Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 10:26 am
"Simple," you may say. "All you have to do is test the theory against experimental data and, if predictions don't work, toss the theory in the garbage can." In practice, however, things are way more complicated.
Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 7:47 pm
NPR does not owe it to humanitarian agencies such as the American Red Cross to laud their efforts. What NPR owes is to report fair, accurate and complete news to the American people.
But humanitarian groups are part of that public and are crucial to the social fabric of the nation. We as a people especially appreciate the work by selfless volunteers who bring relief in the wake of disasters. Many of us have pitched in to help in our communities, and even overseas. The volunteers are us, or at least who many of us want to be.
It has been a bloody last couple of days in Nigeria: First on Sunday, two car bombs exploded near a church inside a military base. According to the AP, hospital officials said the death toll in that incident has grown to 30.
And today, the AP reports, there is news that gunmen rushed a police station in the nation's capital of Abuja.
U.S. households owe a bit less than they did at the peak of the bubble. But they still owe a lot: $11.4 trillion, give or take a few billion. Mortgage and home-equity debt is still by far the biggest chunk of that debt.
A Syrian rebel fighter is shown in the northeastern Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 11, several days after the rebels captured it. The rebel takeover has created friction with the town's Kurdish population.
Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 5:49 pm
When Syrian rebels seized the border post at Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 8, they celebrated the victory and went on to "liberate" the town, a place where both Arabs and Kurds live on Syria's northeast border with Turkey.
But the Kurdish inhabitants quickly saw their "liberation" as a disaster. Within days, dozens were dead in clashes between Kurdish militias and the rebels.