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2:07 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

In This 'Almanac,' Fiction Makes The Best Time Machine

Courtesy of Tor

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:24 am

From Back to the Future to The Twilight Zone and Doctor Who, the theme of time travel is timeless on the screen and on the page. What is it about time travel that's so darn appealing?

"We all have this idea in our heads that, if only I had said this, if only I had done that — we all want to go back and do something," says Ann VanderMeer. She and her husband Jeff are the editors of the new Time Traveler's Almanac, a giant compilation of time travel stories ranging from classic to very, very modern.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Calif. Lawmaker Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption

Calif. State Sen. Leland Yee (second from left) is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 3:13 pm

California state Sen. Leland Yee, a prominent Democratic lawmaker who pushed for more gun control, pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic guns during an appearance in federal court on Tuesday.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Yee is facing up to 125 years in prison. The paper adds:

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It's All Politics
12:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue

A crowd lines up in Atlanta for a recent women's forum on pay equity and other issues featuring Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
David Tulis AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 1:18 pm

The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are making a central theme of the 2014 midterm election campaign, is often framed as a women's issue. But Democrats are expecting it will also have crossover appeal to men.

For many men, it's a matter of self-interest: Two-income families are part of a long-term trend, as many families find two paychecks essential to cover the bills in an era of rising prices and stagnant, if not falling, wages.

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Code Switch
12:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

Brittney Griner puts up a shot against Japan during a 2013 preseason WNBA game in Phoenix.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:24 am

Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male and female players. She's so good that the owner of a men's team — the Dallas Mavericks — has said he'd recruit her.

Now, Griner is also an author. She's co-written a new memoir, In My Skin, in which she describes being bullied and taunted as a kid for her height and athleticism.

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Planet Money
12:18 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Why Women Don't Ask For More Money

Men are more likely to get venture capitalist support than women, and a new study found that attractive males get even more points — from both genders.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:17 am

When Emily Amanatullah was a graduate student studying management, she couldn't help noticing that a lot of the classic advice in the field was aimed more at men than women. Negotiation tactics in particular seemed tougher for women to master.

"You realize they're pretty at odds with how women comport themselves and how they're expected to comport themselves," she says.

She started to talk to other women and to examine her own behavior. All the women she spoke to said they hated advocating for themselves at work. But they had no trouble speaking up for colleagues.

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The Two-Way
11:03 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Flight 370 Vanished A Month Ago. What Happens Now?

A crewman on a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion searches for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in the southern Indian Ocean earlier this month.
Kim Christian AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 1:21 pm

One month ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. An international search team has spent weeks combing the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Boeing 777. Here's a summary of where we are with the hunt for the jetliner.

What do we know?

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The Two-Way
11:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Fists Fly In Ukraine's Parliament After Lawmaker's Speech [VIDEO]

Members of Ukraine's Svoboda party fight with members of the Communist Party in Ukraine's Parliament Tuesday, during a debate over a law toughening responsibility for separatism.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:32 am

A speech in Ukraine's Parliament sparked violence Tuesday, after other lawmakers took exception to a Communist leader's speech that criticized the current government and Ukrainian nationalists who helped to oust the country's president earlier this year.

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The Salt
10:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Roshen is a premium brand but some say it tastes "less refined" than Western European chocolate.
Bodo Flickr

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 1:21 pm

In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.

That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is Petro Poroshenko, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Tue April 8, 2014

NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor

An image taken by the Landsat 8 satellite last month shows the new, larger Nishino-shima.
Landsat 8 NASA

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 1:07 pm

There's some new, pristine real estate on the remote Japanese island of Nishino-shima.

Volcanic activity has merged the tiny island with a new neighbor that started to form late last year, creating a single landmass, NASA satellite imagery shows. The island is now a bit more than a half-mile across.

According to NASA:

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Business
9:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Just How New Is The 'New' GM?

CEO Mary Barra told Congress that she sits at the helm of the new GM. Is the company new and improved? The answer is complicated.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:34 am

During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.

So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.

Exactly how new is the new GM?

NBC's Saturday Night Live answered with a parody version of Barra's explanation:

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Book News: Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri On Baileys Prize Shortlist

Donna Tartt reads from her novel The Goldfinch at the world book launch in September 2013 in Amsterdam.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:39 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Shots - Health News
9:24 am
Tue April 8, 2014

How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

I'm not trying to lead you astray. It's just that scientists are not skeptical enough about their mouse studies.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:59 am

Most experimental drugs fail before they make it through all the tests required to figure out if they actually work and if they're safe. But some drugs get fairly far down that road, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, based on poorly conducted studies at the outset.

Medical researchers reviewing this sorry state of affairs say the drug-development process needs serious improvement.

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The Salt
9:24 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Quinoa Is Kosher For Passover, But Mom May Not Approve

Factories that got the all-clear now produce quinoa that will bear the OU-P symbol, meaning they're kosher for Passover.
Iryna Melnyk/iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 11:25 am

Passover is famously the holiday when Jews ask four questions at the ceremonial meal, most notably, "Why is this night different from all other nights?"

This year, there's a new answer: For the first time, the Orthodox Union, the ultimate authority on kosher foods, has put its "kosher for Passover" symbol on certain brands of quinoa.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:23 am
Tue April 8, 2014

High-Speed Trading Defines A New Era

While traders may still roam the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, there's unseen action taking place every millisecond via fiber optic cables connecting computers run by trading firms and computers run by the Exchange.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:31 pm

If you asked a medieval farmer if he had an hour to spare, he would have asked you, "What's an hour?" If you asked a renaissance shipwright if he had a second to spare, he would have asked you, "What's a second?" If you asked a factory worker at the turn of the 20th century if she had a millisecond to spare, she would have asked: "What can you do in a millisecond?" But ask a 21st century Wall Street trader if they have a millisecond and they'd know exactly what you mean. More importantly, if he or she were a high-frequency trader, they'd also know exactly what a millisecond cost.

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Shots - Health News
9:23 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Mouthwash And Poor Dental Hygiene May Up The Risk Of Oral Cancer

A recent study reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of oral cancer.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:57 am

Recent research on oral cancer made headlines — and raised concerns — when scientists reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of the disease.

Each year, some 40,000 Americans — and upward of 640,000 people worldwide — are diagnosed with oral cancer, which can occur in the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the gum and the cheek. Deaths from oral cancer in the U.S. last year were estimated at 7,890.

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