2:38pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

The Heat, The Fires, The Flooding: Is Climate Change To Blame?

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 4:12 pm

People enjoy the view from a lifeguard structure as the sun sets at Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, California on Monday. Much of the U.S. has been gripped by a relentless heatwave, sparking health warnings and sending people to makeshift cooling shelters.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Every time there's been a bout of severe weather, like the heat wave in the northeast, the wild fires in the west and flooding across the U.K, the talk, naturally, turns to climate change.

The big question: How much does global warming have to do with severe weather?

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2:12pm

Tue July 10, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

A Twitter Conversation: #NPRCities Roundtable

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 6:34 pm

Peter Booth and Alexandra Booth iStockphoto

What do you think makes a better city? Do you like a mix of old and new on the same block?

Several urban thinkers joined us for a discussion on Twitter, including Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution, Carol Coletta of ArtPlace America, writer and blogger Aaron Renn, The Atlantic Cities editor Sommer Mathis and Diana Lind of Next American City.

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2:01pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When Does An App Need FDA's Blessing?

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 6:34 pm

Pedometer, an app, keeps track of your steps, distance traveled and calories burned.
Benjamin Morris NPR

Bernard Farrell obsesses over every bite he eats, every minute of exercise he gets, and everything that stresses him out. And, more than anything else, Farrell obsesses over his blood sugar.

He has to. Farrell, 55, has Type 1 diabetes.

"Pretty much everything affects our blood sugar," says Farrell, of Littleton, Mass.

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1:52pm

Tue July 10, 2012

1:07pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Salt

The Importance Of Making Sushi And Mozzarella On Mars

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:31 pm

Rupert Spies, Senior Lecturer in Food and Beverage Management at Cornell, gives a hands-on workshop on bread making with the NASA team.
Jason Koski courtesy of Cornell University Photography

You might be surprised at how powdered milk, dehydrated kelp and shelf-stable chorizo can come together in ways that taste good — especially if you've been cooped up for a few months on a mission with five strangers on a desolate lava crater in Hawaii.

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12:48pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

3 Former Armstrong Associates Receive Lifetime Bans For Doping Violations

Lance Armstrong, rear left in yellow jersey, rides in the pack flanked by his US Postal Service teammates during the 18th stage of the Tour de France in 2004.
Christophe Ena AP

Two doctors and a trainer affiliated with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong have received lifetime bans from the sport because they failed to contest allegations that they violated doping bans.

The former members of the U.S. Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team — Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, cycling team doctor, Dr. Michele Ferrari, cycling team consulting doctor, and Jose "Pepe" Martí, cycling team trainer — were charged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency at the same time they announced charges against Armstrong.

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12:39pm

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Is Kim Jong Un's Mystery Woman The 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady?'

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 10:31 am

In this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service on Monday, July 9, 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and a woman clap with others on Friday as they watch a performance by North Korea's new Moranbong band in Pyongyang. Observers think she is Hyon Song-wol.
AP

It seems that North Korea's young leader may have reconnected with an old love.

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12:21pm

Tue July 10, 2012
World Cafe

Megan Reilly On World Cafe

Megan Reilly.
Jason Creps

Originally from Memphis but a resident of New York City for the past decade or so, singer-songwriter Megan Reilly has a fan in Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, who helped her get her original record deal. Ever since, Reilly's country-inflected soft rock has evolved further into pop territory since her 2002 debut Arc of Tessa and 2006's Let Your Ghost Go.

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12:05pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

CDC Now Has Tips For Surviving A Wedding

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 2:31 pm

"Bridezilla" or tornado?
iStockphoto.com

If you're planning a wedding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some advice for you. Really.

Leave it to the public health gurus to turn a day that's supposed to be one of the happiest in people's lives into a lesson in preparing for a real-life nightmare.

Just check out the "CDC's Wedding Day Survival Guide," featuring tips like this:

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11:46am

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

School Is 'Too Easy' Say American Students

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 12:28 pm

Many American students say school is too easy.
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Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. That's according to new analysis of federal data (pdf) conducted by the Washington think tank American Progress.

The organization, which promotes "progressive ideas and action," came to that conclusion when it analyzed surveys given to students by the Department of Education for its National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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