12:44pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA: Sun Getting Ready For A 'Field Flip'

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:05 pm

NASA/SDO

Our nearest star is about to pull a once-in-11-years move by swapping its north and south magnetic poles.

The sun's polarity switch is a natural part of "solar max" — the period of peak activity during what averages out to be roughly an 11-year cycle. According to NASA, this year will mark the fourth time since 1976 that scientists have observed the 180-degree pole flip.

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12:29pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'Dream 9' Activists Released From Immigration Detention

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 12:41 pm

Nine young activists who have come to be known as the "Dream 9" were released from an immigration detention center on Wednesday, while their asylum cases come before a court.

The Los Angeles Times has the background:

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12:23pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Movie Interviews

In 'A World,' All Voice-Overs Are Not Created Equal

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 5:35 pm

Both Lake Bell and Fred Melamed say they became interested in voice-over work because it didn't matter what you looked like. They play father and daughter voice-over artists in In a World ...
Bonnie Osborne Roadside Attractions

Don LaFontaine had a voice anyone would recognize. As a voice-over artist, he recorded thousands of movie trailers and TV commercials, and became famous for his delivery of the phrase "In a world," which kicked off countless trailers. He died in 2008, but the new comedy In a World ... -- written and directed by actress Lake Belltells the story of voice-over artists competing to become the next LaFontaine.

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11:56am

Thu August 8, 2013

11:42am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'New York Times' Is Not For Sale, Sulzberger Says

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 12:37 pm

Ramin Talaie Getty Images

Responding to speculation that his newspaper would be next, New York Times Publisher and Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has issued a flat "the Times is not for sale" statement.

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11:17am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Says Nidal Hasan Can Represent Himself In Fort Hood Trial

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 12:28 pm

Maj. Nidal Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 of attempted murder for the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.
Bell County Sheriff's Office Reuters/Landov

The judge presiding over the case of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people during a 2009 shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas, said Hasan can continue to defend himself, The Associated Press reports.

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11:12am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

World-Record Snakehead Fish Caught In U.S.

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:59 am

Caleb Newton, who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., holds the 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead fish he caught in June. The International Game Fish Association has approved a world record for his catch of the invasive predator.
Griffin Moores The Free Lance-Star

A Virginia man has caught the largest northern snakehead on record with a rod and reel, landing a 17-pound, 6-ounce specimen of the fish often called "Frankenfish" for their monster-like appearance and tenacious survival skills.

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11:06am

Thu August 8, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Gigging The Edible Frog: An Inhumane Tradition

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Late last Friday afternoon, just about to relax into the weekend, I checked NPR.org to see what was new and ran smack into a story about a cruel tradition here in the American South: frog gigging.

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10:29am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Stars And Stripes: Pair Of Sumatran Tigers Born At National Zoo

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 1:03 pm

A Tigercubcam view of the new cubs, born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Monday.
Smithsonian's National Zoo

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has announced the birth of a pair of Sumatran tigers, a species that has dwindled to less than 500 in the wild. Both mother and cubs are reportedly doing well.

There was no immediate word Thursday on the sex of the cubs.

Four-year-old Damai gave birth on Monday. The new arrivals appear healthy, and so far, "Damai is being a great mom, and is nursing and grooming both cubs," the zoo says on its website.

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10:18am

Thu August 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Disclose Plans To Make Superflu In Labs

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:56 am

Some scientists think new types of bird flus should arise only in chickens, not in labs. Here a worker collects poultry on a farm in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the H5N1 virus was infecting animals in October 2011.
Prakas Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Who do these guys think they are, the Dr. Frankensteins of virology?

First, two teams of virologists created more dangerous versions of the deadly H5N1 flu. Now they want to give the H7N9 virus, which has already sickened at least 134 people and killed 43 people in Asia, a few new capabilities: drug resistance, faster transmission between people and the ability to sneak past the immune system.

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