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6:58 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Life On Mars? Curiosity Rover Sniffs For Methane, Comes Up Empty

This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Today scientists working on the Mars Curiosity Rover mission made an important announcement: The rover used its lasers to "sniff" for methane. As NASA explains, methane is a "precursor chemical" for life, because creatures like us produce methane.

The Rover came up empty, or rather the most sensitive measurements ever taken in the planet's atmosphere reveal "little to no methane."

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Shots - Health News
6:12 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Home Health Care Proves Resilient In Face Of Sandy Destruction

Barbara Fleming is evacuated from Bellevue Hospital by Victor Rivera in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York on Oct. 31.
Carlo Allegri Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 9:57 pm

One lasting image of Superstorm Sandy will be very sick patients being evacuated from flooded hospitals. But less visible are thousands of patients who rely on visiting nurses and home health aides for care ranging from bathing and feeding to oxygen and ventilators.

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The Two-Way
5:46 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Superstorm Sandy: Voices From A FEMA Line In Coney Island

Evangean Pugh, far right, talks on a phone as she waits in line to apply for recovery assistance at a FEMA processing center in Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
Bebeto Matthews AP

NPR's Zoe Chace made her way to Coney Island in Brooklyn this afternoon. There she found residents making line at a FEMA processing center.

Zoe spoke to DeQuan Franklin and Roberta Johnson, who wanted to apply for emergency relief. They said in all their time living in New York they've never seen anything like this. Franklin says he's had to walk 20 minutes to find an open store. He said she had to walk almost 70 blocks to find a laundromat.

"The neighborhood doesn't look nothing like it did a few days ago," DeQuan said.

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The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Coming Soon To India: Playboy Bunnies

Indian actress Sherlyn Chopra, the first Indian woman to pose nude for Playboy, appears at a press event in Mumbai in July. Playboy magazine is banned in India, but Playboy bunnies will make a demure debut when the first Playboy club opens next month.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 5:47 am

The Playboy bunny is coming to India — even though the magazine is still banned.

India, like many other conservative countries, has not permitted Playboy to appear on newsstands. But the brand still plans to come to India in a big way.

Over the next 10 years, around 120 Playboy venues are expected to open across India, including bars, clubs, fashion cafes and stores. The first Playboy club will open next month in the holiday destination of Goa.

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

World Anti-Doping Agency Won't Appeal Armstrong Sanctions

Lance Armstrong, in the leader's yellow jersey, during the 2001 Tour de France.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday that it won't fight the sanctions imposed against American cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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The Salt
2:29 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Christmas Comes Early For Denmark's Beer Drinkers

J-Day, the first Friday in November, marks the release of Denmark's Christmas beer, Tuborg's Julebryg. It's practically a national holiday as the beer is promoted tonight in bars throughout the country.
Tuborg

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 3:40 pm

In the U.S., Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start of the race to Christmas (unless you happen to decorate department stores, then it starts in October). But in Denmark, the Christmas race starts tonight.

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The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Superstorm Sandy: Remembering Those Who Died

Water continues to flood a neighborhood on Thursday in the Ocean Breeze area of the Staten Island borough of New York City.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:22 am

As New Jersey and New York continue to pick the pieces in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the death toll has slowly crept up to 97.

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Monkey See
2:14 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The New York City Marathon Is Not Post-Sept. 11 Baseball, And More Reasons To Cancel

This image, from the 2011 ING New York City Marathon, shows the aftermath of the runners' passage.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

I'd almost forgotten about the NYC Marathon, thanks to Sandy, and when I did remember that this is "Marathon Weekend," I just assumed it would get cancelled.

As of this writing, the ING New York City Marathon is not cancelled. But it should be. Immediately.

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The Two-Way
2:08 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Alan Murray Of 'The Wall Street Journal' Named Pew Research Center's President

Alan Murray, deputy managing editor and executive editor, online, at The Wall Street Journal, is taking the post of president at the Pew Research Center.

He's succeeding a man who would certainly be familiar to many NPR listeners and to those who like to pore over polls. Andrew Kohut, who has been the center's president since its founding in 2004, will "stay on as founding director and continue to provide counsel on political polling and global attitudes research," the organization announced today.

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The Two-Way
1:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

As Tempers Flare At Stations, Moves Are Made To Get Gas To N.Y, N.J.

Rather than sit in their cars, many people on Staten Island today lined up at stations with gas cans — hoping to get a few gallons before supplies ran out.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:48 pm

Across the region around New York City and northern New Jersey today, "motorists increasingly desperate for a fill-up fumed in long lines at gas stations and screamed at each other" as post-Sandy shortages continued, The Associated Press reports.

Relief, hopefully, is coming soon.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:09 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

After Sandy: What Do We Do Now?

A condemned house in the Ocean Breeze area of New York City's Staten Island. Most homes in the seaside community were inundated by the ocean surge from superstorm Sandy.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 6:26 pm

Sandy is scary. And it's scary to think that there's more where she came from. This may be a turning point. Finally, it seems, fear wins.

The fear dynamic has been at the heart of the debate about climate change in the United States, or rather, at the heart of the lack of debate.

Americans are not climate-change deniers. Americans just haven't gotten the memo that they're supposed to be scared.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Sunflowers Seen Flying Through Empty Desert. Why?

Vincent Liota

I've been hearing strange wind stories all my life. The best ones are both wildly improbable but still true, like how the Empire State Building gets hit by wafts of barley flying in on jet streams from Iowa, or how tons of sand from the Saharan desert rain down every year onto Brazilian rainforests. You never know what the wind will bring. The wind decides.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Controversy Shrouds Decision To Go Ahead With New York Marathon

Workers construct the Finish Line on Friday as preparations continue for the 43rd New York City Marathon.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 8:43 pm

Update at 5:17 p.m. ET. Marathon Cancelled:

After receiving withering criticism, officials have decided to cancel the New York City Marathon, the largest 26.2 mile road race in the world.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had insisted on allowing the marathon to continue, issued a statement saying he did not want to taint the event.

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Shots - Health News
12:33 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Attention, Shoppers: Health Care Prices Go Online In Colorado

If that ski run goes bad in Colorado, at least you'll be able to find the best price for a scan of your knee.
iStockphoto.com

If you need an MRI of your knee in Colorado, the price varies — a lot.

You can pay anywhere from $350 to $2,336. It's a huge range, but the truly remarkable thing about the prices is that we know them at all.

Prices for health care aren't public in most places, making shopping for the best deal nearly impossible. And patients pay different amounts for the same procedure based on their insurance coverage, too.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Coast Guard Probing Tall Ship's Sinking; Captain Had Spoken About Hurricanes

The HMS Bounty as the tall ship sank Monday off the coast of North Carolina.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski/U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

There's word from The Associated Press that the Coast Guard "has ordered a formal investigation into the sinking of a famous tall ship off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy."

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