2:17pm

Wed March 12, 2014
The Salt

Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:01 pm

Philip James, Chairman of CustomVine, and Kevin Boyer, President and CEO of CustomVine, film a video to promote The Miracle Machine, which turns water into wine with the use of an app.
Courtesy of The Miracle Machine

Think a machine that can turn water into wine is too good to be true? Well, it turns out, it is.

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2:15pm

Wed March 12, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Truth Is, Philosophy Rules Your World

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 10:28 am

A 2012 installation in the small Italian village of Corigliano d'Otranto celebrates the philosophies of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and their search for a better way of life.
Carlo Hermann AFP/Getty Images

If philosophy's main goal is to figure out what makes life worth living, it is also, by extension, a preparation for dying. Plato knew this and took it to heart. And now we can listen to him again, and learn something useful. The man who gave us philosophy as we know it is back, walking among us, going to TV talk shows, visiting Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., having his brain examined by a naïve reductionist neuroscientist, engaging with our current struggles.

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2:11pm

Wed March 12, 2014
It's All Politics

Obama's Overtime Move Designed To Excite Base, Swing Voters

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 10:42 am

President Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour during an event last week in New Britain, Conn. The effort to raise wages is seen as part of his State of the Union promise of a "year of action."
Stephan Savoia AP

President Obama's planned move to expand the pool of the nation's employees covered by overtime pay laws was hailed Wednesday by Democrats as key to their midterm election strategy.

And it was just as predictably criticized by conservatives as an overreach by a president who recently characterized income inequality as the "defining challenge of our time."

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2:10pm

Wed March 12, 2014
#NPRWIT: Women In Tech

Nigeria's First Female Finance Minister: Still Big Problems In Soaring Economy

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:19 pm

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1:55pm

Wed March 12, 2014
Music

Nollywood Filmmaker Sings To His 'African Queen'

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:19 pm

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1:55pm

Wed March 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Why Did The Possibly Pregnant Shark Cross The Atlantic?

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 4:55 pm

"Lydia" shortly before a tracking device was attached to her last year near Jacksonville, Fla.
OCEARCH.org

You kind of have to admire headlines such as this:

"UK-bound great white shark Lydia could be PREGNANT"

That's the Mirror doing its best to scare folks into reading its report.

The story behind the scary headline, though, is interesting.

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1:54pm

Wed March 12, 2014
World

Paralympics In Full Swing In Sochi

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:19 pm

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1:52pm

Wed March 12, 2014
Code Switch

For Player At Center Of NFL Bullying Story, A New Opportunity

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:52 pm

Jonathan Martin watched USC take on Stanford, his alma mater, after he abruptly walked away from the Miami Dolphins. Martin said that he left after he was relentlessly bullied by another Dolphins offensive lineman, Richie Incognito.
Mark J. Terrill AP

When Jonathan Martin abruptly left the Miami Dolphins in the middle of last season after alleging harassment by his teammate, Richie Incognito, it sparked media discussions about everything from the use of the word "nigger" in N.F.L. locker rooms to the construction of masculinity.

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1:41pm

Wed March 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:41 am

Scoot McNairy (left) and Lee Pace star in AMC's upcoming show Halt and Catch Fire.
Tina Rowden AMC

Television show creators are peering into the geeky and moneyed world of computer programmers with a new comedy from HBO and a drama from AMC, both debuting this spring.

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1:03pm

Wed March 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel OKs Controversial Law To Conscript Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:20 pm

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men attend the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hagar in Bnei Brak, outside Tel Aviv, in 2012.
Oliver Weiken EPA/Landov

Israeli lawmakers have voted to end the practice of exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredi, from national service, a move that opens them up to military conscription for the first time in the country's 65-year history.

The Knesset passed the measure 67-1 with the opposition boycotting it in the 120-member legislature.

Haredi Judaism is a branch of the religion that shuns modern secular culture. Adherents, including Hasidic Jews, are distinguished partly by their conservative and uniform attire.

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