All Tech Considered
2:05 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

Students at Coachella Valley Unified School District use iPads during a lesson. The district's superintendent is promoting the tablet initiative as a way to individualize learning.
Coachella Valley Unified School District

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:55 pm

A growing number of school districts across America are trying to weave tablet computers, like the iPad, into the classroom fabric, especially as a tool to help implement the new Common Core state standards for math and reading.

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Parallels
1:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay

France's government has taken legal steps to protect the country's independent booksellers from behemoths like Amazon. It already prohibits discounts of more than 5 percent on books. Now it's considering a law that would not allow online retailers like Amazon to offer both a 5 percent discount and free shipping.
Christine Zenino Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:55 pm

Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.

In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.

Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

SEC Approves Crowdfunding For Startups

New businesses will soon be able to raise raise money online and give investors a stake in the company.

The Securities and Exchange Commission just approved a proposal that would allow startups and small businesses to solicit relatively small sums of money on the web.

The rule would allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $1 million a year from investors. Critics say this sort of crowdfunding does not protect investors – or companies.

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Blanket Of Smog In Chinese City Renews Coal Debate

The cloud of smog that smothered Harbin, China, as seen from space. (NOAA)

Cool winds are bringing relief to nearly 10 million residents of the northern Chinese city of Harbin, where thick smog caused schools, airports and businesses to shutter their doors earlier this week. Residents were ordered to remain indoors. At the pollution’s worst, visibility was only 65 feet.

The smog coincided with the first day residents fired up their heating systems in a city known for its cold temperatures and ice festivals.

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Appalachian Mountain Club Huts Turn 125

The Mizpah Spring Hut welcomes its visitors. (Chris Ballman/Here & Now)

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 1:43 pm

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Shots - Health News
12:05 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

What If Husbands Had A GPS To Help Wives With Breast Cancer?

Recalculating ...
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 12:39 pm

When I make a wrong turn, the woman's voice in my GPS says, "Route recalculation." Then she tells me how to get back on track.

How I wish this electronic tool could be adapted for men whose wives have breast cancer.

Imagine a device that would help us correct course when we try our best to support the women we love — and inevitably mess up. As a breast cancer husband who did just about everything wrong when my wife was diagnosed, I would have been very grateful for a little back-seat driving.

Let's consider some examples.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Case Of 'Little Maria' Is Solved, Bulgarian Romas Are Her Parents

Greece's Hellenic Police say they found the girl living with the Roma couple last week. Authorities have sought tips that might lead to information about her identity.
Hellenic Police Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 1:50 pm

A DNA test has confirmed that the biological parents of Little Maria are a Roma couple living in Bulgaria.

Maria, you might remember, was taken from Christos Salis and his wife, Eleftheria Dimopoulou, because police said the child was too fair to be the Greek Roma couple's daughter. The two were charged with abducting a child, but they maintained that they had adopted Maria from another Roma couple in Bulgaria.

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It's All Politics
11:59 am
Fri October 25, 2013

'Ready For Hillary' SuperPAC Gains Backing From Soros

George Soros, seen at a forum in Berlin last year, joined a superPAC backing a Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

It may not officially have a candidate to back quite yet, but for months Ready for Hillary has been revving up for 2016. Now, the superPAC has earned the support of a prominent Democratic donor.

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Fine Art
11:54 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso

Pablo Picasso drew L'Homme au Gibus, or Man With Opera Hat, in 1914.
(c) Succession Picasso 2013

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:55 pm

Imagine buying a genuine Pablo Picasso painting valued at $1 million — and paying only $135.

That's the prize if you win the "1 Picasso for 100 Euros" raffle Sotheby's is currently putting on. It's the first time a Picasso has been offered as a raffle prize, and while 100 euros (about $135) isn't cheap for a raffle ticket, at one in about 50,000, your chances of winning are a lot better than the megalotteries a lot of people enter.

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Shots - Health News
11:18 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

This riboflavin-rich material can be used to print intricate, microscopic structures in three dimensions.
Courtesy of North Carolina State University

Almost every day it seems there's a new use for 3-D printing.

In medicine, the printers are already making prosthetic hands, hearing aid cases and parts of human ears.

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