1:46pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Exercising Even A Little Bit Makes It Easier For Smokers To Quit

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 10:16 am

A competitor stops for a cigarette after he broke down during the Enduropale race at Le Touquet Beach on February 22, 2009 in Le Touquet, France.
Paul Gilham Getty Images

Smoking is bad. Quitting smoking is hard. But exercising can make quitting easier, and make sliding back into smoking less likely.

That's the word from a big new study, which tracked the health and habits of 434,190 people in Taiwan from 1996 to 2008. Smokers who got just 15 minutes of exercise a day were 55 percent more likely to quit than were people who weren't active at all. And those active smokers were 43 percent less likely to relapse when they did quit.

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1:34pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Two-Way

The Pineapple And The Hare: Can You Answer Two Bizarre State Exam Questions?

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 7:09 pm

A story and two questions on the New York state English exam taken by eighth-graders this week has stumped many — including Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings.

The story — titled The Pineapple and the Hare — was included in a New York Daily News story about the consternation the questions have caused.

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1:14pm

Fri April 20, 2012
NPR Story

Untangling The Hairy Physics Of Rapunzel

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:59 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Joining us now is our multimedia editor Flora Lichtman who is - welcome to SCIENCE FRIDAY, of course.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Thanks.

FLATOW: We'll have a backend. We have our Video Pick of the Week today, sort of an oldie goldie, right?

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1:14pm

Fri April 20, 2012
NPR Story

How Movie Makers Use Science To Make Magic

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:58 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. We're here in California, broadcasting from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. And while you might think Silicon Valley or biotech when you think of Northern California, this part of the state is also home to some of the biggest names in the movie business.

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1:14pm

Fri April 20, 2012
NPR Story

Exploring The Deepest, Darkest Spots On Earth

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:50 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. We're here in California, broadcasting from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. And just outside the Golden Gate, of course, is the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest body of water on Earth, and its trenches are also the deepest. You could put Mount Everest into some of them, and the top would not even peek out.

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1:14pm

Fri April 20, 2012
NPR Story

Designing A Bridge For Earthquake Country

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:56 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Where is the safest place to be during an earthquake? Yeah. Here, in San Francisco, everybody is shaking their head.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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12:46pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Middle East

Despite Protests, Bahrain Hosts Grand Prix Race

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:50 pm

The Formula One Grand Prix Race set for Sunday in Bahrain has drawn attention to the island nation that was rocked by protests last year. Demonstrators are being kept away from the racing circuit. Driver Nico Rosberg of the Mercedes team is shown here during a practice session Friday.
Karim Jaafar AFP/Getty Images

A year after an uprising threatened Bahrain's monarchy, the royal family is hosting a Formula One Grand Prix race this Sunday as it attempts to show life has returned to normal.

But racing fans will have to make their way through ranks of police and soldiers who are part of a heavy security presence. And riot police have been using tear gas, stun grenades and birdshot to hold back demonstrations around the capital city, Manama.

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12:06pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Two-Way

ABC News: Photo Shows George Zimmerman Had Bloodied Head

A photograph, ABC News says shows blood on George Zimmerman's head.
ABC News

A photograph published by ABC News this morning shows what the network says is the head of George Zimmerman covered in blood. ABC News says the picture was taken minutes after Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death.

The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, but he has maintained that he shot Martin, who was unarmed and on his way back from buying candy and tea, in self defense.

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11:57am

Fri April 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Presidential candidates skip state GOP dinner

The state Republican Party held it's annual dinner in New York City five days before the state's presidential primary. Only one of the remaining candidates was scheduled to speak at the dinner, and it wasn't Mitt Romney.

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11:55am

Fri April 20, 2012
Barbershop

Shop Talk: Does 'The Bachelor' Discriminate?

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we head into the Barber Shop for our weekly visit. That's where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are freelance journalist Jimi Izrael with us from Cleveland. Civil rights attorney and author Arsalan Iftikhar here in Washington, D.C. From Durham, North Carolina, Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal. And in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eric Deggans, TV critic for the Tampa Bay Times.

Take it, Jimi.

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