Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, unveiled his designs for Hyperloop. The high-speed transit system could make the 400-mile trip from San Francisco and Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Tim De Chant, senior digital editor at NOVA, discusses the plans and whether the system could answer our transit problems.
Performance artist Marina Abramovic's piece Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze is both art installation and science experiment, in which volunteers sit facing one another while having their brain waves measured. Abramovic discusses these arts and science experiments with neuroscientist Christof Koch, an expert in consciousness.
Across the Southwest, cities are banning water-thirsty front lawns. Cado Daily of the University of Arizona's Water Wise Program views that as an opportunity to plant a "rainscape" — a yard with drought-friendly native plants that she says can look as lush as a lawn, and lure wildlife back, too.
Congress has gone home for its annual August recess, so Tell Me More takes a look at headlines in places across the country. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Mike Leary from the San Antonio Express-News and Dana Coffield of The Denver Post.
Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 11:52 am
China says it plans to phase out the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners, ending a controversial practice that reportedly supplies most of the country's transplant patients.
Huang Jiefu, a surgeon and former deputy health minister who is in charge of organ transplants, says that beginning in November, China will scale back and eliminate the harvesting of inmate organs. Huang says that will be replaced by a nationwide voluntary donor system.
Bobby Cannavale (right) starred in <em>Glengarry Glen Ross</em> on Broadway. Cannavale has also starred in television shows such as HBO's <em>Boardwalk Empire</em> and in films such as <em>The Station Agent</em>.
Looking back at history and prehistory, privacy is the rarest luxury. It requires walls or seclusion. It is not our natural condition.
In recent times people have taken privacy for granted, the same way we take other modern conveniences for granted. There's nothing natural about privacy, just as there is nothing inalienable about cheap fast food.
Zoos are great for teaching kids about the different sounds that animals make. Monkeys go ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-oh-ah, horses go nay, and lions go woof. Wait. What? A mother, taking her son around a zoo in China, thought her boy was mistaken when he pointed out the barking lion. He was right. The zoo had taken their African lion away for breeding, and subbed in an employee's large, hairy dog. The mom felt cheated.
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A man in Cairo who said he had been wounded by a rubber bullet Friday gets help.
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Soldiers take their positions on armored vehicles while guarding an entrance to Tahrir Square in Cairo. Wednesday's crackdown left more than 600 people dead and nearly 4,000 injured.
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Morsi supporters march toward Old Cairo as they carry a coffin, covered with a national flag, of someone killed during Wednesday's clashes.
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Demonstrators carry a wounded man after clashes with police near Ramses Square in Cairo.
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A wounded man is evacuated during clashes between security forces and Morsi supporters in Cairo.
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Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters flee from shooting in front of Azbkya police station during clashes at Ramses Square.
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Muslim Brotherhood supporters clash with police near Ramses square. The army deployed dozens of armored vehicles on major roads in Cairo, and the Interior Ministry has said police will use live ammunition against anyone threatening state installations.
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Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi chant slogans during a protest in Ramses Square in Cairo on Friday. Today's estimated death toll ranges from 60 according to the Associated Press and 95 according to Al Jazeera.
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Egyptians supporting ousted president Morsi pause during clashes with security forces near the Four Seasons hotel in Garden City area of Cairo on Wednesday. Thousands of Morsi supporters took to the streets, urging a "Day of Rage" to denounce the deaths of hundreds of protesters this week.
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Smoke rises over Ramses Square after protests turned violent across Egypt. The government has imposed a night-time curfew set to last at least a month.
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An Egyptian civilian (left) offers water to policemen during clashes with protesters in Cairo.
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Supporters carry posters of Morsi and shout slogans during a march in Alexandria.
From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Peter Kenyon, in Cairo, talks with host David Greene
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With the Muslim Brotherhood marching in Cairo and other Egyptian cities in a "day of rage" over the deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, this week's alarming body count went higher on Friday.
Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:33 am
Controversy over Russia's new anti-gay law is affecting this year's World Athletic Championships. Athletes who are in Moscow for the games are speaking out about the law. How athletes are reacting could be a test for what's to come at the Sochi Olympics.
Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:30 am
The new movie Lee Daniels' The Butler stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in a story that took five years and 37 producers to bring to the screen. The film is inspired by the real life career of a White House employee who served eight presidents.
Somalia is a country that has long been plagued by horrific violence, where even humanitarian groups are targeted. Just a month ago, two workers from Doctors Without Borders were released after 21 months in captivity. The group has had 16 staff killed in their 22 years operating in Somalia. Well, now Doctors Without Borders says it has had enough. For just the second time in its history, the group is completely pulling out of a country because of safety concerns.
Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:05 am
The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a mass rally on Friday in a challenge to the government's declaration of a month-long state of emergency and a dusk-to-dawn curfew. David Greene talks to Mona al-Qazzaz, a spokeswoman for the Muslim Brotherhood in London.
Egypt's Interior Ministry has authorized the use of deadly force against protesters targeting police and state institutions. The death toll has surpassed 600 since Wednesday and spread outside the bloody crackdown in Cairo against supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.