With the election over, attention in Washington has turned to the nation's debt and deficit challenges — most immediately the looming fiscal cliff. That's the $600 billion worth of expiring tax breaks and automatic spending cuts set to start taking effect Jan. 1.
The president and Congress agreed to those automatic measures to force themselves to find a more palatable compromise to rein in deficits. On Wednesday, there was an attempt to jump-start that process.
The same brain system that controls our muscles also helps us remember music, scientists say.
When we listen to a new musical phrase, it is the brain's motor system — not areas involved in hearing — that helps us remember what we've heard, researchers reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans last month.
As we near the end of another year, the music industry has a few reasons to be optimistic. Digital music sales are expected to reach record highs this year, and legal streaming services continue to gain in popularity. But unauthorized music file sharing is still going strong.
The relationship between science and the government shifted dramatically in the wake of World War II, when the fruits of basic research resulted in an applied technology that changed the course of the war and world forever. Above, a nuclear explosion at the <a href="http://www.wsmr.army.mil/PAO/Trinity/Pages/default.aspx">Trinity Site</a> on July 16, 1945.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:55 pm
Now that the election is over and we have a winner, we can move on to consider questions that are of concern to any presidency. In fact, the question I'd like to consider today goes to the very core of scientific research and the way it functions in modern democracies, fomenting intellectual and technological innovation.
Are scientists who receive funds from the government free to create?
Professional illustrator Wendy MacNaughton was stationed at NPR headquarters on election night, live sketching our reporting. See more of her work from the evening here: <a href="http://bit.ly/SovjOZ">http://bit.ly/SovjOZ </a>
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:20 pm
In the year and a half leading up to last night, NPR's Election and Washington teams worked nearly non-stop: producing live coverage, special series, profiles and reports of the politics taking shape across the country. And many others in the media stopped to take notice. So, with winners decided in the majority of elections, take a look back at a selection of coverage about NPR News "Election 2012":
Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:38 pm
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Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 2:39 pm
If you're a coffee drinker, chances are the cup of java you drank this morning was made from beans that were produced or harvested by women. Women's handprints can be found at every point in coffee production.
In fact, on family-owned coffee farms in Africa, about 70 percent of maintenance and harvesting work is done by women, according to an analysis by the International Trade Centre, but only rarely do women own the land or have financial control.