"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.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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The Slow Glory Of Star Formation

Jun 26, 2012
Originally published on June 26, 2012 1:48 pm

Here is something from the research my group runs here at the University of Rochester. The formation of stars remains a hot topic of research across the globe. In collaboration with Fabian Heitsch of UNC, we here at the UR have been using our big, honking supercomputer simulation code AstroBEAR to study how star forming clouds can emerge out of the collision of two large streams of gas in the galaxy.

The simulation above shows two views of such a collision. On the right you see the view from the side as the two gas streams collide and splatter (white means very dense gas, black means very tenuous gas, blue means in-between densities).

Gas gets heated in the collision and the emission of photons then cools the gas allowing it to form dense clumps. Gravity eventually gets hold of the these clumps and initiates a process of collapse that will eventually form stars. The view on the left shows the process looking face on. In both cases you see those dense clumps form.

The beauty of these simulations is that you can watch processes that take millions of years and stretch across many lightyears happen right before your eyes. They also show that space is anything but quiet and orderly. Its a beautiful mess out there and it led directly to the beautiful mess that is us!

This work was done by my graduating grad student Jonathan Carroll.

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