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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":


Martian Lab Made In Manhattan

Aug 10, 2012



Speaking of Mars, Flora Lichtman is here with our Video Pick of the Week.



LICHTMAN: Speaking of Martians.


FLATOW: Well, I said it because you have a great Mars-related video.

LICHTMAN: It is on-topic this week, yes. We wondered sort of what it was like for the people who built Curiosity, and it turns out that a lab down the street, on 34th Street, is responsible for a little piece of Curiosity. We heard about it before, the Sample Analysis at Mars system, that's the part of Curiosity that takes the rock and the crushed-up dirt and looks at it for organic compounds.

Well, there's a little piece in there, a carousel that's responsible for moving those samples around within the belly of the rover, and these guys at Honeybee Robotics, Lee Carlson and Mike Passaretti, two engineers, were the people who have been working on this for the last eight years. So we went to see them this week to hear sort of what it was like, and the funny thing was, you know, they're still waiting to get the final confirmation back that everything works according to plan. So, you know, Curiosity is down and landed, but there are still a lot of checks going on to make sure that everything survived that eight-and-a-half month journey.


LICHTMAN: So that was one thing. And also, it was a real - it was a real education for me to hear what it is like to think about building something that's going to go to Mars. And here's Lee Carlson.

LEE CARLSON: If your car breaks, you bring it to the shop. (Unintelligible) breaks the first week, you've got it, something might go wrong. This cannot happen on Mars.

FLATOW: That's along house call.


LICHTMAN: Yeah, not going to happen.

FLATOW: A big tow truck. It's not going to happen.


FLATOW: So you have to make it to last forever.

LICHTMAN: Right, unlike, I think, most things that we encounter in our daily lives, which are made to break, as far as I - or at least in my hand.

FLATOW: That's exactly right.

LICHTMAN: So this was quite different. So if you want to see this video and see what it's like inside one of these labs where you - you build this stuff...

FLATOW: Yeah. It's our video pick of the week up at our website at If you want to see how you make all of this complicated stuff and how they - what do they have to go through to qualify to be led on?

LICHTMAN: Oh, man. I mean...

FLATOW: There's the clean room.

LICHTMAN: The clean room. That sounded like a real - it sounded kind of like a nightmare. I mean, you have to suit up. They were wearing double sets of gloves, head to toe covered, beard guards, you name it, because, you know, it's got - this is - it has to be sterile. Like, there can't be anything in it.

FLATOW: It's up on our website, and our video pick of the week. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.