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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Legos Are Getting Angrier And That's Not Funny, Study Says

Lego faces are more often looking like that guy on the left, researchers say.
Axel Heimken DPA/LANDOV

This is not from The Onion:

"The number of happy faces on Lego toy mini-figures is decreasing and the number of angry faces is increasing, a University of Canterbury robot expert says."

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Shots - Health News
1:16 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Chopped: How Amputated Fingertips Sometimes Grow Back

A little bit of nail can help a fingertip regrow.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 2:38 pm

When a kid lops off a fingertip with a cleaver or car door, there's a chance the end of the digit will grow back. The fingerprint will be gone, and the tip may look a bit strange. But the flesh, bone and nail could return.

Now biologists at New York University have figured out just how this lizard-like regeneration happens in mice. There's some secret sauce at the nail cuticle that makes it possible, scientists report Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:16 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Modern Science And Our Sense Of Wonder

Reality? Of a kind.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:40 am

We think we know the real world; it's the one we perceive around us. All we have to do is open our eyes, sharpen our ears and we have a portrait of reality based on our senses. Most of us are perfectly happy with this construction, not knowing or caring that there is a whole lot of reality lurking beyond our senses, invisible and essential.

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Planet Money
1:14 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

In A 17th Century Poet, A Model For Modern Day Cab Drivers

Against the ground we stand and knock our heels, whilst all our profit runs away on smartphone apps.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:35 pm

In cities around the world, technology is threatening the taxi and Towncar business, and the people who own taxi and Towncar companies are going to courts and lawmakers for protection.

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All Tech Considered
1:11 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

A Guide To Tech Terms In The NSA Story

Peter Hoffman for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 2:06 pm

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Monkey See
1:11 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

MTV Promises To Be About Music For An Entire Half Of A Day

Very excited child who does not work for MTV. He's just as surprised as the rest of us. (Probably.)
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:27 am

Well, this is news.

MTV, VH1, and CMT sent out a press release this morning announcing that on July 4th, which they're calling "Music Independence Day" (!) (!!), they will "dedicate their channels exclusively to music."

ALL DAY LONG. If by "all day long," you mean "from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern and Pacific." (Hey, what's a day, right? 12 hours, 24 hours, these are semantics.)

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Book Reviews
1:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Frontier Preachers Thump More Than Bibles In 'Blood Of Heaven'

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:03 am

Today, the state of Florida doesn't see much in the way of revolution. The current governor is deeply unpopular, it's true, but the people of the Sunshine State are still pretty far from armed rebellion. This was not always the case. Many years before the West was won and the Monroe Doctrine proclaimed America's shores inviolable, western Florida was an international battleground where newly independent Americans fought with Spanish and French imperialists for control of valuable New World real estate.

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Kitchen Window
1:07 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Kitchen Window: A Guide to Grilling Beyond 'Dude Food'

Peter Ogburn for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:40 pm

I have vivid memories of my mom going out of town one weekend and my dad feeding me fried bologna sandwiches for three nights in a row. He didn't make the sandwiches because I liked them; he made them because he can't cook. He can't get around a kitchen. He doesn't know how to chop an onion. He has no idea how to roast a chicken. But the man can grill.

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Planet Money
12:55 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Planet Money: Myanmar Opens Up

Nay Aung, founder of a tech startup in Yangon, Myanmar, sits in Taste Cafe, which served as his unofficial office for his first few months in the country. (It was one of the few places in town with a stable Internet connection.)
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:34 pm

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is reconnecting with the rest of the world. On today's show, we meet two people who are trying to take advantage of the changes going on there.

One is launching a tiny startup. The other works for Coca-Cola — a company that left Myanmar decades ago, and only returned to the country last year.

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It's All Politics
12:55 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Conservative Groups Press House GOP To Adopt Hastert Rule

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:53 pm

A who's who of conservative groups is urging House Republicans to adopt a new rule. Well, actually, it's an old rule: the Hastert Rule. Dennis Hastert is the former Republican speaker who adopted the informal guideline that no bill should pass without the support of the majority of the majority.

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