4:03pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Shots - Health News

When Fetuses Yawn In The Womb

Could that be a yawn? An ultrasound scan catches an opened-mouth fetus.
Courtesy of A Little Insight 3D 4D Ultrasound.

Why people yawn is a mystery. But yawning starts in the womb.

Past studies have used ultrasound images to show fetuses yawning, but some scientists have argued that real yawns were getting confused with fetuses simply opening their mouths.

So Nadja Reissland, a researcher at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, used a more detailed ultrasound technique to get images of fetal faces that could distinguish a true yawn from just an open mouth.

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4:02pm

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Judge Approves Hostess' Plan To Liquidate

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

Maybe the end is nigh, after all.

A judge has approved Hostess' plan to liquidate the company, all but assuring that the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Donettes and Wonder Bread will cease to exist.

The New York Times reports:

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4:01pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Monkey See

Rob Delaney Talks About Gratitude, Perspective, Spaceships And A Career With Teeth

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:57 pm

A screenshot from Rob Delaney's standup special, "Live At The Bowery Ballroom."

Full disclosure: The first thing I said when I saw that Rob Delaney would be talking to NPR's Audie Cornish on today's All Things Considered was that I was curious to see whether he had ever said anything on Twitter — where he has almost 670,000 followers (including me) as of this writing — that they thought they could read on the radio. It's an exaggeration. But not by that much.

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3:38pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Middle East

What Gaza Says About Possible Iran-Israel Showdown

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:01 am

An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept incoming rockets. This missile was fired from the southern Israeli city of Ashdod in response to a rocket launched from the nearby Palestinian Gaza Strip on Nov. 18.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

In the Gaza Strip fighting, where a cease-fire was reached Wednesday, the Israeli military pounded Gaza with hundreds of airstrikes. Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that rules Gaza, launched hundreds of rocket attacks on Israel.

The weeklong battle temporarily diverted attention from Iran, the archenemy of Israel and a key ally of Hamas. Israeli leaders have threatened to strike Iran over its nuclear program.

Yet the Gaza fight may offer insights into what a possible confrontation between Israel and Iran would look like.

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3:35pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Music Reviews

Samuel Yirga: A Prodigy Reviving Ethiopian Jazz

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 2:50 pm

Yirga's debut album is called Guzo.
Courtesy of Worldisc

Samuel Yirga is a pianist from Ethiopia. A 20-something prodigy, Yirga is too young to have experienced the Ethio-jazz movement of the early 1970s, but he has absorbed its music deeply — and plenty more as well. With his debut release, Guzo, or "Journey," Yirga both revives and updates Ethiopian jazz.

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3:13pm

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Maine Newscasters Quit On Live TV

A screen shot of the Bangor, Maine newscast.
YouTube

The "longest running news team in Bangor" quit with, well, a bang, Tuesday night. Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignation during the live 6 p.m. newscast.

Here's how it went down:

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3:09pm

Wed November 21, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, November 20, 2012

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 11:50 am

Alex Brandon AP

The election may be over, but the bickering continues, and not just between NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin. As President Obama defends his United Nations ambassador, Republicans on Capitol Hill continue to lambast her for "misleading" reports about what happened in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Plus: Mitt Romney's "gifts" that keep on giving. And Rep. Allen West concedes in Florida.

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3:04pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:57 pm

Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Erik Weiss Courtesy of the artist

Composer Max Richter has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic, specifically, Vivaldi's four violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. He has a new album simply titled Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons.

Richter says that as a child, he loved The Four Seasons. But as he grew older, that passion faded.

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2:57pm

Wed November 21, 2012
All Tech Considered

Parent Over Shoulder: Apps Help Mom Snoop Online, But Should She?

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:57 pm

As more teens get mobile devices, parents are using apps to track their every tweet and post.
iStockphoto.com

When his teenage son ventured into social media, Virginia father Mike Robinson wanted to make sure he could keep tabs on him. Robinson works in IT, so he rigged a surveillance system that works no matter what kind of device either of them is on.

"It's sort of like a version of remote desktop that enables you to run the program kind of silently in the background," Robinson says.

One day, checking in from his iPhone, Robinson discovered that his son had come across an adult meet-up site on Facebook.

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2:33pm

Wed November 21, 2012
StoryCorps' National Day Of Listening

Remembering A Father And Connecting Generations

Gary Knell with his father, David.
Courtesy of Gary Knell

David Knell was born on Nov. 23, 1916, in Youngstown, Ohio, the second son of immigrant families from Russia. Back then, Albert Einstein had just formulated his theory of relativity, the 40-hour workweek had just been created, and the hamburger had recently been invented.

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