NPR Story
1:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Unwinding The Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 2:04 pm

How a cucumber creates its curling tendril has stumped scientists for centuries, including Charles Darwin and Asa Gray. With the help of time-lapse photography and prosthetic tendril fabricated in the lab, physicist Sharon Gerbode, biologist Joshua Puzey and colleagues figured out why tendrils twist, according to a new study in Science.

NPR Story
1:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Time To Overhaul America's Aging Bridges?

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 2:08 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Ira Flatow. Five years ago this month, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, sending a full load of rush-hour traffic into the Mississippi River. The disaster injured nearly 150 people, killed 13. The bridge was literally falling apart.

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Meet Your Ancient Relatives: The Denisovans

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 2:13 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. You've probably heard of your distant cousins the Neanderthals, but how about a more secretive member of the family tree, the Denisovans? Yeah, ring a bell? No? That's because traces of Denisovans are hard to come by.

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Election 2012
1:19 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

A Few Convention Oddities, Pre-Clint Eastwood

Sen. Joe Lieberman appears at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., in 2008, just eight years after he was the Democratic vice presidential nominee. His appearance is just one of several notable oddities at recent political conventions.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:51 pm

From one angle, Clint Eastwood's dialogue with an imaginary President Obama — using a tall chair as a prop — at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Thursday night was sharp-pointed and youthful and edgy and film-schoolish.

From another angle, it could be construed as the meanderings of an older man who is disenchanted by a shaky economy, an ongoing war and the perception of broken promises, but somehow can't put his disgruntlement into words.

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DNC 2012
1:12 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Parking Garages To Accommodate Monthly Parkers During DNC

The DNC will keep many workers away from Uptown.  For those people who can't stay away, parking will be short.  But if you have a monthly parking pass chances are you'll have a space.  

Several parking garages will be closed during the DNC.  Ben Pai wasn't surprised his usual place isn't available.  After all, it's right across the street from Time Warner Arena.  But that's not a problem since his employer Bank of America asked him to work from home.  

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DNC 2012
1:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

DNC Hosts Open House At TWC Arena

The unveiling of the main stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Bobcats’ arena is now fully set up for the Democratic National Convention, and Charlotte-area residents were invited to take a free first look Friday.

The Time Warner Cable Arena looks like it’s ready for a multi-million dollar rock concert.  

Head of the convention Steve Kerrigan showed off the main stage Friday morning to middle and high school students from the North Carolina School for the Deaf.  

"There’s going to be a podium that comes up right out of the floor, which is going to be amazing," Kerrigan said.

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Election 2012
12:54 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

What's The Point Of Political Conventions?

Business
12:48 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Bernanke Defends His Efforts To Lift Economy

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the latest comments from Ben Bernanke

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The Salt
12:45 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Farmers Use YouTube To Share Devastating Impacts Of Drought

A YouTube user who goes by Katzcradul posted this image of a parched gulch on her drought-stricken land in Missouri on the site.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:29 am

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