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3:07 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Soda Can Solar Furnace Helps Cut Heating Bills

Metro State University students designed an inexpensive solar furnace to help heat homes in Denver's low-income Westwood neighborhood. (Jessica Taves/Metro State University)

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:58 pm

When residents of Westwood, a low-income neighborhood in Denver, were asked what would help them the most, the answer was simple: Help us lower our utility bills.

Engineering students at Metro State University took up that challenge. They designed a furnace that uses recycled materials, is solar powered and costs less than $50 to build — and pennies a day to run.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio found out how the design is working.

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NPR Story
3:07 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Facebook, Instagram Regulate Gun Sales

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:58 pm

Facebook has announced that it will regulate gun sales on its social networking site and on its photo sharing app Instagram.

The company was under pressure from gun control and law enforcement groups to crack down on private sales of guns on the sites, claiming they may be sold to minors and bypass background checks.

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Shots - Health News
2:55 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Strange But True: Music Doesn't Make Some People Happy

Is there anyone who can resist dancing when Pharrell Williams sings "Happy"? Yes, if you're one of the rare few with specific musical anhedonia.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 12:08 pm

Surely listening to Pharrell Williams' Oscar nominee "Happy" makes you bounce with joy. Nirvana still makes you want to wail. And old Beatles songs make you feel like everything's going to be all right. But maybe you don't feel anything at all.

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The Two-Way
2:27 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIDEO: Dalai Lama Prays Senators Will 'Act With A Pure Mind'

The Dalai Lama delivers the opening prayer Thursday at the U.S. Senate.
C-SPAN.org

The U.S. Senate's opening prayer on Thursday was delivered by the Dalai Lama — in his words, "a simple Buddhist monk."

The Tibetan spiritual leader has been in the U.S. for several weeks and his itinerary has included a White House meeting with President Obama, over the strong objections of China. As The Associated Press puts it:

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Lowland Hum: Tiny Desk Concert

Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

It's hard to convey the sound of two people in love, but Lowland Hum does that effortlessly. Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank are now Daniel and Lauren Goans; they met a few years ago and spent much of their first married year on the road, singing together on small stages and at house concerts across the country. Daniel was a folksinger in North Carolina, while Lauren had aspirations to sing but mostly did it privately. She has a passion for making things with paper, and you'll see that in the little black book of lyrics she hands out at shows.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
1:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Mulgrew Miller Trio On JazzSet

Mulgrew Miller.
Jean Francois Laberine

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:49 am

When the pianist Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following a cerebral hemorrhage, the jazz world grieved the loss of this "wonderful musician and great spirit," in the words of his fellow pianist Kenny Barron.

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Parallels
1:48 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Sao Paulo Residents Again Fill The Streets, This Time To Celebrate

Revelers participate in a block street carnival on Sunday in downtown Sao Paulo.
Victor Moriyama Getty Images

This Carnival season, residents of Sao Paulo are taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers, but unlike the massive demonstrations that swept the city last summer, it's to party and not to protest.

Rio de Janeiro is well known as the queen of Carnival for its lavish parades broadcast live from the Sambadrome. Sao Paulo is the biggest city in South America and the economic engine of Brazil, but it's not known for its bacchanalian abandon.

In fact, it was the epicenter violent demonstrations over Brazil's plans to host the World Cup this summer and the Olympics in 2016.

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The Two-Way
1:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Obama Condemns Russian 'Intervention' In Ukraine

In a news conference about the situation in Ukraine, President Obama said Thursday that the world is "well beyond the days when borders can be withdrawn over the heads of democratic leaders."
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 6:06 am

Referring to Russia's actions in Crimea as an "intervention" and saying the U.S. will continue to "mobilize the international community to condemn this violation of international law," President Obama just delivered some of his most extensive remarks to date about the crisis in Ukraine.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Niger Extradites Moammar Gadhafi's Son To Libya

Saadi Gadhafi, son of Moammar Gadhafi, looks on inside a prison in Tripoli in this handout after his extradition from Niger on Thursday.
HANDOUT Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 2:06 pm

One of Moammar Gadhafi's sons has arrived in the Libyan capital for the first time since the 2011 revolution that toppled his father after Niger, where he'd long been under house arrest, finally agreed to extradite him.

