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9:35am

Fri July 31, 2015
The Two-Way

Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:34 pm

People are silhouetted against a nearly full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. July 31 marks the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that has come to be known as a "blue moon."
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Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Get ready for a very rare event tonight — a blue moon.

But don't expect to see a new hue. A blue moon, at least according to the modern definition of the term, has nothing to do with color. It simply means a second full moon in the same calendar month.

As NASA explains in the video above: "Most blue moons appear pale gray and white, just like the moon you've seen on any other night."

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9:03am

Fri July 31, 2015
NPR Ed

Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:15 am

White House staff walk into the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla.
Evan Vucci AP

The Obama administration Friday is taking a small step toward expanding adult prisoners' access to federal Pell grants. The money would help pay for college-level classes behind bars.

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9:00am

Fri July 31, 2015
The Two-Way

WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:42 am

New classified documents released by WikiLeaks purport to show that the United States spied on Japan's government, as well as on Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

In one document marked "top secret," the U.S. allegedly distributed information from a conversation between cabinet-level officials from four ministries and Japan's chief cabinet secretary about Japan's G-8 proposals on climate change.

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7:24am

Fri July 31, 2015
Around the Nation

Great White Shark Keeps Swimmer From Desired Goal

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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6:52am

Fri July 31, 2015
Around the Nation

People Who Text While Walking Develop Protective Shuffle

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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6:23am

Fri July 31, 2015
The Two-Way

Beijing Awarded The 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:12 am

Beijing's National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Games.
Bullit Marquez AP

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

The International Olympic Committee has awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games.

With the selection, the Chinese city will become the first to host both winter and summer games. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

With a vote of 44 to 40, Beijing beat out Almaty, the biggest city in Kazakhstan.

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Animals

Here's How To Identify Sounds You Hear In Nature

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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Thanks to smartphones, you rarely have to strain anymore to remember the name of a song. Start up a phone app. Hold your device by the radio or a restaurant speaker. And the app will usually recognize the song.

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Movie Reviews

Movie Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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Another "Mission: Impossible" movie opens today. The franchise has been good to Tom Cruise, raking in more than $2 billion in worldwide box office receipts. So now take five. Here's our critic Kenneth Turan.

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Middle East

Ex-Mossad Chief Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Sports

IOC Awards Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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And the winner is...

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 - Beijing.

(APPLAUSE)

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Planet Money

Remembering When Driverless Elevators Drew Skepticism

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Research News

Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
All Tech Considered

In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

A pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle as part of a demonstration at Mcity on July 20, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Paul Sancya AP

When engineers at Ford want to see how a new car handles, they take it to a large track with loops and straightaways. But that traditional testing ground isn't much help to Randy Visintainer, director of Ford's autonomous vehicles program.

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Parallels

In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:17 pm

Victoria, a 2-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down a 10-meter line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard.
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It's 5:45 in the morning, and in a training field outside Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's demining rats are already hard at work. Their noses are close to the wet grass, darting from side to side, as they try to detect explosives buried just beneath the ground.

Each rat is responsible for clearing a 200-square-meter (239-square-yard) patch of land. Their Cambodian supervisor, Hulsok Heng, says they're good at it.

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Politics

Are Donald Trump's Pockets Deep Enough To Fund His Campaign?

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in front of his campaign plane in Laredo, Texas, last week.
LM Otero AP

In the weeks since Donald Trump launched his self-financed bid for president, the multibillionaire's hard-edged rhetoric has gotten far more attention than the potential impact of his massive wealth.

Trump has several times said his net worth is or exceeds $10 billion, providing all the money he needs to run.

"I don't need anybody's money," he said as he announced his candidacy in June. "I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich."

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