12:01am

Mon February 13, 2012
All Tech Considered

Apps For Apnea? New Gadgets Promise To Improve Sleep

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 8:00 am

Jealous? If you have trouble sleeping, several new apps and devices promise to help you figure out why. In this photo from January, Huan Huan, a female giant panda, sleeps in a zoo in Beauval, France.
Franck Prevel Getty Images

Technology is sometimes blamed for keeping us awake at night. The thinking is that devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets may have made entertainment TOO portable, putting games, videos and the Internet close at hand in the bedroom. But a batch of new apps and gadgets tries to push the pendulum the other way, by helping you improve the quality of your sleep.

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12:01am

Mon February 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Care In Massachusetts: 'Abject Failure' Or Work In Progress?

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 8:28 am

Voters are hearing a lot about health care this year. Republicans want to make the 2012 elections a referendum on the health care law that President Obama signed two years ago.

That law was largely based on one that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law nearly six years ago in Massachusetts.

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12:01am

Mon February 13, 2012
Asia

Hopes, Fears Surround China's Transition Of Power

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 7:27 pm

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (right) and Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (center) chat with Li Changchun of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee after the party's 90th anniversary celebration in Beijing in July. Xi and Li Keqiang, members of a new generation of Chinese leaders, are expected to nab the top spots in an upcoming transition of power.
Feng Li Getty Images

First of three parts

China's leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, is due to arrive in the U.S. shortly, providing the first glimpse of the next generation to lead the world's second-largest economy. This once-in-a-decade transition of power, which begins this fall, is rife with unpredictability, particularly as an unfolding political scandal grips China.

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6:11pm

Sun February 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Greek Parliament Approves Austerity Bill

The Associated Press is reporting that the Greek Parliament has approved a crucial austerity and debt-relief bill to keep the country out of bankruptcy and remain a part of the eurozone.

From the AP:

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5:34pm

Sun February 12, 2012
Politics

Strong In 2010, Where Is The Tea Party Now?

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 8:09 am

Tea Party activist William Temple waits for Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to deliver a speech titled, Is America Still an Exceptional Nation? during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

In 2009, Tea Party rallies raged in cities across the country. The movement put its stamp on the 2010 midterm elections when the Republicans retook the House of Representatives.

So far, throughout the GOP primary contest, every major candidate at some point has tried to frame himself or herself as the Tea Party's standard-bearer, but what's most striking about the movement this election has been its notable absence.

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3:59pm

Sun February 12, 2012
Author Interviews

When The Bankers Plotted To Overthrow FDR

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 8:08 am

The Plots Against the President

It was a dangerous time in America: The economy was staggering, unemployment was rampant and a banking crisis threatened the entire monetary system.

The newly elected president pursued an ambitious legislative program aimed at easing some of the troubles. But he faced vitriolic opposition from both sides of the political spectrum.

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3:51pm

Sun February 12, 2012
Science

Virtual Penguins A Prescription For Pain?

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 3:44 pm

Snow World was designed specifically with burn patients in mind-- its icy river and comical snowmen are the furthest thing imaginable from fire.
Ari Hollander Hunter Hoffman

For troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, the deepest physical pain often comes much later — weeks, or even months, after the incident. That was the case for Sam Brown, whose story appears in this month's GQ magazine.

Brown graduated from West Point in 2006. In the late summer of 2008, he was deployed to southern Afghanistan to lead a platoon. He did security for base construction and made sure the local villagers had enough food, water, and medicine.

It was hot, often mind-numbingly dull, and dusty.

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3:00pm

Sun February 12, 2012
Latin America

American's Arrest In Cuba Could Have Impact

A U.S. contractor working to provide Internet service to Cuba's small Jewish community was charged with spying and sentenced to 15 years in a Cuban prison. Alan Gross was reportedly working for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

12:51pm

Sun February 12, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

From Hyperpianos To Harmonious Handel: New Classical Albums

Lisa Smirnova studied Handel's suites for five years before recording them.
ECM

What's the saying — the more things change, the more they stay the same? It seems that's how it goes in the ways we make music. MIT futurologist Tod Machover rethinks traditional instruments, coming up with new things like the hyperpiano; Pianist Michael Chertock gives it a go in an explosive excerpt below.

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8:09am

Sun February 12, 2012
Music

Whitney Houston, A 'Perfect Instrument,' Dies

Originally published on Sun February 12, 2012 5:52 pm

Pop diva Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards.
Getty Images

On the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, the conversation was all about Whitney Houston. The 48-year-old pop diva was discovered dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Saturday afternoon. The cause of her death was under investigation.

Houston died alone in the same hotel that was the venue for a party she had often entered in triumph: the annual pre-Grammy Awards bash given by her mentor, recording impresario Clive Davis.

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