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The Salt
10:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art

Courtesy Freer Gallery of Art

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 2:24 am

Eight hundred years ago, tea was rare in Japan. It arrived from China in simple, ceramic storage jars. Chinese ceramists churned these jars out with little care or attention; they stuffed tea leaves into them and shipped them off.

The jars were "the Chinese version of Tupperware," says Andrew Watsky, a professor of Japanese art history at Princeton.

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

WATCH: Physicist Gets 'Smoking Gun' Proof Of His Theory

Andrei Linde receives the "smoking gun" proof of his inflation theory from fellow physicist Chao-Lin Kuo.
Stanford University

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 2:58 pm

When the news of a lifetime finally arrived at their door, Stanford physicist Andrei Linde and his wife wondered aloud if one of them was expecting a delivery.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Do We Know What Life Is?

Polar bears are a great example of natural selection and evolution. But how did this ball get rolling?
Remko de Waal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 10:13 am

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey team dropped the ball in the episode on life and evolution that just aired.

It's not that Tyson and his team said anything wrong. So what was missing?

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

More Theories But Still No Sign Of Missing Malaysian Jet

A Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency pilot scans the sea below for any sign of Flight 370.
Edgar Su Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 8:38 am

The search continues for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people on board. They disappeared on March 8 when the jet apparently turned west while over the Gulf of Thailand. It was on a flight that should have taken it from Kuala Lumpur north to Beijing.

Now, a search that stretches far to the south in the Indian Ocean to far to the north in Central Asia is underway. The area covers more than 3 million square miles.

Tuesday's headlines help highlight the latest developments:

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Ukrainian Servicemen Reported Shot By Masked Soldiers In Crimea

Armed men, believed to be Russians, stand guard near the Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, on Monday.
David Mdzinarishvili Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 2:51 pm

A Ukrainian serviceman reportedly was shot and killed and another wounded by masked assailants who stormed a base in Crimea's main city of Simferopol, hours after Russia announced it would annex the Black Sea peninsula.

Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov tells Reuters by telephone from Crimea that it was unclear who the attackers were. He described them as "unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered."

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Planet Money
10:32 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists?

Artists painting mural
Tim Pannell Corbis

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 11:59 am

A few weeks ago, we were sitting around the office arguing over this simple question: Who had richer parents, journalists or people working in finance? Doctors or artists? More generally: What's the link between household income during childhood and job choice during adulthood?

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Book Reviews
10:32 am
Tue March 18, 2014

All Sides Of A Divorce, Told In Fresh, Lively 'Papers'

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:20 pm

The "woe that is in marriage," the subject of the Wife of Bath's Prologue in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, is a great old subject. Susan Rieger's smart and wonderfully entertaining domestic comedy, with all its shifts of tone from the personal to the legal and a lot in between, takes up this old problem and makes it fresh and lively — and in some places so painful, because it has to do with a child torn between two parents, you don't want to go on. But you do. The power and canniness of this bittersweet work of epistolary fiction pulls you along.

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Shots - Health News
10:31 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Yes, It's A Headache. No, You Don't Need A Brain Scan

Younger women are most likely to go to the doctor with a headache.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:04 pm

Headaches may be the most common human malady, accounting for one-quarter of all doctor visits.

It's almost always just a headache. But what if it's a brain tumor? Shouldn't I get a CT scan or MRI exam just to make sure?

Evidently I'm not alone in that thought. People in the United States get $1 billion worth of brain scans each year because they have a headache, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Chechen Leader Known As 'Russia's Bin Laden' Reported Dead

An undated video image of Doku Umarov, taken from files made available by IntelCenter.
AP

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 9:37 am

Chechen separatist leader Doku Umarov, whose attacks on Russian civilians earned him the nickname "Russia's Bin Laden," is dead, according to an insurgency website.

However, it's worth noting that this is not the first time Umarov's death has been announced.

The BBC reports via Kavkaz Center, the main website of Russia's Islamic militants, that Umarov "became a martyr," but had no further details.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Here Are The 24 Heroic Stories Behind Today's Medals Of Honor

Vietnam veterans Melvin Morris (center), Jose Rodela (obscured) and Santiago J. Erevia (left) received the Medal of Honor from President Obama at the White House on Thursday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 5:50 am

This post was updated at 4:09 p.m. ET.

Old wrongs were righted Tuesday afternoon, as The Associated Press says, when President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans.

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All Songs Considered
10:29 am
Tue March 18, 2014

5 Dance Moves We Learned At SXSW 2014 In GIFs

Kristina Hanses (of Swedish performance art duo Kristal and Jonny Boy) getting ready to bust a move.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 9:27 am

Remember when you were little and you relied on friends or music videos to learn the latest dance moves? You couldn't rewind MTV to break down the steps, and you might look a fool for sashaying left instead of right, or whatnot. This is the beauty of the GIF, a motion suspended in looped animation that allows you all the time in the world to get that shimmy down. SXSW was full of crazy dance moves and we had Adam Kissick capture five worth emulating.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Is There A Method To Your March Madness?

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin and his teammates are among the teams thought to have a strong chance of winning this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament. Are the Gators your pick?
Curtis Compton MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 7:45 am

The odds are that somebody in your office or shop is trying to get you to toss a few bucks into the pool and fill out the brackets for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which gets underway tonight. Fans of the women's championship might also be after you.

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Shots - Health News
10:29 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Opting Out Of Your Insurance Plan's Network Can Be Costly

A vaccination that would be free inside a health plan's network can result in a bill when administered by an unapproved doctor.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 12:34 pm

Many plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces offer a trade-off: lower premiums in exchange for limited choices of doctors and hospitals. But consumers who opt for these plans with the idea that they'll go out of network when necessary may be taking a big financial risk.

The health law generally limits how much consumers can be required to pay out of pocket for medical care (not including premiums). In 2014, the limit for an individual plan is $6,350 and for a family plan, $12,700.

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It's All Politics
10:28 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

GOP's Health Law Alternative Could Be Messy As Obamacare

First lady Michelle Obama at an Affordable Care Act event in March.
Luis M. Alvarez AP

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 5:22 pm

Ever since Republicans began using the words "repeal and replace" back in 2010 to describe their intentions for the Affordable Care Act, they've faced a question: What, exactly, would they replace it with?

While there's currently no clear Republican alternative for the health care law, President Obama's signature domestic achievement, the House Republican leadership is signaling there will be one this year.

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The Two-Way
8:31 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Surges Past 5 Million

The HealthCare.gov website has been a source of delays and confusion for those trying to sign up for health insurance under the ACA.
Jon Elswick AP

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:40 am

The Obama administration said 5 million Americans have now signed up for health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, the president signature legislation.

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