5:11pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Movie Interviews

Digital Domain Grapples With Fur, Feathers

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 5:42 pm

Gesundheit: Kichaa is the name of one of the animated characters causing consternation among the animators at Digital Domain. He's featured in the upcoming film The Legend of Tembo.
Digital Domain

You may not have heard of the special-effects studio Digital Domain, but you've probably seen their work. They sank the Titanic for James Cameron; they aged Brad Pitt backward in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Most recently, their virtual likeness of the late Tupac Shakur performed in concert.

Having worked those wonders, they're tackling thornier challenges: fur and feathers.

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5:11pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Science

State awards $2.4 million for stem cell research center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson unveils the new Stem Cell Research Center.
Marie Cusick WMHT

Officials from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) cut the ribbon today on a brand new Stem Cell Research Center.

It's paid for through a $2.45 million grant from the New York State Stem Cell Science Program (NYSTEM) - a state agency dedicated to funding this kind of research.

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5:03pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Business

The Downside To Owning Your Own Island

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:41 pm

It's great to have your own private island like this one in the Caribbean, unless there's a hurricane bearing down.
Christian Wheatley iStockphoto.com

Who hasn't dreamed of having their own coral-fringed island, lounging on its sandy beach, coconut daiquiri in hand?

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4:57pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Politics

Candidate Accidentally Uploads Four Reaction Videos

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:11 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Call it being prepared. Call it a blunder. Whatever you call it, a dirty little campaign secret is out. Politicians sometimes pre-tape supposedly instant responses.

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4:51pm

Fri June 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Germany Knocks Greece Out Of Euro Championship

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:11 pm

Germany scored three goals in the second half to knock Greece out of the European Championship, today.

As we reported, it was a match dubbed the "debt derby," because it pitted the Eurozone's weakest economy with its paymaster.

The AP adds:

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4:39pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Drug-Resistant Germ In Rhode Island Hospital Raises Worries

Pretty to look at, almost, but Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria these are a common cause of infections in hospitals.
CDC

A highly resistant form of a common bacterium recently popped up in two Rhode Island patients, only the 12th and 13th times it has been spotted in this country.

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4:38pm

Fri June 22, 2012
NPR Story

Veracruz Is Mexico's Most Dangerous Place To Report

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:16 pm

The tourism website Mexconnect, claims that "The Mexican State of Veracruz brings to mind beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters, steamy jungles and mouth-watering seafood." If you read the news, it may bring to mind a turf war waged by three drug cartels, and a heap of mutilated bodies.

4:38pm

Fri June 22, 2012
NPR Story

NBA Finals Broadcasts The Highest-Rated In Years

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:15 pm

Superstar LeBron James finally has his NBA championship. The Miami Heat wrapped up the title Thursday night with a series clinching rout over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the one of the highest rated finals in years. Robert Siegel talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the NBA's new glory era and why this year's Olympic Dream Team may be the last one you'll ever see.

4:18pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Business

A Week Of Near-Calamities Erodes Confidence

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:24 pm

Vanessa Loren shops in Miami. An index of consumer sentiment dropped more than expected in June.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

When Moody's downgraded the credit ratings of most major U.S. banks on Thursday, you'd have thought Friday would be a tough day for bank stocks.

But bank stocks ticked up — largely because investors were relieved. They had feared the downgrades would be worse. The Dow Jones industrial average was recovering from Thursday's 250-point drop, the second-worst of the year.

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4:05pm

Fri June 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Annan Says Iran Should Be Consulted In International Plan For Syria

Arab League and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, listens to journalists' questions during a press conference on Friday.
Sebastien Bozon AFP/Getty Images

Kofi Annan is trying to rally the international community to bring the violence in Syria to an end. Annan even suggested that Iran should be consulted, an idea the United States doubts.

NPR's Michele Kelemen filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The joint UN and Arab league envoy, Kofi Annan, is trying to convene a meeting next weekend in Geneva. He told reporters there it is time for countries with influence to increase the pressure on the parties in Syria to stop the killing and start talking.

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