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6:11pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Around the Nation

At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On

The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island draws hundreds of thousands of revelers each June. After sustaining significant damage during Superstorm Sandy, the nonprofit that runs the parade was almost unable to host this year's event, scheduled for Saturday.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Not even Superstorm Sandy could keep the mermaids from coming back to Brooklyn.

The Mermaid Parade is a nautically themed and occasionally naughty parade that draws close to a million people to Coney Island, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, each June. Sandy nearly drowned the organization that hosts the parade, but supporters donated more than $100,000 to get the parade back on its fins this year.

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3:40pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Technology

NSA Leak Could Be Bad Business For U.S. Tech Companies

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:11 pm

The disclosure of previously secret National Security Agency surveillance programs has left many Americans worried that the privacy of their personal data and communications is in jeopardy.

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3:27pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Media

Is It Ethical? Universities Pay Newspaper For Coverage

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:11 pm

Copies of The Orange County Register slide through the presses. The Register is the country's 20th most-read daily, with a circulation of about 285,000.
Grant Slater KPCC

This spring, readers of The Orange County Register in Southern California started seeing much more coverage of local universities. What they probably did not know is that the stories are paid for by the schools. Depending on whom you ask, it is either a smart way to bring in revenue, or a serious breach of journalism ethics.

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3:15pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Monkey See

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:11 pm

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai iStockphoto.com

6:04pm

Thu June 20, 2013
The Salt

How Circadian Rhythms Give Vegetables A Healthy Boost

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 3:56 pm

Researchers at Rice University conducted lab studies using light-dark cycles to try to coax more beneficial compounds out of fruits and vegetables.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Just as we have internal clocks that help regulate the systems in our bodies, fruit and vegetable plants have circadian rhythms, too.

And a new study published in Current Biology finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested.

So, how does it work?

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