Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A Sturdy 'Collection' Of Horror's Goriest Tropes

Abby (Erin Way) becomes another player in the Collector's (Randall Archer) deadly game.
LD Entertainment

For those who had come to dread yet another installment of the Saw series and its ilk — not out of fear, but from boredom at the films' dull repetition of elaborate torture and murder methods — 2009's The Collector was a breath of if not fresh, then at least less stagnant air.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A Rocker's 'Solo' Slide, Intimately Chronicled

Flying 'Solo': Robert Carlyle plays a burnout Britpop veteran drinking his way through a second career among the farmers markets of Southern California — until a DUI bust sends him into a tailspin.
Matthew Barnes Strand Releasing

Ungracefully aging rockers have long been stock figures of fun at the movies, with Bill Nighy topping the burnout charts in Love, Actually. Lately, though, a slew of former rock kings have enjoyed fresh renown via documentaries like Anvil, The Other F-Word and the upcoming Beware of Mr. Baker, many of which chart a Christ-like saga of meteoric rise, catastrophic fall and painfully slow resurrection. That's if their shot livers don't kill them first.

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Science
5:03 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Greenland, Antarctic Ice Is Melting Faster

An iceberg that likely calved from Jakobshavn Isbrae, the fastest glacier in western Greenland.
Ian Joughin Science/AAAS

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:44 pm

Superstorm Sandy sparked a lot of interest in rising sea levels when it swept across the Northeast last month and flooded parts of the coast. Over the next century, more water — and higher sea levels — could come from melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica. How much has been unclear.

But now scientists have developed a much clearer view of how quickly that ice has been melting over the past two decades. And that will help researchers forecast the rate of sea-level rise in the years to come.

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Digital Life
4:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Senate Committee Approves Stricter Email Privacy

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:37 pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation to make old emails a little more private on Thursday. The legislation also applies to old Facebook posts, Google documents and anything else you might be hiding online behind a password.

Environment
4:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Water Levels Dangerously Low On Mississippi River

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:37 pm

Mississippi River water levels are reaching near-record lows. Sections of the middle Mississippi River may become obstructed in December by rock outcrops in southern Illinois. The Army Corps of Engineers plan to remove the rock pinnacles in February, but river navigation industry leaders say that's not soon enough.

Space
4:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Which Came First: The Galaxy Or The Black Hole?

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:37 pm

Robert Siegel talks with UT-Austin astrophysicist Karl Gebhardt about his team's discovery of a giant black hole in a tiny galaxy. The discovery contradicts traditional theories of galaxy formation.

Middle East
4:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Widespread Internet Outages Reported In Syria

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:37 pm

Early Thursday morning, the Internet in Syria went dark. Technology analysts suspect the Syrian government was behind the action, perhaps as part of an effort to blunt advances by rebel forces. Governments in recent years have become more mindful of the potentially subversive power of the Internet and also more knowledgeable about how to shut it down. The outage in Syria underscores the importance of current disputes over who should control the global Internet. That issue is the focus of a major international conference next week in Dubai.

Africa
4:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Egypt Rushes To Pass Draft Constitution Amid Protest

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:37 pm

A new draft constitution will be unveiled in Cairo on Thursday, but it is far from clear whether the move will help resolve or deepen the crisis between President Mohamed Morsi and Egypt's judges. Robert Siegel talks with Leila Fadel, who is in Cairo.

Europe
4:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

U.K. Judge: British Press Needs Powerful Watchdog

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:37 pm

An eight month investigation into phone hacking and other abuses by British newspapers has concluded that the industry needs a powerful new watchdog with some legal powers to wield carrots and sticks.

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Middle East
4:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Palestinians See U.N. Status Vote As A Game Changer

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 8:40 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

There was celebration in Palestinian territories tonight after Palestinians won an upgrade in their status at the United Nations. The U.N. General Assembly voted today overwhelmingly in favor of making Palestine a non-member observer state. That's the same status as the Vatican. The vote was 138 in favor, nine against, with 41 abstentions. The U.S. and Israel argue this will make peace negotiations even more difficult. The Palestinians say it's simply a move toward a more level playing field. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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