4:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
Planet Money

Energy Independence Wouldn't Make Gasoline Any Cheaper

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:05 pm

Friedemann Vogel Getty Images

Just about every president since Richard Nixon has set energy independence as a goal, and both major candidates have brought it up the current campaign.

As it turns out, there is a place, not so far from here, that has achieved energy independence: Canada.

Canada produces far more oil than it consumes. They're not dependent on the Middle East! They've got all the oil they need!

I called Stephen Gordon, a professor of economics at Université Laval in Quebec City, to ask him about what energy independence means for his nation.

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4:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
Animals

Hey, Sexy Dino, Show Me Your Feathers

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 8:43 pm

This artistic interpretation shows an adult and juvenile feathered ornithomimid dinosaurs.
Julius Csotonyi Science

Some of the weirdest animal behavior is about romance. That's especially true with birds — they croon or dance or display brilliant feathers to seduce the reluctant.

This sort of sexual display apparently has a long pedigree: There's now new evidence that some dinosaurs may have used the same come-on.

The source is a kind of dinosaur that was built like a 400-pound ostrich. It lived about 75 million years ago and is called ornithomimus, meaning "bird mimic."

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4:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
StoryCorps

After 30 Years Of Surgeries, Doctor And Patient Dance

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:44 am

Marcela Gaviria met Dr. Dempsey Springfield when she was 12, and he performed an operation to save her leg from complications from cancer. Since then, he's performed countless operations on her.
StoryCorps

When Marcela Gaviria was 7 years old, she was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a type of childhood bone cancer. She survived, and the cancer was cured — but it nearly took her leg.

When Gaviria was 12, she needed a bone transplant and met surgeon Dempsey Springfield, who performed the operation.

"I was pretty scared, I remember, and I think I survived a very sort of traumatic moment 'cause you were so kind," Gaviria, now 43, told Springfield at StoryCorps in Boston.

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4:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Do Political Ads Actually Work?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:31 am

Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on television advertising in the presidential race. Most of it is negative, and almost all of it is concentrated in nine battleground states.

If you live in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia or Wisconsin, you cannot get away from the ad blitz being waged by both sides. For the folks who track political advertising at Kantar Media CMAG, these commercials tell a story.

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4:17am

Fri October 26, 2012
How We Watch What We Watch

The Future Of 'Short Attention Span Theater'

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:36 pm

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We've been looking at how technology has totally changed what it means to watch television or a movie. One of the biggest changes has been in demand — people want a baseball game — on their smartphone, wherever they are, right now. They want to pull up a video and stream it — on their laptop or phone, immediately, with no wait.

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4:17am

Fri October 26, 2012
Shots - Health News

President Embraces 'Obamacare'; What Would Romney Do?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 12:22 pm

During a campaign speech at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 18, President Obama once again embraced the term "Obamacare" while discussing the Affordable Care Act.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

It's hard to find an issue on which President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney disagree more than health care.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act is considered President Obama's signature legislative achievement, as well as something Romney has vowed to repeal.

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6:24pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Shots - Health News

Fewer Americans Need Vitamin D Supplements Under New Guidelines

For vitamin D supplements, more isn't necessarily better.
Jimmy Anderson iStockPhoto

Researchers largely agree that about half of Americans are probably not getting enough vitamin D from the places we've traditionally gotten it: food and sunlight. And that's a problem because vitamin D keeps calcium from leaking out of our bones; too little vitamin D can also be a factor in kidney disease and skeletal problems.

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5:55pm

Thu October 25, 2012
All Tech Considered

Can Windows 8 Bridge The Gap Between Tablet And PC?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 9:50 am

The Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is unveiled at a press conference on October 25 in New York City.
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For better or worse, Microsoft has now shown its hand. The company Thursday showed off its new operating system, Windows 8, which will either mark a new era for the software giant in a hyper-competitive market, or spell its downfall.

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5:53pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Environment

In A Shift From 2008 Race, Obama's Hush On Climate

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 5:57 pm

A boat skims through the melting ice in the Ilulissat fiord, on the western coast of Greenland, in 2008. The glacier is the most active in the Northern Hemisphere, producing 10 percent of Greenland's icebergs, or some 20 million tons of ice per day. But experts say the glacier is in bad shape because of climate change.
Steen Ulrik Johannessen AFP/Getty Images

This story is part of a two-part series about the presidential candidates' climate policies. Click Here For The Story About Mitt Romney

Both presidential candidates have all but ignored climate change during this election season. Mitt Romney would not make it a priority if he were president.

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5:52pm

Thu October 25, 2012
U.S.

Assisted Suicide Goes To Vote In Massachusetts

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 5:09 pm

John Kelly and Dr. Marcia Angell are advocates on opposite sides of the issue of physician-assisted suicide.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Two states, Oregon and Washington, have legalized physician-assisted suicide through voter-approved ballot initiatives. Massachusetts will become the third if voters approve the so-called Death With Dignity ballot question. The measure would let terminally ill patients with six months or less to live get a lethal prescription. The outcome of that vote could change the landscape for legalized suicide nationwide.

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