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North Korea Reveals Netflix-Like Streaming Service

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:57am

One official said it's "elevating the people's cultural life" by allowing its citizens to stream state-run TV. Which is to say binge watch propaganda in the comfort of their own home.

Professor Uses Beer To Brew Up Interest In Chemistry

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:52am

A chemistry professor at the University of Southern Maine started asking students to lab-test beer. By the way, testing doesn't mean tasting. Students aren't allowed to drink beer in class.

Xiaomi Goes From Smartphones To Smart Homes To Pull Itself Out Of Decline

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi (SHYOW-Me), is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

Locals In Flooded Rural Areas Of Louisiana Say Aid Is Slow To Arrive

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

In Baton Rouge, the recovery is underway after historic floods devastated the Southern part of the state. But aid is slower to reach more remote, rural areas that were also hit hard by the rains.

The History Of The 'Alt Right'

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump for aligning with the "alt right." David Greene talks to Nicole Hemmer, University of Virginia professor and author of a forthcoming book Messengers of the Right.

Despite Downturn In Oil Prices, Shell Moves Forward With Pa. Ethane Cracker Plant

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

Even in a down time for its oil and gas business, Shell has decided to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker — which makes natural gas into plastics and chemicals — in gas-rich Pennsylvania.

Examining The Effectiveness Of The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

There's a part of trade agreements that deals with how to help people in the U.S. who are harmed when jobs move abroad because of trade. It's called Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Under New Philippine President, Hundreds Have Died In Extrajudicial Killings

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Jose Luis Gascon, chairman of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, about the alleged extrajudicial killings that have happened since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins Show Strain Of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin isn't getting enough sleep. Ann Garrett of the National Marine Fisheries Service explains a proposed rule that's intended to help the dolphins get some sleep.

Police Shooting Victim To Be Buried Friday As Tensions Simmer In Milwaukee

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

The Milwaukee man fatally shot by a police officer two weeks ago will be buried on Friday. The shooting resulted in two days of riots and a 10 p.m. curfew for teens.

After Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

In Rubble Of Quake-Hit Italian Towns, Rescuers Race To Find Survivors

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

Many hill towns in central Italy were reduced to rubble by this week's powerful earthquake. Many devastated communities are difficult to reach, and the exact number of missing persons isn't known.

A Dying Japanese Village Brought Back To Life — By Scarecrows

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:46am

A remote mountain village once was home to hundreds. Now it has just 30 residents. Tskukimi Ayano, 67, is one of the younger ones. She has repopulated the village by making scarecrow-like figures.

At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:45am

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "

Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:45am

The organization is going door to door in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The goal: Reach 25,000 households in six weeks with information about Zika prevention and family planning services.

When The Family Business Is Keeping Cool, It Pays To Be Warm With People

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:43am

More than six decades since Frank Mutz's grandfather started in the air conditioning business, Frank runs the same company with his children. They've also passed down common sense and personal warmth.

America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:42am

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.

Teaching Medical Teamwork Right From The Start

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:42am

Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic are collaborating to better integrate the training of student doctors, dentists, nurses and social workers. One goal: Reduce medical errors.

Domino's Pizza Tests Drone Delivery In New Zealand

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 6:08am

Don't expect the service soon. The head of a drone company told Reuters they have to figure out how to navigate "random hazards like power lines, moving vehicles and children in the backyard playing."

Eureka! Chunk Of Gold Discovered; Fisherman Finds Huge Pearl

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:59am

After digging down just a foot, a modern-day prospector found a 9-pound chunk of gold in Australia. In the Philippines, a fisherman kept secret his 75-pound pearl for 10 years.

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