2:35pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Choose Health Coverage Like An Economist

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 2:40 pm

Picking an insurance plan can be a little like this.
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If you want to eat well, find out where the chefs go after they clock out.

If you're wondering how to deal with a health problem, ask your doctor what she'd do for her mom.

And if you're puzzling over which insurance plan to pick, take a look at how some health economists size them up.

Clever journalist Dinah Wisenberg Brin got some big names in the world of health economics to reveal details about their insurance status. And you might learn a thing or two from their thinking.

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2:22pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Opinion

For Baseball Fans, May the Force Be With You

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

Baseball's 10th player: you, on your couch, willing a win.
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Hart Seely is the author of The Juju Rules: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed.

Remember that pod on the Death Star, where Darth Vader would go to be alone? Did you ever wonder what he was doing in there?

Well, I have a theory: I think he was watching ballgames.

The new baseball season is here. For me, it means reclaiming the war pod, the living room — or, as I prefer to call it: my personal corporate luxury skybox.

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2:19pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Former CIA Clandestine Chief Describes Waterboarding 9/11 Mastermind

This undated handout photo provided by the CIA shows Jose Rodriguez.
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In an explosive interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, the former chief of the CIA's clandestine service describes waterboarding Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. (A Warning: The interview contains some offensive language.)

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2:02pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Health Care

How Buffett's Cancer Is Shaping National Dialogue

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2:00pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Space

Mining Quarries Millions Of Miles From Earth

A private company has unveiled plans to mine precious metals and water from nearby asteroids. Planetary Resources co-founder Eric Anderson discusses the various stages of the mining process and how the excavated minerals could impact future space exploration and innovation on Earth.

1:47pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Space

An Astronaut Explores NASA's Scientific Frontiers

He's flown the space shuttle five times, and performed eight spacewalks to service the Hubble telescope. Now astronaut and astrophysicist John Grunsfeld heads up NASA's Science Mission Directorate, where he manages scientific investigations on the home planet--and beyond.

1:37pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Asia

Blind Chinese Activist Flees House Arrest

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 4:56 am

Yuan Weijing, the wife of activist Chen Guangcheng, is shown with the couple's daughter in a 2007 interview in Beijing. The girl, now 6, is followed to school every day by Chinese security agents, who always check her schoolbag, according to Chen.
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A blind Chinese activist, one of the country's most prominent, has made an audacious escape from house arrest and is safe from Chinese authorities, according to his supporters.

Yet days after Chen Guangchen fled his home, it's not clear exactly where he is. A diplomatic source indicates that he is inside the U.S. embassy, but this has not been confirmed officially.

Chen has attracted international attention with his efforts to prevent forced illegal abortions in China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken out in support of him.

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1:35pm

Fri April 27, 2012
NPR Story

The Idea Factory: How Bell Labs Created The Future

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 1:52 pm

In The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, Jon Gertner writes of the legendary innovations developed at AT&T's Bell Labs, from lasers and transistors to solar cells and cell phones, and discusses how the lab became a hotbed for new ideas.

1:35pm

Fri April 27, 2012
NPR Story

Designing The Pied Piper Of Fish

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 2:07 pm

Mechanical engineer Maurizio Porfiri, of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, designs robot fish. A few years ago, he found that real fish would mill about his aquatic robot, and now he's trying to understand why. His research suggests that it has less to do with how the robot looks, than how it makes fish feel.

1:35pm

Fri April 27, 2012
NPR Story

A New Stage Play Tackles Athletes And Concussions

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:44 pm

Can the repeated brain injuries suffered by some athletes cause problems with brain function later in life? A new play, Headstrong, opening next week in New York, looks at athletes and head trauma, and the high price some athletes end up paying for playing the game.

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