Energy
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Power Grid Must Adapt To Handle Renewable Energy

Towers carry electrical lines in San Francisco. The electricity grid is a web of power stations, transformers and transmission lines that span the continent.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 11:08 am

The National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., once asked its members to pick the greatest engineering achievement ever.

Their choice? The electrification of the country through what's known as "the grid."

Ernest Moniz, director of the Energy Institute at MIT, says they were right on the money.

"That reflects what an amazing machine this is, spread out geographically, always having to balance demand and supply because electricity is not stored," he says.

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Looking Up: Pockets of Economic Strength
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Jobs Abound In Energy Industry's New Boom Time

Oil workers on a drilling rig owned by Chesapeake Energy in Ohio. Students are flocking to the energy field.
Gus Chan The Plain Dealer/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:47 pm

Part of a series

Economists say many industries are looking up this year. But perhaps none has a better outlook than the energy sector.

New drilling technologies and rising fuel prices have generated a boom in drilling — and lots of high-paying jobs for people with the skills to work in the oil patch. On some college campuses, companies are so eager to find petroleum engineers that they are offering jobs to students even before they have graduated.

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Author Interviews
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

How Ford's CEO Helped Restore The 'American Icon'

Journalist Bryce Hoffman describes Ford CEO Alan Mulally as an older version of Ron Howard's character from the sitcom Happy Days.
William Thomas Cain Getty Images

Seven years ago, when journalist Bryce Hoffman started covering the Ford Motor Co. for The Detroit News, he knew he was either witnessing the end of an American icon or its resurrection.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Gain Together, Lose Together: The Weight-Loss 'Halo' Effect

Studies show that friends and family gain weight — and lose weight — together.
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 5:19 pm

Here's another good reason to lose weight: It might benefit your friends, family and co-workers. Such altruism might be just the final "nudge" some of us need.

Researchers are finding that the friends and family of obese and overweight individuals who lose weight lost weight themselves, and sometimes a lot of it. Dr. John Morton, who directs Bariatric Surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, calls obesity a "family disease."

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The Salt
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

To Cut The Risk Of A High-Fat Meal, Add Spice

Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 1:34 pm

No need to be stingy with spices. Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.

"Elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease," explains researcher Sheila West.

Her study found that a spicy meal helps cut levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in the blood — even when the meal is rich in oily sauces and high in fat.

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Asia
12:01 am
Mon March 12, 2012

iPad Workers: Plant Inspected Hours Before Blast

Workers burned during an explosion at an Apple supplier factory in Shanghai are seen at a hospital where they are receiving continued treatment for their injuries. According to the factory, 24 workers were burned in the explosion.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 1:06 pm

Apple's new iPad goes on sale this Friday, the latest version of a wildly popular product from an iconic company. In the past couple of months, though, Apple has come under criticism for working conditions in Chinese factories that help build iPads.

A New York Times investigation focused on an explosion at an Apple supplier factory last May. In December, another explosion struck a different Apple supplier factory in Shanghai.

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Folk Show
10:59 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

NHPR Folk Show (Fund Drive Edition) 3.11.12

 

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Love is the Water/ Brother Sun Brother Sun Brother Sun

Hooking the Bull at the Landing/ Guy Davis/ Recorded Live at NHPR/

Big Road Blues/ John Sebastian and the J- Band/ I Want My Roots/ Musicmasters

The Flood/ Eilen Jewell/ Heartache Blvd./ Signature Sounds

Birds and Ships/ Billy Bragg and Wilco/ Mermaid Avenue/ Rhino

All My Tears/ Bradford Bog People/ Fully Peated/ Bradford Bog People

Ridgeline/ Thom Perkins/ Recorded Live at NHPR/

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Folk Show
10:59 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

NHPR Folk Show (Fund Drive Edition) 3.11.12

 

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Love is the Water/ Brother Sun Brother Sun Brother Sun

Hooking the Bull at the Landing/ Guy Davis/ Recorded Live at NHPR/

Big Road Blues/ John Sebastian and the J- Band/ I Want My Roots/ Musicmasters

The Flood/ Eilen Jewell/ Heartache Blvd./ Signature Sounds

Birds and Ships/ Billy Bragg and Wilco/ Mermaid Avenue/ Rhino

All My Tears/ Bradford Bog People/ Fully Peated/ Bradford Bog People

Ridgeline/ Thom Perkins/ Recorded Live at NHPR/

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Folk Show
10:10 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Folk Show Calendar 3.11.12

Musicians

 

Thursday, March 15

>>>The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Flying Monkey ~ Plymouth, NH ~ 7:30pm ~ 603-536-2551

>>>David Francey at the Flying Goose Pub ~ New London, NH ~ 8pm ~ 603-526-6899

Friday, March 16

>>>The Bradford Bog People at Brown Memorial Library ~ Bradford, NH ~ 7pm         

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Kathleen Masterson was Harvest Public Media’s reporter based at Iowa Public Radio in Ames, Iowa. At Bowdoin College in Maine, Kathleen studied English and Environmental Studies and was torn as to which one she’d have to “choose” when finding a job. She taught high school English for a few years, and then swung back to science when she traveled to rural Argentina to work on a bird research project. She returned home to study science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduate school she went on to work as digital producer for NPR’s science desk before joining Harvest.

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