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!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.


The Mutative Entrepreneur

Jul 2, 2012
Originally published on July 2, 2012 1:59 pm

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

What is an economy? The word derives from the ancient Greek for household stewardship. The economy is the steward of our material lives. But who is this steward? And how does it decide the makeup of the pantry?

The modern economy is breathtakingly volatile and diverse. Our era is experiencing a period of "punctuated equilibrium" (thank you Stephen J. Gould), in which all peoples of the globe are rapidly being brought into modernity (some kicking and screaming). The globalization of modernity has been enabled by the digestion of Internet, mobile and social digital mutations, all of which were enabled by the grandest digital mutation of them all, the semiconductor chip, with its inherent capacity to improve itself by 10X every few years.

The chip is analogous to the first multicellular animal emerging from the mutation of some single-celled precursor. The emergence of Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc., is analogous to the emergence of the various families of animals, all built around the same underlying chip-driven principles. Branching from these major trunks are thousands of smaller firms.

All of this together has created a dizzyingly complex set of new products and services, the sum of which have caused the most rapid collective improvement in human material well-being in history.

In the biosphere, mutative change is mediated by slight instabilities in an entity's DNA. In the econosphere, mutative change is mediated by slight instabilities in the thinking of special individuals we call entrepreneurs, who tweak the DNA of stable, successful businesses.

Each tweak creates a new possibility. Tweak by tweak, the econosphere is charged with these new possibilities. Like the biosphere, it is constantly growing out of an ever emerging "adjacent possible." Out of this possible, pruned and shaped by market forces, comes our perception of the real economy. But we don't actually live in even a momentarily determined "real" economy.

The economy is always only "becoming." The entrepreneur's activity, our economy's steward, never ceases. Nothing is final. There is only the becoming of things, driven by the mutative stewardship of the world's entrepreneurs, who have, over the course of human history, created everything material with which we fill our daily lives.

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