Weekend All Things Considered

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5:35pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Salt

NYC's Fast-Food Workers Strike, Demand 'Living Wages'

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:20 pm

Demonstrators from the Fast Food Forward rally protest Thursday outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City.
Mary Altaffer AP

Fast-food restaurants were a little bit slower Thursday in New York City. Hundreds of workers staged a one-day strike in what organizers are calling the biggest job action ever in that industry. It's a growing segment of the economy, but workers complain that fast-food jobs don't pay enough to survive in New York City.

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5:03pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Research News

Some Deep-Sea Microbes Are Hungry For Rocket Fuel

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:36 am

This bacterium-like microbe, Archaeoglobus fulgidus, seen here in a false-color image, can live in the high temperatures found near deep-sea vents. They can also survive by consuming perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.
Alfred Pasieka Science Source

It's life, but not as we know it. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that a microbe from deep beneath the ocean can breathe a major ingredient in rocket fuel. The discovery suggests that early life may have used many different kinds of chemicals besides oxygen to survive and thrive.

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4:40pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Found Recipes

A Simple Chinese Twist On Young Soybeans

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:20 pm

Young soybeans, often known as edamame, are firmer than peas. Cookbook author Fuchsia Dunlop says they make an easy and delicious dinner when stir-fried.
Courtesy of Chris Terry

What comes to mind when you think of Chinese food? Is it takeout, thick sauces or deep-fried meat? Cookbook author Fuchsia Dunlop wants to change that.

"Really, the traditional diet is all about vegetables," she says. "In the past, most people couldn't afford to eat much meat, so they had to concentrate on making their everyday vegetarian produce taste sensational."

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4:02pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Europe

Emigre Artist Sculpted Exquisite Gems Of Russian Folk Life

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:20 pm

Bosom Pals, an iconic sculpture by Russian artist Vasily Konovalenko.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science

A team of American researchers is on a treasure hunt for jewels — of both artistic and historic value.

This month, researchers from Denver were in Russia to document the work of Vasily Konovalenko, a former ballet set designer turned sculptor, who created scenes from Russian folk life in semiprecious stones.

In the 1980s, Konovalenko emigrated from what was then the Soviet Union in search of artistic freedom. Now, his legacy is divided between the U.S. and Russia.

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3:47pm

Thu April 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Oregon Weighs Own Gun Measures After Mall Shooting, Newtown

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:20 pm

Gun rights supporters rally at the Oregon Capitol in February.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon state lawmakers have scheduled a marathon public hearing Friday on four gun control bills. The proposals include a ban on guns in schools and criminal background checks for private gun sales.

Opponents are lining up against the measures, but some gun control advocates say the proposals don't go far enough.

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