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The Salt
1:48 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

An Omnivore's Dilemma: Would You Eat Michael Pollan Microbe Cheese?

Microbiologist Christina Agapakis (left) and artist Sissel Tolass show off the cheese they made with bacteria from human skin. The project was part of Agapakis' graduate thesis at Harvard Medical School.
Courtesy of Grow Your Own ... Life After Nature at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 3:03 pm

Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. (Our friends at Kitchen Window broke down the process in a recent post, if you're curious.)

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:39 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Dancing To The Tune Of Ph.D.

Andres Florez Screenshot/Vimeo

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 9:22 am

If you've ever sat through a (long, long) university graduation ceremony, you may have taken the time to peruse the dissertation titles of graduating doctoral students. Depending on the university and department, you'd probably find a sampling something like this:

Preliminary Measurements For An Electron EDM Experiment In ThO (Yulia Gurevich, 2012, Harvard University)

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The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Schools Chief Among 4 Indicted In Steubenville Rape Case

Four adults, including the superintendent of the city's schools, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to the aftermath and alleged attempted coverup of a teenage girl's 2012 rape by members of the high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio.

Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine just announced that news.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Mon November 25, 2013

At Auction, Maltese Falcon Goes For $4 Million, Dreams Included

How much will it bring?
Bonhams AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 6:55 pm

Somebody should say this ...

"I am prepared to pay $5,000 for the figure's return"

... just for fun Monday afternoon when a Maltese Falcon statue used in the classic 1941 movie goes on auction at Bonhams in New York City.

That line about $5,000, movie fans will know, is said by "Joel Cairo" (played by Peter Lorre) to "Sam Spade" (Humphrey Bogart).

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The Two-Way
10:26 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Anti-Government Demonstrations Rock Thai Capital

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok. Thailand, march Monday against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 11:09 am

Massive anti-government protests have rocked the Thai capital, Bangkok, with demonstrators occupying parts of the finance and foreign ministries Monday and calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Comet ISON in an image taken on Nov. 19 by a telescope at the Marshall Space Flight Center in New Mexico.
NASA

Whenever the phrase "comet of the century" gets tossed around, we recommend remembering all the buzz about Kohoutek.

If you were around in 1973, you may recall that Kohoutek was supposed to give us an amazing show.

Well, it fizzled.

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Monkey See
9:31 am
Mon November 25, 2013

What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in Catching Fire.
Lionsgate

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 3:02 pm

[General Hunger Games/Catching Fire information below; no huge surprises revealed.]

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Syrian Peace Talks Set To Start In January

In the Syrian town of Hejeira, a fighter from a Shiite militia patrolled last week.
Jaber al-Helo AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:07 am

Representatives from the Syrian opposition and from President Bashar Assad's regime will sit down at a negotiating table for the first time on Jan. 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office announced Monday.

The U.N. adds that:

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Top Stories: Stormy Holiday Weather; A Momentous Anniversary

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:09 am

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The Two-Way
8:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Happy Anniversary! 81 Years And Counting For Conn. Couple

John Betar, 102, and his wife Ann, 98, at their home in Fairfield, Conn. They eloped on Nov. 25, 1932.
Michelle McLoughlin Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:02 am

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The Two-Way
7:18 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Book News: Wanda Coleman, L.A.'s 'Unofficial Poet Laureate,' Dies

Arthur Miller with award finalist for poetry Wanda Coleman at the 2001 National Book Awards in New York City.
Scott Gries Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Health Care
5:07 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Health Exchanges Brace For A December Deluge

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 1:11 pm

The race is on to get the federal insurance website HealthCare.gov working smoothly by the end of November.

And it's not just because that's what federal officials have promised. December could see a surge in demand for health insurance.

"There is an avalanche coming," says Bryce Williams, managing director for exchange solutions at the benefits consulting firm Towers Watson.

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Shots - Health News
2:54 am
Mon November 25, 2013

In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

Illustration by Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 1:41 pm

Lots of studies have shown that cigarette smoke isn't good for a fetus. So many pregnant women use nicotine gum or skin patches or inhalers to help them stay away from cigarettes.

A few years ago, Megan Stern became one of those women. "I smoked heavily for the first seven weeks of my pregnancy because I didn't know I was pregnant," she says. "It was an accidental pregnancy, and I found out while I was in the emergency room for another issue."

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Swiss Voters Reject Measure Curbing Executive Pay

Members of the Swiss trade union Unia, supporting a referendum to limit the pay of executives to 12 times that of a company's lowest-paid employee, demonstrate in Zurich in August.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters/Landov

Swiss voters rejected a measure on Sunday that would have capped executive pay to no more than 12 times that of the company's lowest paid worker.

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

China Expands Air Defense Zone Over Disputed Islands

Japanese Coast Guard vessels sail alongside Japanese activists' fishing boat, not in photo, warning the activists away from a group of disputed islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan.
Emily Wang AP

In a move that angered Japan, China expanded its air defense zone to include a group of uninhabited islands claimed by both countries.

The Chinese government released a map and coordinates on Saturday that show the zone covers most of the East China Sea, including the islands.

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