3:52pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Opinion

Drafting My Fantasy Picks & Tackling Nobel Trends

The statue of Alfred Nobel resides at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The 2011 Nobel Prize for Medicine, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, opened a week of Nobel honors.

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Commentator Dennis O'Toole is a writer and improv performer from Chicago.

Today, Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam G. Riess won the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that expansion in the universe is speeding up. That's great news for me, since I had Riess and Perlmutter in my fantasy league.

Honestly, I could have gotten Schmidt too, but I drafted Nathan Seiberg, mainly because he's worked with both supersymmetric gauge theories and with discrete light-cone quantization. That was a hedge.

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3:43pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Post Revolution, Libyan Women Seek Expanded Roles

In Tripoli, Libya, women celebrate the revolution against Moammar Gadhafi's regime and call for a strengthening of women's rights, Sept. 2. After playing large but largely unsung roles during the uprising, women are now seeking a greater political role.

Alexandre Meneghini AP

One recent day in Tripoli, hundreds of people strolled through a charity fundraiser organized by the women in Libya's capital city.

Ladies sold baked goods and handicrafts in rows of stalls. For the kids, there was a moon bounce and face painting. There was even a rock band that could use some practice.

It was a lot like charity bazaars in towns across the U.S., with a couple of notable exceptions: most of the women wore headscarves and among the more popular items for sale were hand-knitted versions of the Libyan flag.

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3:33pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Surprise In Your Sewage: Lots Of Exotic Viruses

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 10:03 am

You think your job is tough? Some scientists examined sewage from Pittsburgh, Barcelona and Addis Ababa in a hunt for unknown viruses.

They found scads. How many? At least 43,381.

To put that number into perspective, consider that up to now scientists have charted only about 3,000 viruses. And among the known viruses found in the sewage samples, only 17 were bugs that cause human disease — things like the common cold virus, diarrhea-causing Norwalk virus and human papilloma virus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer and genital warts.

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3:11pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Monkey See

Apple Announces A New Phone And Voice Recognition, But Not The iPhone 5

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 6:01 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the event introducing the new iPhone.

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Today was widely expected to bring the announcement of the iPhone 5 — maybe with a bigger screen, a different home button, or a differently shaped case — at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California.

It didn't.

That's not to say Apple didn't say anything of note at its rather lengthy presentation. Not at all. But the big game-changing piece of new hardware didn't come to pass. Aficionados waited, wondering and chattering on liveblogs and on Twitter to see if it would come at the end in Apple's traditional "one more thing" fashion.

It didn't.

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3:05pm

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Beware The Bear Market? Here's Why Not To

With the Dow Jones industrial average and other market indexes around 20 percent below their recent peaks, the very definition of a "bear market," there's understandably a fair amount of concern among investors and everyone else who watches the economic indicators.

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2:43pm

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Apple Unveils New iPhone 4S, With Voice 'Assistant' And Better Camera

Apple Inc. has unveiled the company's updated version of the iPhone 4, called the iPhone 4S. The phone, which will be launched on Oct. 14, is very similar to the iPhone 4's styling. But it features all-new hardware inside, according to Apple.

With an improved battery and software, the phone allows six hours of browsing on a 3G network, and nine hours of Wi-Fi browsing, according to Apple. And the phone also has an 8 megapixel camera with an improved sensor. The camera will reportedly allow for HD video recording in 1080p resolution, with image stabilization.

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2:22pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Books

Jacques Pepin Selects His 'Essential' Favorites

Chef Jacques Pepin was inducted into the French Legion of Honor, his home country's highest civilian honor.

International Culinary Center

In the U.S., he's beloved for his PBS programs. But chef Jacques Pepin apprenticed in the Grand Hotel de L'Europe at 13, was personal chef for three French heads of state, and cooked at New York City's Le Pavillon.

In Essential Pepin, he culls his favorite dishes from six decades in the kitchen.

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2:03pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Drunken Driving Declines But Rates Remain 'Unacceptable'

Last year Americans hit the road 112 million times after drinking too much.

That statistic, just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is nothing to be proud about. But it's worth noting that the number of alcohol-impaired driving episodes has declined 30 percent since peaking at 161 million in 2006.

Some 4 million adults in the U.S. drove while impaired by alcohol last year, the CDC estimates. That works out to about 479 episodes for every 1,000 adults.

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1:00pm

Tue October 4, 2011
NPR Story

Letters: The Political Left And Driving Cabs

Host Neal Conan reads listener comments on previous Talk of the Nation show topics including the whereabouts of the political left, the reality of life as a fashion model, and what taxi drivers learn about human nature while on the job.

1:00pm

Tue October 4, 2011
NPR Story

Christie 'Earnestly Considers' Run, And Declines

For weeks, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fueled speculation that he would run for the GOP nomination for president. He hosted fundraisers and traveled the country speaking with supporters. In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Christie announced, finally, he will not run.

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