Earlier this week, All Things Considered asked you to submit your questions about the shutdown, then assembled a crack team of NPR reporters to answer them. Find out what the government shutdown means for food safety, military pay and more.
The two powerhouses are the most visited sites in the world, according to the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute.
With the federal government partially shut down there was no September jobs report Friday, leaving some economists suffering data withdrawal. But sorting through unofficial numbers, most economists are fairly sure the labor market continued its steady, modest growth last month, adding perhaps as many as 180,000 jobs.
Pastor Jamie Coots says his Pentecostal church is really not that different from other churches. "We sing, we preach, we testify, take up offerings, pray for the sick, everything like everybody else does. Just, every once in a while, snakes are handled," he says.
Pastor Jamie Coots says his Pentecostal church is really not that different from other churches. "We sing, we preach, we testify, take up offerings, pray for the sick, everything like everybody else does. Just, every once in awhile, snakes are handled," he says.
Britain's Conservative-led government has unveiled proposals to change the social benefits system, moving ever closer to workfare. One measure under the plan requires the long-term jobless to do community work. Another plan would ax automatic housing and other benefits for unemployed Brits under 25.
Reading literary fiction improves people's ability to recognize other people's mental states, while popular fiction and nonfiction do not, a study says. That may be because literary fiction tends to focus on the psychology and inner lives of the characters.
Hormone replacement therapy used to be considered a fountain of youth for women. Then studies from the Women's Health Initiative found that HRT raised women's risk of chronic diseases. A final report from the massive study says hormone therapy can help younger women manage menopause symptoms, but it isn't safe for use long-term.
President Obama sought to turn an "impromptu" lunchtime stroll into a chance to neutralize a damaging shutdown quote from an administration official.
There's a little irony to add to government shutdown and film premiere news today. Though NASA has furloughed 97 percent of its workforce, "Gravity," a 3-D space film with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney comes out this week.
Wesley Morris, Grantland's film writer, hopes the use of 3-D won't re-inspire its use throughout cinema.
"This should be a really good example of a movie that should make other people say, 'We shouldn't bother if there's no reason for it,'" Morris says. "I think if you can find a way [to use 3-D] that's not just throwing things into your face for two hours, or do that horrible thing ... where they shoot the movie in standard definition and retro-fit it in 3-D, so it looks terrible."
But overall, Morris thinks the film was a "complete moviegoing experience."
"From a physics standpoint, it is apparently very good and very plausible ... but for me, as a moviegoing experience," he says, "this is a very good directing performance by Alfonso Cuarón."
One thing director Alfonso Cuarón has said is that "Gravity" can't be viewed like a normal movie. Morris thinks that has to do with the film's submersive experience.
"He hasn't made a movie in seven years. The last time he made a movie, we weren't watching them on our phones," Morris adds. "He made a movie that is virtually phone-proof, in that it helps to be sensorally overwhelmed by the 3-D, by the sound design, by the visual effects."
Urban agriculture abounds in Los Angeles county but few people could see the big picture of what was actually happening around them. So university students set out to create a baseline of data in the country's most populous county to help urban planners, regulators and agricultural pioneers make sense of it all.