2:45am

Mon May 6, 2013
Around the Nation

Chicago's Famed Field Museum Struggles To Dig Out Of A Hole

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:25 pm

"Sue," the Tyranosaurus rex skeleton, is one of the most famous exhibits at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History
John Zich AFP/Getty Images

The economy may be on the rebound, but many cultural institutions are still struggling to regain their financial footing. That's especially true for one of the country's most recognized museums β€” the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Known internationally for its research as well as its exhibits, the Field Museum must pay off millions in bond debt β€” and toe an ethical line as it does.

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2:44am

Mon May 6, 2013
Europe

Kerry's Visit To Russia A Chance To Talk Syria, Mend Fences

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:47 am

Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Russia on Monday β€” a trip he calls "long overdue."
Alex Brandon AP

Secretary of State John Kerry sets off for what he calls "a long overdue" trip to Russia on Monday, and Syria is likely to top the agenda.

But U.S.-Russian relations are frosty these days. The U.S. is imposing targeted sanctions on Russian human rights violators, while Moscow is preventing American families from adopting Russian children.

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2:43am

Mon May 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Parents' Saliva On Pacifiers Could Ward Off Baby's Allergies

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 9:33 am

Sucking may be one of the most beneficial ways to clean a baby's dirty pacifier, a study found
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That word "microbiome" β€” describing the collection of bacteria that live in and on our bodies β€” keeps popping up. This time, researchers say that children whose parents clean their pacifiers by sucking them might be less likely to develop allergic conditions because of how their parents' saliva changes their microbiomes.

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2:42am

Mon May 6, 2013
Around the Nation

Port Of Baltimore Seeks Boost From Panama Canal Expansion

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 10:59 am

The Port of Baltimore recently completed a major expansion, which included building a 50-foot berth and dredging the channel. It's in anticipation of increased traffic following the completion of a project to widen the Panama Canal.
Jonathan Blakely NPR

There is constant motion around four new supersized, Chinese-made cranes as they unload cargo from a ship at the Port of Baltimore's freshly constructed Seagirt Marine Terminal.

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2:42am

Mon May 6, 2013
Europe

German Terrorism Trial Puts Racism Fears In The Spotlight

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:24 pm

Ismail Yozgat (right) and Ayse Yozgat pray at a memorial event on the seventh anniversary of the murder of their son Halit in Kassel, Germany.
Uwe Zucchi AP

Emotions ran high as Germany's biggest terrorism trial in decades got underway Monday in Munich. The hearing is on the murders of 10 people who were the victims of a nearly decadelong neo-Nazi terror campaign against the Turkish community there.

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2:40am

Mon May 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Young Girls May Get More 'Teaching Time' From Parents Than Boys Do

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:27 am

Of Blocks And Books: Parents may be more likely to take a young daughter to the library than a son, and to read to the girl for longer periods of time, a new analysis suggests.
Hulton Archive iStockphoto.com

For some years now, teachers and parents have noted something about boys and girls. Starting in elementary school, young girls often score better on reading and math tests than young boys do.

The differences are uneven on different tests and do not describe the experience of every child, but empirical studies do document a difference.

Now, two economists are proposing a partial explanation for the disparity that might give some parents heartburn.

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6:00pm

Sun May 5, 2013
IQ2 Debates

Intelligence Squared US: Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?

Airs Sunday, May 5Β at 6 p.m. Β Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring's height, eye color and intelligence. The science may be closer than you think. Would it lead to eugenics and a stratified society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement? Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity? Our debaters are Sheldon Krimsky, Lord Robert Winston, Nita Farahany, and Lee Silver.Β 

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4:44pm

Sun May 5, 2013
National Security

The Hidden Cost Of The Drone Program

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:02 pm

A model of a drone is hoisted in the air at a protest of the U.S. military's use of drones during a demonstration on April 3 in New York.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

A faint light has begun to shine in recent weeks on the secretive U.S. program of drone strikes and targeted killings.

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4:33pm

Sun May 5, 2013
The Two-Way

The Threat To Indonesia's Biodiversity, Foretold In The 1800s

British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace was not only a key figure in developing the theory of evolution in the mid-19th century but also had the foresight to call for saving endangered species.

Wallace, who died 100 years ago this year, did his most important research in the rich biodiversity of Indonesia, and his plea for preservation is even more compelling than when he wrote it.

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4:04pm

Sun May 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Solar-Powered Airplane Completes First Leg Of U.S. Flight

The Solar Impulse takes off from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., Friday, as a team member rides an electric bike alongside the plane.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

The Solar Impulse, an airplane traveling across the United States using only solar power, is in Phoenix today, after reaching Arizona from California Saturday. It took the plane about 20 hours to travel from Mountain View, Calif., near San Francisco.

The aircraft is capable of flying at night as well as in daytime; the plane had about 75 percent of its battery power remaining when it landed in Arizona.

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