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When Gold Prices Drop, Who Benefits?

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:10am

The price of gold has seen a small increase in the last few days — thanks to jitters over China's currency devaluation. But that bump up is minor compared to the overall drop gold has seen since its 2011 peak. Since then, gold has lost more than 40 percent, about $800 an ounce. The drop has created both winners and losers.

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Decoding Nature: Identifying Sounds A Horned Owl Makes

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:10am

A listener responded to our invitation to send recordings of backyard wildlife with one of these spooky bird sounds. An expert at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology helped solve the mystery.

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Critics Question Monsanto's Plan To Buy Syngenta

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:10am

Monsanto, the world's largest producer of seeds, is trying to swallow up a competitor in pesticide production. The move could lead to fewer choices for farmers and further consolidate the industry.

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Civil Rights Community Mourns Death Of Julian Bond. He was 75

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:10am

One of the most charismatic leaders of the civil rights era has died. Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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'Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:42am

Developers at Akili are working on a game they hope might one day be prescribed to treat mental health conditions like ADHD and depression. But, first, they must get past the FDA.

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To Measure Drought's Reach, Researchers Scale The Mighty Sequoia

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:40am

After a scientist on a hike in Sequoia National Park saw trees with thin and browning leaves, it got scientists thinking: Did the drought cause this? So they're climbing up them to study the damage.

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Epson Printer Promises Freedom From Overpriced Ink Cartridges

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:36am

Renee Montagne talks to Wilson Rothman, of The Wall Street Journal, about his reporting on Epson's new printer, which breaks the current "razor blade" business model of overpriced printer cartridges.

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After Katrina, New Orleans' Public Housing Is A Mix Of Pastel And Promises

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:35am

The city tore down thousands of public housing units and is replacing them with mixed-income developments. The goal is to deconcentrate poverty. But it has been a hard return home for some residents.

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Savy Intern Finds Way To Make Chipotle's Burrito Bigger

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 6:25am

First: order a burrito bowl, not a burrito — and get tortillas on the side. After some more smart choices, the intern went back to the office, weighed ingredients and it was 86 percent bigger.

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GPS Locates True Greenwich Meridian Line

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 6:15am

For years visitors have stood on the stainless steel Greenwich Meridian Line. Scientists say that marking was in the wrong place because distortions caused by gravity weren't taken into account.

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Armed 'Oath Keepers' Celebrate Montana Miners Incremental Victory

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

The group has been guarding miners, who are in a standoff with the owners of the operation. In a win for miners, a U.S. attorney has filed a federal civil suit against the owners of the mine.

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Genetically Modified Yeast Yields Narcotics, Raises Regulation Questions

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

Scientist say they've genetically engineered yeast to make powerful opioid drugs. They did this to make it easier and cheaper to manufacture new pain killers. But the advance is raising concern about home-brewed narcotics.

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Hawkins House Of Burgers Builds Community Spirit In Watts

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

The Hawkins family has been feeding Watts since 1939. Cynthia Hawkins is the third generation to continue the tradition, and in an LA neighborhood that is often referred to as a food desert.

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Toxic Spill Into Colorado's Animas River Disrupts Livelihoods

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

Longtime Animas River guide Alex Mickel tells Renee Montagne that he is watching with worry and disgust as toxic mine sludge pollutes the Colorado river. Mickel and other river guides are idle.

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High-Level U.S. Delegation To Make First Trip To Cuba Since 1961

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

Secretary of State John Kerry makes a historic trip to Cuba on Friday to raise the flag at the U.S. embassy in Havana. Among the guests are former Marines who took down the U.S. flag down in 1961 when the countries broke relations. We examine how much has changed since a thaw in relations.

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China's Currency Devaluation May Make It A World Financial Player

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

China is already an economic force. It's a powerhouse in trade and manufacturing, but it yearns to be more. China's decision to devalue its currency sent financial market around the world tumbling

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HBO To Air Exclusive New Episodes Of 'Sesame Street'

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

The not-for-profit company that produces the children's TV show "Sesame Street" has struck a five-year deal with premium cable channel HBO. Older episodes of the show will still be available on PBS.

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Engineers Make Narcotics With Yeast. Is Home-Brewed Heroin Next?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

The yeast produce only tiny amounts of the drug. But eventually, the technology could lead to better painkillers and other medicines. Drug officials worry the microbes could fall into the wrong hands.

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Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Tells The Epic Story Of Hip-Hop And N.W.A

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:05am

The original members of the hip-hop group N.W.A produced the film, which opens nationwide on Friday.

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At Clinton Event, An Emotional Conversation On Substance Use

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:01am

In New Hampshire this week, Hillary Clinton veered from the stump speech for a somber discussion on substance abuse. Nearly everyone in the room had been affected by drugs.

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