3:14am

Mon July 23, 2012
Technology

Silicon Valley Boot Camp Aims To Boost Diversity

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 12:30 pm

As part of the New Media Entrepreneurship camp, participants paid a visit to Google.
Joshua Cassidy KQED

If there is a founding ethos in the world of high-tech startups, it's this: The idea is everything. Facebook's initial public offering might have seemed like the perfect illustration. A simple concept, conceived by a college student, became a $100 billion empire in just 8 years.

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3:13am

Mon July 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Hospital Specialists Help Remind The Sickest Kids They're Still Kids

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Child life specialist Kelly Schraf helps to put at ease Yoselyn Gaitan, 8, who had surgery on her cleft palate, at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Jenny Gold for NPR

Yoselyn Gaitan, an 8-year-old with a shy smile, sits quietly in an exam room at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., wearing a tiny hospital gown. She looks a little uneasy as she waits to be brought back to the operating room for the final surgery on her cleft palate.

Kelly Schraf spots her through the curtain and tiptoes into her room.

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3:12am

Mon July 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

An Alaska Company Losing The Obesity Game Calls In Health Coaches

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Shannon Orley, left, meets with her health coach, Kelly Heithold, right, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
Annie Feidt for NPR

Every morning, Shannon Orley parks as far away as possible from her office in Anchorage, Alaska. And on the sprawling Providence Alaska Medical Center campus that is really far away.

"Right around 1,000 steps each way. Definitely worth it," Orley says.

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3:13pm

Sun July 22, 2012
AIDS: A Turning Point

Testing, Treatment Key Weapons In AIDS Fight

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 3:33 pm

Visitors view the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where the International AIDS Conference is being held this week.
Ebony Bailey NPR

Thirty years ago, we first began hearing about AIDS — then a mysterious, unnamed disease that was initially thought to be a rare form of cancer that affected gay men. Scientists soon learned that it was neither of those things, and, in fact, it was a virus that everyone was vulnerable to.

That vulnerability became apparent when, in 1991, basketball superstar Magic Johnson announced that we would retire immediately because he had contracted HIV.

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2:30pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Around the Nation

After Shooting Rampage, A Community Looks To Heal

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 3:33 pm

Ted Engelmann, left, helps Yamilet Ortega, 3, second from left, and Kimberly Hernandez, 7, light candles, Saturday at a memorial near the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday.
Ted S. Warren AP

President Obama is in Aurora, Colo., on Sunday, meeting with the families of the victims of the deadly theater shootings that killed 12 people and injured 58 more. He'll also attend a memorial service and meet briefly with local officials.

Outside the movie theater where Friday's rampage occurred, there's a makeshift memorial at the edge of a hot and dusty lot. There are hundreds of candles and flowers, American flags and signs memorializing the victims.

"It's a sad time, very sad time," said William Cloud, a local professor, who came by to pay his respects.

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2:14pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Science

Invasive Pests, Or Tiny Biological Terrorists?

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 3:33 pm

There are millions of killers loose in California, and eucalyptus trees are their victims. Entomologist Timothy Paine has been studying the insects killing California's menthol-scented trees for two decades — and he's noticed a suspicious pattern.
George Rose Getty Images

Long before the era of post-Sept. 11 security precautions in the U.S., an unknown person or group of people may have begun carrying out a series of bioterrorism attacks in California.

The target? Menthol-scented eucalyptus trees.

Before you wonder why you hadn't heard of this, it's because the story isn't necessarily true. It's a hypothesis, a theory promoted by a noted California entomologist and eucalyptus expert named Timothy Paine.

If his theory is correct, then somebody out there wants those trees dead.

Digging For Clues

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1:58pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Donald Faison Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 3:33 pm

Actor Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
AP

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen a Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For actor Donald Faison, whose credits include Clueless, Remember the Titans, the TV shows Scrubs and The Exes, the movie he could watch a million times is Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. "I want to say I saw it at the movie theaters 30 times," Faison says.

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1:06pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Author Interviews

'Savages' Return In 'The Kings Of Cool'

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 8:05 am

iStockphoto.com

Oliver Stone's latest film, Savages, opened in theaters earlier this month. The movie centers on two young marijuana growers, Ben and Chon, who live and deal in California, alongside their girlfriend O — short for Ophelia. They find themselves thrust into a world of violence and murder when a Mexican drug cartel comes after their business. The film is based on the book by crime writer Don Winslow, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

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12:20pm

Sun July 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama's Judicial Nominees Face Slowed Confirmation Process

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 12:33 pm

We are all used to judicial nomination fights, but what has been remarkable in the Obama administration has been the molasses-like confirmation process for noncontroversial nominees, especially federal district court nominees.

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10:51am

Sun July 22, 2012
The Two-Way

NCAA To Issue Sanctions Against Penn State

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 4:38 am

More bad news for Penn State: The NCAA says it will issue sanctions Monday against the school over the child sex abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky.

The announcement came the same day the school removed the famed statue of legendary football coach Joe Paterno from outside the Penn State football stadium. Our colleague Eyder Peralta has written more about that move.

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