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Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work

Sat, 2014-01-04 04:09

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

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Lovebirds + String + Watering Can + Dog = Rube Goldberg Magic

Sat, 2014-01-04 02:53

The term "Rube Goldberg machine" has become shorthand for a convoluted contraption made up of a series of chain reactions. But Goldberg was also a real person, whose ideas for whimsical devices have captivated imaginations for decades.

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Transgender Issues Follow Path Blazed By Gay Rights

Sat, 2014-01-04 01:46

Some gay and lesbian activists say 2013 was "the gayest year ever," but as 2014 opens, another issue is gaining traction — transgender rights.

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Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That

Fri, 2014-01-03 21:50

The ability to identify musical notes by ear is usually thought to be something developed early in life. Now a Harvard study says a drug normally used as a mood stabilizer might allow adults with no musical experience to learn perfect pitch.

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For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read

Fri, 2014-01-03 17:02

Braille hasn't changed much in the nearly 200 years it's been around. But with tablets, smartphones and e-readers, how we read things has. Judy Dixon of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped talks with NPR about how technology has changed Braille — and whether it can endure.

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This Week's Massive Winter Storm, Seen From Space

Fri, 2014-01-03 14:19

On Friday, NASA tweeted a composite image of the storm that has covered large areas of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. with a blanket of snow.

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House GOP Puts Another 'Target' On Obamacare

Fri, 2014-01-03 14:08

House Republicans plan to start the year with a vote on legislation to better safeguard the personal data that HealthCare.gov collects. Democrats see it as yet another attempt to undermine the health law, but they also see political risk in voting against more security for sensitive consumer data.

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Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:54

Cities across the country saw sharp drops in violent crime rates in 2013. For some big cities, murder rates reached historic lows. The numbers reflect a decades-long decline, which shows that plenty of neighborhoods in urban areas are safe while some remain troubled by violent crime.

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The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:37

So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right? Guess again.

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'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:29

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, it has created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.

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Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:16

Participation in the school lunch program suffered after USDA restricted the amount of grains and protein that could be served to kids at lunchtime. Now school food directors are applauding the decision to allow more of them back on lunch menus.

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California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:16

An Alameda County ordinance puts the responsibility for drug disposal squarely on the companies that made the medicines. States and the federal government have considered similar measures, but none has passed.

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Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:10

Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. The women running the program are hoping to get these young engineers hooked on helping. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi and will be distributed to hospitals around the country.

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Obama Administration Moves To Alter Gun-Buying Rules

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:06

Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the White House says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.

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2014: The Year We Weren't Shocked That People Of Color Watch Films?

Fri, 2014-01-03 12:16

The makers of Paranormal Activity are releasing two movies this year. One, which dropped in theaters this Friday, had Latino themes and characters. Does this mark a shift in narratives?

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Clay Aiken's Political Reality: Results Mixed For Stars Like Him

Fri, 2014-01-03 11:42

The former American Idol runner-up set the political class chattering Friday with rumors that he may run for Congress. He's one in a line of reality stars who have aimed for public office.

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Couples Urge Sotomayor To Deny Utah's Bid To Block Gay Marriage

Fri, 2014-01-03 11:34

The couples' response comes three days after Utah officials asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to block same-sex marriages in the state. Their filing with the Supreme Court calls the prospect of a delay "an intolerable and dehumanizing burden."

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Everyone Poops, But Dogs Do It With Magnetism

Fri, 2014-01-03 11:33

After watching dogs do their business several thousand times, Czech researchers concluded that the magnetic field was a significant force when the pooches lined up to go. They suggest this could mean that behavior studies need to take the magnetic field's fluctuation into account.

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Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders

Fri, 2014-01-03 11:23

Why have so many soldiers committed suicide in recent years? The Army is looking beyond post-traumatic stress and asking whether bad commanders and destructive leadership are taking a toll.

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7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014

Fri, 2014-01-03 10:22

The year ahead offers much more political catnip than 2013. Aside from a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, 2014 is shaping up as another critical period for the Affordable Care Act.

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