Saadi Gadhafi, 40 — the former head of Libya's soccer federation who was notorious for a playboy lifestyle during his father's regime — fled to Niger after his father was deposed and summarily executed three years ago.

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#NPRWIT: Women In Tech
12:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Global Insight On Drawing Girls To Tech

Tell Me More looks at strategies being used to encourage more young women to enter tech fields in the US, and what the international community is doing differently — for better and worse.

Faith Matters
12:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Russian, Ukranian Faith Leaders Encourage Hope During Crisis

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're starting off today with Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. Today, we are focusing on the spiritual dimension of the tension between Russia and Ukraine. You may have seen the pictures of priests amid the conflict standing between soldiers and protesters in Kiev ministering to the wounded and the dying.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Thu March 6, 2014

U.S. Anchor For Russian TV Quits, Says Network 'Whitewashes' Crimea

A screenshot of RT anchor Liz Wahl during her final broadcast with the network.
RT/Daily Beast

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 6:11 pm

An American host for the Kremlin-backed Russia Today television has quit on air, announcing from the channel's Washington, D.C., anchor desk that she doesn't want to be "part of a network ... that whitewashes the actions of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin."

Liz Wahl announced her resignation on Wednesday, saying Moscow's intervention in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula is wrong and that she feels "very lucky to have grown up in the United States."

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:28 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Did Humans Evolve On The Savanna? The Debate Heats Up

Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 7:45 pm

"Without original research or new data, Dominguez-Rodrigo attempts to resurrect 'the spirit of the old savanna hypothesis' via word games and revisionist history ... This attempted resurrection of an obsolete mind-set will stand as a monument to futility. — paleoanthropologist Tim White, in response to prehistorian M.

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Monkey See
10:40 am
Thu March 6, 2014

A First Look At Quvenzhané Wallis In The New 'Annie'

Quvenzhané Wallis in Annie.
Screenshot

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 12:23 pm

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Layoffs Slow And Weekly Jobless Claims Dip

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:36 pm

The last two bits of economic news before Friday's much-anticipated jobs report are both at least modestly positive:

-- There were 323,000 first-time claims filed for jobless benefits last week, down 26,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says. Claims touched a three-month low.

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The Salt
10:14 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?

The Ingenues, an all-girl band and vaudeville act, serenade the cows in the University of Wisconsin, Madison's dairy barn in 1930. The show was apparently part of an experiment to see whether the soothing strains of music boosted the cows' milk production.
Angus B. McVicar/Wisconsin Historical Society

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 3:46 pm

When it's time to buckle down and focus, plenty of office workers will put on headphones to help them drown out distractions and be more productive. But can music also help dairy cows get down to business?

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Monkey See
9:05 am
Thu March 6, 2014

David Cameron Calls, And The Internet Answers

Patrick Stewart jumped into a quick-growing meme on Wednesday night.
@sirpatstew

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 12:25 pm

Oh, Internet.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:18 am
Thu March 6, 2014

An Update From Barbara

I want to thank so many of you who have kindly inquired how I'm doing. Since last spring, I've written three times at 13.7 about my cancer diagnosis.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu March 6, 2014

KCRW Presents: KINS

KINS performs live on KCRW.
Rob LaFond KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:26 pm

The members of KINS come from different parts of Australia and the U.K., but now call Brighton home. They each bring different influences to the table, and clearly relish the idea of crafting a unique sound that defies categorization, much like their fellow Brits in Alt-J. KINS' members strive to explore new sonic boundaries, and they succeed mightily in their song "Mockasin's."

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