Tue September 11, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

The Miracle Of The Levitating Slinky

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:43 am



Tue September 11, 2012

Arctic Sea Ice Melt Sets Record

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:46 pm



Every summer, some of the ice that covers the Arctic Ocean melts. Come mid-September, it begins to refreeze. Scientists began to monitor this cycle in the late 1970s, and this year, they saw less ice than ever before - a lot less ice. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris joins us here in Studio 3A. Richard, nice to have you on the program.

RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Always a pleasure, Neal.

CONAN: And how big is this change?

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Tue September 11, 2012
The Two-Way

The Mysterious Case Of China's Disappearing Heir Apparent

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 11:21 pm

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping addresses the opening ceremony of the autumn semester of the Party School of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Sept. 1.
Xinhua, Li Tao AP

In the rarefied air of China's leadership circle, anything that strays from strict protocol becomes grist for the rumor mill.

So it is with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of Xi Jinping, the presumptive heir to President Hu Jintao.

Xi, 59, has inexplicably missed a series of important meetings with foreign dignitaries in the past week, including one with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing. The last time anyone saw him in public was Sept. 1.

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Tue September 11, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Science, Solace And Hope

Newborn stars, hidden behind thick dust, are revealed in this image of a section of the Christmas Tree Cluster from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
 Star-forming clouds like this one are dynamic and evolving structures. Since the stars trace the straight line pattern of spokes of a wheel, scientists believe that these are newborn stars — or "protostars" — about 100,000 years old.
Spitzer Space Telescope NASA/JPL-Caltech/P.S. Teixeira

I would like to give you this. It's not much. But in its way it may offer some solace on this date always synonymous with suffering.

It's an image. It is a picture of someplace else, someplace utterly different, someplace that knows nothing of the hatred, bigotry and violence humans unleash on each other for the most seemly absurd reasons.

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Tue September 11, 2012
Monkey See

TIFF '12: 'Mr. Pip' And Literary Escape

Hugh Laurie and Xzannjah in Mr. Pip.
Toronto International Film Festival

[Monkey See will be at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) through the middle of this week. We'll be bringing you our takes on films both large and small, from people both well-known and not.]

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Tue September 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Moody's Warns Of Downgrade If Congress Doesn't Move On Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:59 pm

Speaker of the House John Boehner says he has little of hope of reaching a resolution on the so-called "fiscal cliff."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

We've already heard warnings about the so called "fiscal cliff" from the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office.

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Tue September 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

More Vaccines Come Without Copays, Unless You're On Medicare

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 1:31 pm

Got Medicare? That vaccination could cost you.
Pamela Moore iStockphoto.com

The health care overhaul law makes it easier for most people with private insurance to get the vaccines they need without going into their pockets for a copay. Medicare beneficiaries don't get the quite same sweet deal, though.

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Tue September 11, 2012
Planet Money

The iPhone 5 And The Economy: Don't Believe The Hype

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 12:13 pm

Waiting to help the economy grow.
Kiichiro Sato AP

The iPhone 5 will give a nice boost to U.S. economic growth in the last three months of this year, according to a new note from JPMorgan.

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Tue September 11, 2012
National Security

Can Counseling Complicate Your Security Clearance?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:57 pm

To get security clearance for jobs in the military or the government, applicants must say whether they've undergone counseling in recent years. Some experts say this question — known as Question 21 — is discouraging people from applying for jobs or from getting help.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Jennifer Norris was a devoted member of the Maine National Guard.

"I was ecstatic. I absolutely loved serving in the military," she says.

Norris still wanted a career in the Guard even after she was sexually assaulted by other members of the military. After she was raped, she says she got psychological counseling.

But then it came time to renew the security clearance she needed for her job as a satellite communications technician. One question on the form — Question 21 — asked whether she'd sought help from a mental health professional over the past seven years.

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Tue September 11, 2012
The Two-Way

GoDaddy Says Outage Was Not Caused By Hack

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 11:58 am

GoDaddy logo.

The web hosting company GoDaddy says it has finished an investigation into yesterday's outages and the company has concluded that it was not caused by an external hack.

As we told you yesterday, many of GoDaddy's members complained that their websites were inaccesible for a while on Monday. The company hosts some 5 million websites and has registered more than 53 million domain names.

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