2:35pm

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Scientists: 'No Options' To Stop Massive Asteroids On Collision Course

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 3:40 pm

Actor Bruce Willis on the surface of an asteroid from the movie Armageddon. Lawmakers are questioning the likelihood of the movie's plot becoming reality.
Frank Masi ASSOCIATED PRESS

Without "a few years" warning, humans currently have no capacity to stop an asteroid on a collision course with the planet, scientists told a Senate panel Wednesday.

"Right now we have no options," said former astronaut Ed Lu. "If you dont know where they are, there's nothing you can do."

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2:33pm

Wed March 20, 2013
It's All Politics

Voter Cast-Off Charlie Crist Tops Florida Governor's Race Poll

Democrats who haven't controlled the governor's mansion in Tallahassee in 14 years could have a good opportunity to win it back next November.

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2:24pm

Wed March 20, 2013
The Salt

Recipes, Not Rockets: Cookbook Offers New Lens On Gaza

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 8:21 am

Fatema Qaadan prepares fatta, a meal of buttery rice and griddle bread served with roasted meat.
Courtesy of Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

When you think about the Gaza Strip, do you think "organic farming"? How about "family dairy"? Would you expect California pistachios to flavor made-in-Gaza baklava? Have you heard that Hamas has a 10-year plan to develop sustainable local agriculture?

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2:19pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

How A Patient's Suicide Changed A Doctor's Approach To Guns

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:11 am

Dr. Frank Dumont at his clinic in Estes Park, Colo.
Barry Gutierrez for NPR

Dr. Frank Dumont knew one of his favorite patients was getting depressed.

When Dumont first started seeing him in his family practice, the man was in his 70s. He was active and fit; he enjoyed hiking into his 80s. But then things started to change.

"He started complaining of his memory starting to slip," Dumont says. The man would forget where he had placed objects, and he'd struggle to remember simple words and phrases.

Dumont prescribed antidepressants and saw him every eight weeks or so.

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1:04pm

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

When It Comes To Cyberwarfare, North Korea Is No Newbie

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:25 pm

Members of the Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) check on cyberattacks Wednesday.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

Who or what caused a takedown of computer systems at banks and broadcasters in South Korea on Wednesday is still a matter of speculation, but suspicion immediately and unsurprisingly fell on Seoul's archenemy to the north.

If true, it wouldn't be the first time that North Korea, often regarded as technologically backward, has successfully wielded the computer as weapon.

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12:58pm

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

We Have Liftoff: Apollo Rocket Engines Reportedly Pulled From Ocean Floor

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 3:41 pm

Apollo 11 climbs toward orbit after liftoff on July 16, 1969. In 2 1/2 minutes of powered flight, the S-IC booster lifts the vehicle to an altitude of about 39 miles, some 55 miles downrange.
NASA

12:50pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

As Health Law Turns Three, Public Is As Confused As Ever

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 7:07 am

Couldn't hurt to make a wish for good health!
Ruth Black iStockphoto.com

As the Affordable Care Act nears its third birthday this Saturday, a poll finds the public actually knows less about the law now than when it passed in 2010. Oh, and a lot of what people think they know just isn't so.

Those are the central findings of this month's tracking poll just released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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12:33pm

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Ahead Of Federal Reserve Statement, Stocks Are Up

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:27 pm

Update at 2:03 p.m. ET. Rates Unchanged:

Following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve said in a policy statement today that it is continuing with its "highly accommodative stance of monetary policy."

That means that it will stay the course with its aggressive stimulus, buying $85 billion of bonds a month.

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12:06pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Author Interviews

'Sex And The Citadel' Peeks Inside Private Lives In The Arab World

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:49 pm

Shereen El Feki is the author of Sex and the Citadel.
Kristof Arasim Pantheon

"I know of young women who have been returned to their families by their husbands because, as you say, they did not bleed on defloweration," Shereen El Feki tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

El Feki, the author of the new book Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World, spent five years traveling across the Arab region asking people about sex: what they do, what they don't, what they think and why.

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11:28am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Salt

Whole Milk Or Skim? Study Links Fattier Milk To Slimmer Kids

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 10:23 am

Parents are currently advised to switch toddlers to reduced-fat milk at age 2.
David M. Goehring/Via Flickr

The job of parenting toddlers ain't easy. Consider the 2-year-old to-do list: Get tantrums under control. Potty train. Transition from whole milk to low-fat milk.

Speaking from experience, only one of these things was easy.

As my daughter turned 2 in January, we made the simple switch to reduced-fat milk. Done. Don't need to overthink this one, right?

After all, I'm following the evidence-based advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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