The Two-Way
10:20 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Scotland Set To Vote On Independence In 2014

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands after signing an Independence Referendum deal in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Ian MacNicol Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 12:31 pm

In what's being called a "historic agreement," Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond have hammered out a deal will allow Scotland to decide if it wants to secede from the United Kingdom. The question will be settled in a 2014 referendum.

The AP reports:

"Officials from London and Edinburgh have been meeting for weeks to hammer out details of a vote on Scottish independence. Sticking points included the date and the wording of the question. ...

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Monkey See
10:20 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Paula Abdul Judges 'Dancing' And Everything Else; She'll Get Around To You

Seen here in December 2011, Paula Abdul brings her super-friendly brand of judging to tonight's Dancing With The Stars.
Mark Davis Getty Images

Since Paula Abdul left American Idol, she's had her own dance competition show called Live To Dance on CBS (which failed) and a stint on The X Factor (where she lasted one season). Apparently still wanting that doctorate in reality-competition judging, she's making a guest appearance this week swinging a paddle (oh, behave) on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. The only major broadcast network left after that is NBC, where perhaps she can lead an aerobics class on The Biggest Loser.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mystery Solved: 'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Likely Belongs To A Swordfish

Quite a baby blue.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

We learned two things this morning: First, experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believe that the softball-sized eyeball that washed up in Pompano Beach, Fla. belongs to a swordfish.

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The Salt
9:59 am
Mon October 15, 2012

A Nose Tuned In To Bitter May Help Stave Off Sinus Infection

If you're a supertaster with a nose for bitter flavors, scientists say you might be good at fighting sinus infections.
iStockphoto.com

Supertasters are the Olympic athletes of gastronomy, able to detect subtle differences in flavors that other people never register. That talent may make for more than a discriminating palate, though. It may also warn them about attacking germs, and help them defend themselves against sinus infection.

This notion isn't as bizarre as it may seem. Bitter tastes have long been considered a danger signal in foods, warning about potential toxins in potatoes and other vegetables. If the potato's bitter, don't eat it.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Farrakhan Speech Full Of Race-Based Rhetoric

The line for Louis Farrakhan's speech stretches around the parking lot of the Bojangles' Coliseum
Michael Tomsic

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was in Charlotte on Sunday to help commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Million Man March. He was scheduled to address poverty. He ended up delivering a speech filled with race-based rhetoric.

Louis Farrakhan let people know up front he was going to veer off topic. He had other things to say because of the election and the recent Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

For example, here’s his theory on why the Republican Party opposes President Obama:

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Monkey See
9:24 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: 'Not Too Much. What Are YOU Doing?'

This photo is credit as "general atmosphere" during the 2012 New York Comic Con this weekend. I am fairly sure that is not the name of this character.
Daniel Zuchnik Getty Images

I can't speak to the innermost thoughts of this attendee at New York Comic-Con, but I have to imagine that his conversation goes something like this:

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Monkey See
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

A Day Later, The Space Jump Guy Is OK, But How About The Rest Of Us?

Felix Baumgartner of Austria as he jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Sunday.
Red Bull Stratos AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:23 am

More than 7 million people were watching as Felix Baumgartner sat at the edge of his space capsule yesterday 24 miles off the ground and got ready to jump, in what was known as the "Red Bull Stratos" project, better known as the "space jump." I saw it myself; he opened the door, and there was something there that certainly seemed to be space.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:43 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Be Nice To The Moon. Stop Writing On It

Kathy Lynch via Panoramio

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 12:09 pm

Dot

Dash

Dot

Dash

This is the moon as Morse code.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Mon October 15, 2012

VIDEO: A Skydive From The Edge Of Space

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria and technical project director Art Thompson celebrate after Baumgartner completed a skydive from the stratosphere Sunday.
Joerg Mitter AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:51 am

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Malala, 15-Year-Old Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban, Airlifted To Britain

Malala Yousafzai in March 2012.
T. Mughal EPA /LANDOV

Malala, the 15-year-old shot in the head by the Taliban, has been airlifted to Britain, the Pakistani government said in a press release today.

The government said that they were "pleased with her present condition, which has been described as optimal."

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