Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Scientists Use Antacid To Help Measure The Rate Of Reef Growth

Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science takes a water sample during his experiment out on part of the Great Barrier Reef. The water is slightly pink because his team is using a dye to trace an acid-neutralizing chemical as it flows across the reef.
Richard Harris NPR

NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris traveled to Australia's Great Barrier Reef to find out how the coral reefs are coping with increased water temperature and increasing ocean acidity, brought about by our burning of fossil fuels. Day 4: Richard catches up with one of the gurus of climate science out on the reef.

Ken Caldeira loves a challenge, and he has a big one right under his feet. He's standing on an expanse of coral reef out in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It's being washed with water as the tide streams over the reef, from a lagoon to the open sea.

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Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Says He Will Step Down

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 1:24 pm

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski testifies before a Senate committee in March of 2013.
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The chairman of the Federal Communication Commission announced during a staff meeting on Friday that he intends to step down "in the coming weeks."

Julius Genachowski's resignation comes just a day after Commissioner Robert McDowell announced his plans to step down.

The New York Times reports the Obama administration has not settled on a replacement for Genachowski. It reports:

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Fri March 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

How A Sleep Disorder Might Point To A Forgotten Future

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 11:03 am

A towel covers the face of a man in a geriatric day care facility of the German Red Cross at Villa Albrecht in Berlin.
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What you do while you're asleep may say something about your cognitive function later in life.

Here's why. Mayo Clinic researchers report that having a condition called REM sleep behavior disorder, in which you act out dreams in your sleep, appears to be a harbinger for something called Lewy body dementia years later — at least in men.

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Fri March 22, 2013
Arts & Culture

Hendersonville Youth Tops MTSU's Regional Spelling Bee in 18th Round

Jonathan Caldwell of Hendersonville, Tenn., right, winner of the Middle Tennessee 2013 Regional Spelling Bee at MTSU, is joined by his mother, Holly Caldwell, for publicity photos after his 18th-round win March 20. Caldwell is a seventh-grader at Merrol Hyde Magnet School. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

Be honest now: If someone asked you to spell “Flemish,” and you were in Tennessee on the first day of spring, wouldn’t you almost spell it “phlegmish”?

Not to mention spelling “fennel” with a stuffed-up nose — F-E-D-D-E-L — or misunderstanding the emcee’s pronunciation as “o-topsy” and asking for clarification to be sure it’s “aw-topsy” before spelling A-U-T-O-P-S-Y correctly.

These challenges and more awaited 44 of Middle Tennessee’s finest young orthographers at MTSU at today’s regional finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Fri March 22, 2013
Arts & Culture

Global Discourses in Women's and Gender Studies

Middle Tennessee State University
Global Discourses in
Women’s and Gender Studies
An Interdisciplinary Conference

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Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Harvard Stuns New Mexico, And 4 Other Need-To-Knows From The NCAA Tournament

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 9:34 am

Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard of the Harvard Crimson celebrate as the Crimson defeat the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 during the the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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The NCAA tournament got off to a stunning start on Thursday: Harvard, known more for its brains and seeded No. 14, sent No. 3 New Mexico packing with a 62-68 win.

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Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Moscow First Stop For New Chinese Leader

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 11:35 am

Chinese President Xi Jinping lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Friday.
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Newly installed Chinese President Xi Jinping is following in his predecessor's footsteps by making Russia his first official trip abroad.

The visits by Xi and Hu Jintao before him (in 2003), both meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reinforce how the Cold War rivals have grown closer as they seek to counter U.S. influence in Asia and Europe.

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Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 12:45 pm

Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe in January 2009.
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NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from Lagos, Nigeria, on the death of one of Africa's greatest contemporary writers. Quoting his publisher, AP, CNN, and the BBC are reporting Chinua Achebe has died.

Chinua Achebe who taught at colleges in the United States made literary history with his 1958 best-seller Things Fall Apart, a sobering tale about Nigeria at the beginning of its colonization.

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Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Cyprus Gets Cold Shoulder From Russia On Bailout Aid

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 12:47 pm

An employee of Cyprus Laiki (Popular) Bank reacts as he takes part in a protest outside Parliament on Friday in the capital, Nicosia.
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As a deadline on Cyprus to come up with a financial bailout plan nears, a possible rescue from Russia looks to have fallen apart, leaving the island nation few options for staving off default.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said as far as Moscow was concerned "the talks have ended," but Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev left the door open, saying aid from Moscow would be contingent on Cyprus gaining European Union backing for its other money-raising ideas.

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Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Closes Trip To Israel, West Bank With Memorial Visits

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 8:24 am

President Barack Obama pays his respects in the Hall of Remembrance in front of Israel's President Shimon Peres, Israel's Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau after marines layed a wreath on his behalf during his visit to the memorial on Friday.
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President Obama wrapped up his trip to Israel and the West Bank on Friday with visits to three symbolic pilgrimage sites: First he laid a stone on the grave of Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, then he laid a wreath and a stone on the grave of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli leader assassinated in 1995. Finally, Obama made a somber visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.

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