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.


Think You Know Silicon Valley? Take A Closer Look

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

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.

Similarly, a cellular machinery supports the mutative power of the entrepreneur. It is called Silicon Valley.

Here there is smart money in plentiful amounts. There are lawyers, finance people, consultants, an entire beehive of experienced engineers, marketing people and the other operatives needed to staff and grow a fledgling start-up company.

All of this is packed into a dense hyper-connected network, each element having full knowledge of the overall context of their respective roles. Silicon Valley has its own form of cellular membrane, packing all of these elements into a confined space, where everyone can find everyone else in the same way a cell finds the specific things it needs in the moment. Without the confinement that creates a certain density of interconnections, nothing works.

Silicon Valley and its entrepreneurs have achieved high levels of fitness within this co-evolutionary process. Venture capitalists — and the rest of the gang — have had to adapt as the nature of deals in the Valley has changed. Internet deals are not the same as semiconductor deals. Clean tech is not biotech. As entrepreneurs tweak their DNA, the rest of the machinery must respond.

Because of its unique fitness, this co-evolutionary process happens naturally in Silicon Valley. The same can not be said of Silicon Valley aspirants around the world.

The cellular mechanism is not well understood elsewhere. Outside of our little valley, governments seeking to mimic Silicon Valley only attempt to copy the DNA aspect of our mechanism, thinking that supporting the entrepreneur will transform their economies. Just as synthetic life, which focuses on the simple task of making DNA, cannot duplicate real life (because no lab can synthetically build an entire complement of cellular machinery), so these simple attempts at supporting the mutative entrepreneur will always fall short of the intended goal.

It takes a whole cell to build a company.

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