The Two-Way
3:21 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Earthquakes! High Tides! No, Just Super Moon

A super moon rises above a shopping center in Manchester, Britain, on March 19, 2011.
Jon Super AP

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 7:52 pm

It won't trigger any catastrophes, according to scientists, but the Moon will orbit to its closest proximity to the Earth on Saturday night. It's called a "super moon": when a full moon reaches perigee near our planet.

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NH News
3:17 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

PSNH Files to Adjust Rates

PSNH's Merrimack Station
Flkr Creative Commons / PSNH

Public Service of New Hampshire has asked for a change in how much it charges consumers for electricity.

PSNH asked the Public Utilities Commission for a ten percent decrease in the price it charges for electricity. But any savings consumers might see would be eaten up by a simultaneous increase in the Stranded Cost Recovery charge.

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The Two-Way
3:13 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

New Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Surface Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the studio of the French TV network TF1.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former chief at the International Monetary Fund, is facing more allegations of sexual misconduct.

Strauss-Kahn was considered a top contender for the French presidency until he was accused of rape by a New York City hotel maid. That case against him was dropped, but it cost him his IMF job and then French investigators implicated Strauss-Kahn in a prostitution probe.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Died

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys during a 2001 performance in New York City.
Scott Gries Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 3:26 pm

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: The news that Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys has died has now been confirmed by the group's public relations firm.

Our original post:

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Shots - Health Blog
1:38 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Arrests Made In $75 Million Prescription Drug Heist

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 1:55 pm

Two brothers have been charged in connection with one of the nation's largest drug heists, along with 20 other people in an organized crime ring that stretched from Florida to New Jersey and Connecticut.

It's the culmination of a three-year FBI investigation in which undercover agents managed to prevent any of the stolen drugs from entering the marketplace, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
1:30 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

It's All Politics, May 3, 2012

Barbara Rodriguez AP
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With Washington abuzz over the political ramifications of the president's trip to Afghanistan, this week's podcast focuses on stuff outside the Beltway: Sen. Dick Lugar's tough Republican primary contest in Indiana next Tuesday and, on the same day, Wisconsin Democrats' selection of a candidate to take on GOP Gov. Scott Walker in the June recall election.

NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin break down the latest political news on this week's roundup.

Energy
1:26 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems?

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:39 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. What if there was a nuclear reactor that was meltdown safe, generated power inexpensively, created no weapons-grade byproducts and burnt up existing nuclear waste stockpiled? Sound too good to be true?

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Science
1:23 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Cracking The Egg Sprinkler Mystery

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:39 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up now, our Video Pick of the Week. Flora Lichtman is with us. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: What have you got for us this week?

LICHTMAN: This week is an experiment that anyone can do at home. You just need permission from your housemates.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

LICHTMAN: So here's what you do: Go to the refrigerator, get out some milk, and then pour a puddle of it on your countertop or your kitchen table. Then take a hard-boiled egg and spin it in that puddle.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Police In New York Clock Motorcyclist Going 170 MPH

Nikkolaus McCarthy.
New York State Police

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:59 pm

Talk about a heavy hand: State police say they clocked Nikkolaus McCarthy, 25, flying across the New York Thruway at 170 mph.

That's not a typo. Police said when they finally caught up with him 50 miles later and told McCarthy how fast he was going, he allegedly bragged saying his bike could break the 190 mph barrier.

The Albany Times Union reports:

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Technology
1:14 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Gazing Into The Cloud, From Storage to Servers

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:39 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

One of the newer buzzwords coming out - buzz phrase, actually, has to do with the working in the cloud. Do you work in the cloud? Do you ever hear about it? You store your files, your movies, your music, maybe your office documents, even your word processor can be up there in the Cloud. What's this all about? Do you want to get involved? Are you wondering whether you should do that? That's what we're going to be talking about for the rest of the hour with two folks who write about technology and think about how it works.

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