The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.

The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

The trip over the Mediterranean included a breathtaking flyover of the Pyramids. Check it out:

President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

"I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change," the president said Tuesday at a memorial service for five law officers killed last week in Dallas. "I've seen how inadequate my own words have been."

Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.

The FBI says it is giving up on the D.B. Cooper investigation, 45 years after the mysterious hijacker parachuted into the night with $200,000 in a briefcase, becoming an instant folk figure.

"Following one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in our history," the FBI's Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement, "the FBI redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities."

This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.

Pages

Swinging From 140 Characters To Six-Second Videos, Twitter Launches Vine

Jan 24, 2013
Originally published on January 25, 2013 11:02 am

If you thought 140 characters of text was too short, try grabbing your Twitter followers' attention with six-second videos. Six seconds.

Twitter on Thursday launched the video app Vine, which allows users to shoot brief videos and directly tweet them. The social media company acquired the video-sharing startup last fall, according to All Things D.

As of now, the Vine app is only available for iPhone and iPod Touch users through the App Store, Twitter's blog announced — to be followed by other mobile platforms.

How It works

Vine operates separately from Twitter, but the short videos are directly embedded into your tweets. You can sign up with your email or Twitter username.

To shoot a video, you basically touch and hold your screen for the amount of time desired —a bar across the top indicates the remaining seconds, no more than six — to create loops, quick cuts or shoot a full video. It only operates from your back camera, not your front lens.

The video-sharing app exudes the Instagram feel — without the filters.

You can comment, like and apply hashtags to your posts. Other features include an explore tab, to browse trending videos and editor's picks. You can link your Facebook and Twitter and search for those contacts. And since it's a sharing community, there's a flagging option too.

Just The Latest Video App

There are plenty of other video options for Twitter users. There's the highly popular Cinemagram app, which allows you to mix photos and video snippet and apply filters, and Facebook's Poke app, which mimics another video and photo sharing app, Snapchat, and destroys messages upon an expiration time stamp.

Twitter's video initiative looks a lot like animated GIFs, moving picture graphics that have been popular around the Web since their inception — you might have seen a few on cats or Honey Boo Boo.

Vine's feed is already being populated with videos of dogs, employees at the workplace and food.

With so much sharing already going on, we wonder what people will be "vining."

Update at 11 a.m. Jan. 25:

At its launch, you were able to search for Facebook friends, but since then, the function has been terminated. So far, there have been no comments from Twitter or Facebook, according to All Things D.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.