Shots - Health Blog
10:01 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Wanted: Specially Designed Tools For Pediatric Surgery

Surgeons often need specially designed tools to operate on small children.
istockphoto.com

One tool doesn't fit all when it comes to surgery.

Pediatric surgeons know this all too well when it's time to operate on a baby. Some infants are born prematurely. Others have congenital defects — some part of their internal anatomy that just didn't develop the way it was supposed to.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:01 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Does Tylenol Worsen Asthma For Kids?

Dr. John McBride examines 9-month-old Martez after his mother, Ceasha Moorer, brought him in to check on his asthma.
Courtesy of Karen Schaefer

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 3:50 pm

Parents and doctors around the world have been alarmed by the dramatic increase in childhood asthma.

One factor in the upswing is better detection by doctors, but at least one doctor thinks a common over-the-counter drug also has something to do with it.

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U.S.
10:01 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Pounding Pavement In Search Of A Smoother Drive

The University of California Pavement Research Center in Davis works on creating longer lasting, quieter and more fuel-efficient pavement. Above, samples of asphalt being tested at the center.
Lauren Sommer KQED

A sweeping transportation bill being debated in Congress addresses how to prop up dwindling funds for the nation's aging highways. States with their own budget shortfalls are facing the same challenge. In California, researchers are trying to stretch those resources by developing next-generation pavements that are quieter and more fuel-efficient to drive on.

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Europe
10:01 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Signs Of A Media Crackdown Emerge In Russia

Alexei Venediktov, then editor-in-chief of Moscow Echo radio station, talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during an awards ceremony in Moscow, Jan. 13. Venediktov's ouster this month is seen as a sign that the Russian government may be cracking down on the independent media.
Yana Lapikova AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 20, 2012 4:56 am

With less than two weeks to go before Russia's presidential elections, the country's independent journalists are in a state of anxiety. Government-run media seem more open than ever to divergent viewpoints — but officials may be cracking down on independent outlets that go too far.

Two incidents last week suggest that the Russian government is prepared to lean on journalists — both domestic and foreign.

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Monkey See
10:01 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

'Awake': Can A Risky New Drama Break A Streak Of Bad Luck?

Jason Isaacs as Michael Britten in NBC's Awake, from writer Kyle Killen.
Lewis Jacobs NBC

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 7:16 am

This piece was not my idea. It was Linda Holmes'. If you're reading this blog, you probably share my regard for her take on popular culture. So my ears pricked up when she suggested I look into doing a radio piece on Kyle Killen.

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The Record
7:44 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Musicians And Their Masks

The British producer SBTRKT wears one of his many the African-inspired masks.
Dan Wilton courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:01 am

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The Picture Show
7:44 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Portraits Of A Daughter On 'Magic Road'

Toyokazu Nagano's portraits of his daughter, Kanna, have become a small Flickr sensation.
Toyokazu Nagano Flickr

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:05 am

Toyokazu Nagano has become a bit of a Flickr star. Or, rather, his daughter has. His ongoing series of portraits has appeared on Life magazine's Tumblr feed, and we just had to know more about his charismatic daughter, Kanna.

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:43 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

The Man/Machine That Makes The Tesla Coil Sing

The Tesla coil turns high voltage into music.
Will Hermes Freelance

Originally published on Sat February 18, 2012 7:00 am

There were so many amazing moments during Bjork's performance of Biophilia at the New York Hall of Science this week: the four pendulum harps that made music, the dome-shaped wok-looking instrument that played beautiful bell-like sounds when struck.

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In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:42 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Speedskater Nick Pearson Plays Not My Job

Matthew Stockman Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 3:35 pm

It's been 10 years since Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics, and the city remains a mecca for winter sports, especially for speedskating. Two-time Olympian speedskater Nick Pearson came to Salt Lake to train and compete in the 2002 Olympics and never left.

We've invited Nick to play a game called "Whoaaa ... slow down there, friend." Three questions about things that go very, very slowly for a person who likes to go dangerously fast.

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