4:41pm

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Mars Curiosity Rover Beams Back First Nighttime, Ultraviolet Photos

This rock target in the "Yellowknife Bay" area of Mars' Gale Crater is called "Sayunei." The image covers an area about 1.3 inches by 1 inch (3.4 by 2.5 centimeters). The illumination came from one of MAHLI's two groups of white LED pairs. This allowed surface features to cast shadows and provide textural detail.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Mars Curiosity Rover has beamed back its first nighttime pictures. It sent one taken while using its white LED lights and another using its ultraviolet LED lights.

It's a milestone and the pictures are pretty cool. But they don't tell us much of anything yet.

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3:51pm

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Mon Dieu! A 'Hashtag' Is Now A 'Mot-dièse' In France

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:13 pm

The agency charged with finding French alternatives to foreign-language terms has put an end to the word "hashtag" in France.

From now on, reports Fast Company, the Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie has decided "mot-dièse" (that's MO-dee-YEZ for those of you who are not Francophiles) is the new hashtag.

Fast Company explains:

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3:24pm

Fri January 25, 2013
It's All Politics

Some In GOP Want New Electoral College Rules

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 4:00 pm

Not many Americans are fans of the Electoral College. But trying to change the way electoral votes are allocated makes lots of people unhappy, too.

That's what Republicans in a number of states are finding just now. There are a half-dozen states that President Obama carried last November where both the legislature and the governor's office are controlled by the GOP — Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Virginia.

In most of those states, there are efforts under way to change how electoral votes are distributed.

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3:16pm

Fri January 25, 2013
World

Spain's Strapped Towns Look To Churches For Cash

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 5:12 pm

The Cathedral of Alcala de Henares is one of many buildings owned by the Catholic Church in Alcala de Henares, Spain. The town, which is outside Madrid, is broke and is pursuing a plan to have the church pay additional taxes.
JMN JMN/Getty Images

The Catholic Church is Spain's largest and richest landowner, though its nonprofit status means it is exempt from paying most taxes.

But amid the current economic crisis, that may be changing.

One college town just outside Madrid is leading an effort by some Spanish municipalities to serve the church an up-to-date property tax bill.

Alcala de Henares is re-evaluating the status of hundreds of church holdings that have been exempt from paying property tax for hundreds of years.

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2:50pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Underground Comedy

'Organic: A Comedy Tour Documentary' Comes To Chattanooga

Ryan Singer and Jarrod Harris will perform at JJ's Bohemia on Jan 29th
Credit Ryan Singer

The Organic Comedy Tour will stop in Chattanooga on January 29th.  More than a comedy show, it’s a documentary-in-progress about underground comedy.  In this segment, we explain what "underground comedy" is and how Chattanooga fits in.

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2:42pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Music

New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 7:25 pm

In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy.
Michal Daniel Minnesota Opera

As a play, Doubt won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. As a movie, it secured Oscar nominations for Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. This weekend, Doubt gets its world premiere as an opera — which, according to the work's original playwright, provides the story's fullest telling.

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1:58pm

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

'Lingering Issues' From Concussion Means Clinton Will Wear Glasses For A Time

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:15 pm

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Lots has been made about Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and her glasses. New York Magazine, for example, ran a photo gallery of how Clinton used her glasses to convey emotions during the Benghazi hearings on the Hill.

Today, State Department spokesman Philippe Reines responded to the magazine's photogallery providing a serious explanation for the new accessory:

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1:51pm

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Don McLean Fined For Speeding; No Chevy (Or Levee) Involved

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 3:22 pm

Don McLean back in the day (1975). American Pie came out in 1971.
Central Press Getty Images

Singer Don McLean has been fined $400, BDN Maine Midcoast reports, for cruising through a Rockport, Maine, school zone last September at 43 mph when the legal limit was 15 mph.

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1:49pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Planet Money

Free Breast Pumps And The Cost Of Health Care

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 5:12 pm

Health insurance plans now have to cover the full cost of breast pumps for nursing mothers. This is the result of a provision in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), and the new rule took effect for many people at the start of this year.

It's led to a boom in the sale of the pumps, which can cost hundreds of dollars.

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1:40pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Walk While You Talk: The Meeting Goes Mobile

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 1:17 pm

This meeting will now come to order.
iStockphoto.com

Who likes meetings? Anybody?

Didn't think so.

Now what if the meeting were held on the go instead of in a stuffy conference room?

If that sounds a little better, then try a walking meeting. You and your colleagues can talk shop and get some exercise.

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