Wed May 8, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Portrait Of A Physicist As A Young Man

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:42 am

Quantum entanglement: a little bit like dancing twins connected by unseen forces.

When I was starting my PhD studies at King's College London, I had the opportunity to meet the famous physicist John Bell. His work established that quantum mechanics — and the bizarre kind of reality it entails — happens to be the way the world is. My conversation with Bell says a lot about how the physics community at large deals with the strange predictions from quantum mechanics. It's mostly with a combination of forced indifference and fear.

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Wed May 8, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Last night, the Alabama Senate approved an Education budget and a two percent pay raise for K-12 employees.  The Senate voted 22-11 for a nearly 5.8 billion dollar budget that would increase spending on schools next year.  Then it voted 18-16 to give teachers a two percent pay increase.  Both the Education budget and the pay raise bill must return to the House for review on Thursday. 

Reshaping Medicaid

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Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Kurdish Militants Begin Historic Withdrawal From Turkey

Today marks the beginning of the pullback of thousands of militant PKK fighters from Turkey back to Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. It's an important milestone in a delicate effort to end nearly three decades of bloodshed that have killed an estimated 35,000 people since 1984.

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Wed May 8, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Wildlife That Isn't Wild And Isn't Alive

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:33 pm



Wed May 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Medicare Pulls Back Curtain On Hospital Bills

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:28 am

Average hospital charges for a major joint replacement, such as an artificial hip, vary widely, as this map from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows.

When it comes to health care, the biggest of the big data are all about Medicare.

So, it's kind of a BIG deal when the government releases what individual hospitals charge Medicare — and what they actually get paid — for the most common diagnoses and treatments.

In a first, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made those figures from more than 3,000 hospitals public Wednesday.

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Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'Do Me A Solid,' Diplomat Rodman Says To North Korea's Kim

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 12:52 pm

Dennis Rodman, in black hat and shades, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a Feb. 28 basketball game in Pyongyang.

America's unlikeliest link to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reached out to his friend in a bid to have an American citizen released from one of the communist nation's notorious labor camps.

"I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose," former basketball star Dennis Rodman tweets.

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Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

31 Suspects In 3 Nations Nabbed In $50 Million Diamond Heist

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:55 pm

Yves Herman Reuters /Landov

Remember that brazen, right-out-of-the-movies diamond heist at Brussels' international airport on Feb. 18?

Now there's word from The Associated Press that "police on Wednesday claimed a major breakthrough in their investigation ... detaining 31 people in a three-nation sweep."

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Wed May 8, 2013
Kitchen Window

Try A Do-It-Yourself Mother's Day

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:22 pm

T. Susan Chang for NPR

My mother didn't plant a great many spring bulbs. But over by the pachysandra patch, there was a single lovely pink tulip, and I kept my eye on it for two weeks before Mother's Day. When that Sunday morning arrived, I rushed out, snipped it and ran inside to where she lay sleeping to present it to her. "Did you pick that outside?" she inquired, her expression shifting from sleepy surprise to something more complicated. I nodded proudly. "Oh ... thank you, sweetie."

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Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Translators Of Dan Brown Novel Toiled In 'Bunker'

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 8:22 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson Is Retiring

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 11:20 am

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during a match in April.
David Jones EPA /LANDOV
  • From the NPR Newscast: Philip Reeves reports about the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson

There's huge news in the sports world this morning:

Alex Ferguson, who has managed Manchester United football club for 26 years, is retiring at the end of the English Premier League season, which wraps up on May 19.

From London, NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast Desk that:

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