3:03am

Tue August 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:59 am

A rendering of a Hyperloop pod.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.

The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles per hour, which could get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes.

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3:02am

Tue August 13, 2013
The Salt

Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World's Seeds

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:59 am

Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault.
Grace Hood KUNC

When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn't take long for accusations to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., for about seven years up until late 2011.

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3:01am

Tue August 13, 2013
Parallels

Windsor, Ontario, To Detroit: 'Reset And Come Out Stronger'

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:59 am

The Detroit skyline seen from Windsor, Ontario. The two cities are connected by more than just a bridge.
Carlos Osorio AP

The Detroit River is the mile-wide boundary that separates the United States and Canada. And the city park on the Windsor, Ontario, side of the river offers a better view of the Detroit skyline than anywhere else.

In a quirk of geography, Detroit actually sits north of its Canadian neighbor. Natives like Stephen Santarossa, who's from Windsor, love this bit of trivia and relish the puzzled look on visitors' faces as they try to draw that mental map.

"Do you realize that you are now looking north?" he says.

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3:01am

Tue August 13, 2013
U.S.

Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif.

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:59 am

Bison have been roaming the Santa Catalina Island since the 1920s. At one time they numbered more than 600.
Kirk Siegler NPR

In an open-aired Jeep, it's a bone-jarring ride into Santa Catalina Island's vast interior. The dirt road winds and climbs, twists and turns, climbing 2,000 feet up.

From there, the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean comes back into view, and if you squint, you can see downtown Los Angeles 30 miles off on the horizon.

Some days, you can also see wild bison.

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3:00am

Tue August 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

Patients Can Pay A High Price For ER Convenience

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:59 am

In case of emergency, go to the strip mall or the hospital?
iStockphoto.com

Medical entrepreneurs are remaking the emergency room experience. They're pulling the emergency room out of the hospital and planting it in the strip mall.

It's called a "free-standing ER," and some 400 of them have opened across the country in the past four years.

The trend is hot around Houston, where there are already 41 free-standing ERs and 10 more in the works.

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1:15am

Tue August 13, 2013
The Two-Way

North Carolina Governor Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 2:59 pm

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory delivers the State of the State address in February in Raleigh.
Ted Richardson AP

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Monday a controversial measure that overhauls the state's election laws. It requires government-issued photo IDs at the polls, reduces the early voting period by one week and ends same day registration.

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12:03am

Tue August 13, 2013
The Record

The White Mandingos: Music That Defies Definition

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:59 am

The White Mandingos are, from left, Sacha Jenkins, Murs and Darryl Jenifer.
Courtesy of Biz 3 Publicity

7:09pm

Mon August 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Throws Out Discrimination Claims Against Paula Deen

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:24 pm

Will Paula Deen's admission of using a racial slur crumble her empire?
Courtesy of Food Network AP

A federal judge in Georgia threw out the discrimination claims against Paula Deen on Monday in a lawsuit that sparked widespread criticism, led sponsors to jump ship and the Food Network to drop her show.

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6:01pm

Mon August 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Veteran And Service Dog Told To Leave N.J. Boardwalk

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 7:38 pm

A 19-year Army veteran was given a summons and told to leave the oceanside boardwalk in North Wildwood, N.J., Thursday, after a police officer refused to accept the presence of the veteran's service dog. Jared Goering says it was the first vacation for him and his wife, Sally, in years.

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5:27pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Education

Ala. School District Cancels Bus Service, Igniting Controversy

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 6:03 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

I'm Robert Siegel.

For many communities around the country, the yellow school bus is the quintessential sign that school is in session. Well, one school district is taking its buses off the roads. Citing the need to cut costs, district officials in Hoover, Alabama are canceling school bus service starting one year from now.

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