2:31pm

Mon November 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Rubio Dodges Question On Earth's Age

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 6:25 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in Iowa on Saturday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

According to scientists, the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Most of the people who vote in presidential primaries aren't scientists, however.

Indeed, a Gallup poll this year reported that 46 percent of Americans (58 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of independents) held a nonscientific belief in creationism, the religious-based view that humans were divinely created within the past 10,000 years.

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2:19pm

Mon November 19, 2012
The Salt

Could Nate Silver Predict How Good Your Pumpkin Pie Will Be?

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 12:55 pm

All out of nutmeg? The same algorithms that predicts your friends on Facebook can also figure out ingredient substitutions for your pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving.
Courtesy of Lada Adamic.

We've been hearing a lot recently about how algorithms can predict just about anything. They find long-lost friends on Facebook and guess which books we'll buy next on Amazon. Algorithms hit the big time this month, when New York Times blogger Nate Silver used mathematical models and statistics to correctly forecast the outcome of every state in the presidential election.

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2:17pm

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Maybe Twinkies Do Last Forever: Union, Hostess Headed To Mediation

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 7:43 am

The big name in the Hostess lineup.
Scott Olson Getty Images

"Twinkies Saved! Hostess, Bakers Union Agree to Mediation, Avoiding Shutdown."

That's the "alert" this hour at CNBC.com.

Reuters has issued this "bulletin":

"US BANKRUPTCY JUDGE SAYS PARTIES AGREE TO MEDIATION ON TUESDAY IN HOSTESS CASE."

And according to The Associated Press:

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1:42pm

Mon November 19, 2012
All Tech Considered

What's The Big Idea? Pentagon Agency Backs Student Tinkerers To Find Out

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 4:52 pm

Students Blake Jamar (from left), Ryan Clifton and Gregory Gonzales take apart a bicycle that generates electricity at Analy High School in Sebastopol, Calif.
Jon Kalish for NPR

At Analy High School in Sebastopol, Calif., three students are taking apart a bicycle that generates electricity. Another student is calibrating a laser cutter. They're all working in a cavernous building that once held the school's metal and electronics shop. Let's just say it has been updated.

"I'm thinking that I might make a quadrocopter and a tremolo. It's a type of guitar thing that uses light to change the volume. And a few other things; we'll see," says Gabe Cook-Spillane, a senior at Analy High.

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1:26pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Planet Money

The U.S. Is Borrowing Less From China, More From Everybody Else

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

In popular U.S. mythology, China is the creditor-bogeyman. Japan is the place where robots take care of old people.

Mythology notwithstanding, Japan is about to pass China as the biggest foreign lender to the U.S. government.

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1:11pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Shots - Health News

More Teens Take Steroids To Trade Fat For Muscle

Six percent of teenagers say they've used steroid drugs in the past year, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics.
iStockphoto.com

Many teens aspire to have lean bodies and big muscles, like the professional athletes they so admire. But they don't always want (or know how) to sweat to get them. A new study finds a surprisingly high number of teens have used steroids to try to slim down and bulk up.

Six percent of teenagers say they've used steroid drugs in the past year, which is a lot higher than the 1.1 percent reported in a 2011 survey.

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12:28pm

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

5 Reasons Why The Israeli-Palestinian Fighting Is Different This Time

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 8:49 am

The Israelis and Palestinians have clashed repeatedly over the Gaza Strip, but the recent upheavals in the Middle East have changed the dynamics this time. Here, a Palestinian woman is helped after being injured in an Israeli strike in Gaza City on Monday.
Bernat Armangue AP

This round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting may seem almost identical to all the battles that came before. After all, the Israelis and Palestinians waged an intense fight over the Gaza Strip just four years ago, in December 2008 and January 2009.

But since then, the Arab Spring and its aftermath have radically altered the dynamics of the Middle East. Here are several reasons to look at this clash from a different perspective:

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12:26pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Music Reviews

Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 10:38 am

Bill Withers onstage in 1973.
Fin Costello Redferns

Bill Withers' very first single became a breakout hit in 1971. He would go on to record nine albums over the next 14 years, and all of them are now available on a new box set, The Complete Sussex and Columbia Masters.

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11:28am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

27 Animals In 'Hobbit' Movie Died At Farm Where They Were Housed

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 12:33 pm

A promotion for J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, which is now being made into a movie trilogy, at the Frankfurt Book Fair last month.
Arne Dedert EPA /LANDOV

Just days before the movie's premiere, there's word that during the filming of director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as many as 27 animals used in its production died at the farm in New Zealand where they were housed.

Animal wranglers tell The Associated Press that there were "bluffs, sinkholes and other 'death traps' " at the farm. Three horses died, along with "six goats, six sheep and a dozen chickens."

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11:11am

Mon November 19, 2012
Sports

Blue Raiders win at USA

Junior Jajuan Harley garnered SBC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday
Credit goblueraiders.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Middle Tennessee's stellar defensive play led the way in Saturday's victory over South Alabama.

With the help of four defensive turnovers and career-high 154 yards from Jordan Parker, the Blue Raiders defeated South Alabama by a score of 20-12.

Middle Tennessee now stands at 7-3 (5-1 SBC) after recorder it's fifth road win, the most since 1992.

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