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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Solar-Powered Plane's Japan-Hawaii Flight Is Postponed

Pilot Andre Borschberg of Switzerland sits aboard the Solar Impulse as a ground crew pushes the plane at the airport in Nagoya, Japan, prior to taking off for Hawaii.
Toshifumi Kitamura AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 3:07 pm

The Solar Impulse, an aircraft that generates power solely from the sun's energy, is set to embark on the longest leg of its planned round-the-world journey: a trip of some 115 hours between Nagoya, Japan, and Hawaii. But weather concerns have forced another delay.

The Solar Impulse 2 had initially been slated to take off from Japan around 1:30 p.m. ET.

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5:04 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Taylor Swift Wins Battle With Apple Over Free Music Streaming

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:31 am

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Around the Nation
7:49 am
Sun June 21, 2015

When The Local Paper Closes, Where Does The Community Turn?

The Montgomery and Prince George's County Gazettes in Maryland were two locally focused papers that have shut down.
Lydia Thompson NPR

When Betsy Freeman moved to Damascus, Md., 30 years ago, the first thing she looked for was a local community newspaper.

Along with meeting her new neighbors, Freeman met the Gazette.

"The Gazette papers were the thing that really welcomed you into the community," she says.

She's now mourning the loss of the Montgomery and Prince George's county Gazettes, which closed their doors last week after more than 55 years.

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Shots - Health News
7:03 am
Sun June 21, 2015

Fitness App Aims To Deliver Live Feedback From A Personal Trainer 24/7

In the current version of the Fitnet App, the camera of an exerciser's smartphone captures data from him (upper left), while a prerecorded trainer guides him through a workout. A clock (bottom center) shows elapsed time. The orange dots (upper left) indicate he's following her routine well, as judged by the camera and phone's app. The app can also estimate the exerciser's number of steps.
Courtesy of FitNet

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 7:31 am

It would be easier to exercise, I've told myself, if I had a personal trainer. Maybe one that came to my house. Whenever I wanted. For free.

My dream of a live trainer who won't judge my outfit and is available at my beck and call — like a Jillian Michaels who knows my name — is being developed as an app called Fitnet.

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The Two-Way
3:21 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

#NPRreads: Wealthier Grays And The Intersection Of Race And Guns

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#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you four reads.

From Edith Chapin, NPR's acting executive editor:

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Shots - Health News
12:09 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Hunting Ways To Keep Synthetic Estrogens Out Of Rivers And Seas

Removing micropollutants from wastewater isn't cheap or easy.

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 1:26 pm

Millions of women around the world take synthetic hormones via birth control pills or hormone replacement therapies. Not all of the estrogen-like compounds from these and other treatments are used by the body — small amounts are excreted and end up in municipal wastewater. And there's been no good way to completely remove these hormones before they head to rivers and seas.

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Can You Remember Your Life 1 Second At A Time?

Cesar Kuriyama explains his app 1 Second Everyday at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 9:41 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Cesar Kuriyama's TED Talk

Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.

About Cesar Kuriyama

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5:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

DNA Tracking Of Ivory Helps Biologists Find Poaching Hotspots

A Maasai boy and his dog, near the skeleton of an elephant killed by poachers outside of Arusha, Tanzania, in 2013.
Jason Straziuso AP

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 5:40 pm

The demand for ivory around the world is leading to the slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants every year. To fight the poachers, wildlife biologists are trying to pin down where the worst poaching is, and they've found a new way to do that: with DNA.

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All Tech Considered
5:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Q&A: Shigeru Miyamoto On The Origins Of Nintendo's Famous Characters

Shigeru Miyamoto plays the latest Mario game, called Super Mario Maker, at the Nintendo booth Wednesday at this year's E3 video game expo in Los Angeles.
Travis Larchuk NPR

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 11:16 am

Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of many of Nintendo's iconic video game franchises, including Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda. NPR's Laura Sydell interviewed the 62-year-old designer at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this week.

Miyamoto spoke, through an interpreter, about the origins of his famous characters, how his life experiences inspire his creations and why Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, failed to take off.

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All Tech Considered
5:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

The Legendary Mr. Miyamoto, Father Of Mario And Donkey Kong

Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto introduces Nintendo's Super Mario Maker at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in 2014.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 11:23 am

Nintendo's Mario games, in their various forms and genres have been played around the world by hundreds of millions of people. In the original, Mario is a plumber who must speed through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool.

The game turns 30 this year. Its famed creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, was in Los Angeles this week at the big Electronic Entertainment Expo video game conference to promote the latest version of the game Super Mario Maker.

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