8:33am

Mon July 9, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Think You Know Silicon Valley? Take A Closer Look

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 9:55 am

Just one of the skills needed to make the Silicon organism work.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Regular contributor Stuart Kauffman is joined again this week by Richard Melmon, a managing partner at Bullpen Capital.

Every cell now living is directly connected to the beginning of life. At no time in that cell's three-billion-year history has its DNA existed in isolation from its cellular machinery. They have evolved together.

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8:13am

Mon July 9, 2012
Planet Money

Did The Bank of England Urge Barclays to Lie?

Morning light on the houses of Parliament in London, where Bank of England Deputy Governor Paul Tucker faces questions over his role in a banking scandal.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

The scandal over LIBOR, a key global interest rate, has already hit banks around the world. Today, it moves to the very heart of the British government.

A deputy governor of the Bank of England will be quizzed by parliament on whether he told banks to lie to about the crucial interest rate.

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8:02am

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

In Afghanistan: Bomb Kills Six Americans; Shocking Video Of Woman's Execution

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 11:16 am

A screen grab from the video of a public execution reportedly carried out last month in Afghanistan. The victim is sitting with her back to the executioner, who is at left.
Agence France Presse

"In what was an extraordinarily violent day even by Afghan standards, separate incidents on Sunday killed seven Western troops, including six Americans who died in a single blast, along with five Afghan police officers and at least 18 civilians," the Los Angeles Times writes.

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7:09am

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Ahhh! Some Relief From The Heat

Dancing in the rain: New York City got some relief from the heat as early as Saturday, when this young woman danced in the rain in Times Square.
John Minchillo AP

The oppressive heat wave that blanketed much of the nation for nearly two weeks, causing at least 46 deaths, has finally eased.

As The Associated Press writes:

"The cooler air began sweeping southward Sunday in the eastern half of the country, bringing down some temperatures by 15 or more degrees from Saturday's highs, which topped 100 in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky."

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7:03am

Mon July 9, 2012
Three Books...

Too Cool For School: 3 Books On Scandalous Teachers

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 11:01 am

One of my graduate school professors frequently made his students cry. Never mind that we were grown adults. A single cliche used in a class paper could result in public humiliation. And yet the competition to get into his class was fierce. No honor surpassed the chance to be taught (and belittled) by such a masterful mind.

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6:43am

Mon July 9, 2012
Political Junkie

The Green Party Makes Its Case As A Left-Leaning Alternative To Obama

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 3:07 pm

Green Party presidential candidates never attracted much support, but in 2000 they certainly attracted attention.
Ken Rudin collection

Last week's Political Junkie column ("Still Waiting For That Declaration of Independents") talked about the lack of ballot alternatives to President Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R). If there is such dissatisfaction with the two major parties, I wondered, shouldn't there be greater support for a third party or independent presidential candidate?

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6:03am

Mon July 9, 2012
It's All Politics

The ABCs Of Politicians

Even in zoos, donkeys and elephants turn their backs on their parties.
iStockphoto.com

A. First, politicians began omitting their party affiliations on campaign literature and websites. Politics "is a dirty word," says David King, a lecturer on public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. King told the MetroWest Daily News: "Why would you want to put it right out there; why would you sell a shirt with a stain on it? You need to appeal on other terms by downplaying partisanship."

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5:28am

Mon July 9, 2012
Economy

Charity Collects Donations To Buy Greek Bonds

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:22 pm

Many businesses in the town of Oia, on the northern tip of Santorini, are struggling to make ends meet following a drop in tourism.
Michael Virtanen AP

A young shipping heir whose family helped turn the Greek island of Santorini into a tourist hot spot is trying to help Greece dig out of its massive debt by asking average Greeks to chip in.

Peter Nomikos hopes to build a social movement beginning with a charity he launched about two weeks ago called Greece Debt Free, which collects donations to buy Greek bonds. On Santorini, the Cycladic island of whitewashed homes, residents say they'd like help with their benefactor's charity — but they can't even pay their own bills.

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5:13am

Mon July 9, 2012
Black Lung Returns To Coal Country

As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 5:26 am

Mark McCowan, 47, was diagnosed with the worst stage of black lung only five years after an X-ray showed he had no sign of the disease.
David Deal for NPR

Part one of a two-part series.

It wasn't supposed to happen to coal miners in Mark McCowan's generation. It wasn't supposed to strike so early and so hard. At age 47 and just seven years after his first diagnosis, McCowan shouldn't have a chest X-ray that looks this bad.

"I'm seeing more definition in the mass," McCowan says, pausing for deep breaths as he holds the X-ray film up to the light of his living room window in Pounding Mill, Va.

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