2:36pm

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Scientists Discover Details Of 'Kamikaze' Ants

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 7:52 pm

We stumbled upon a tiny report in this week's New Scientist that is so exquisitely gross, we can't help but pass it on.

In a new study published in the journal Acta Zoologica, Johan Billen of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium and his team report on a kind of ant that's especially evolved to kill itself in order to save the nest.

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2:05pm

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Turkey: Israel's Flotilla Raid Was 'Cause For War'

The once friendly relationship between Israel and Turkey has been strained further, as Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his rhetoric today.

According to the AP, Erdogan said Israel's raid on a Turkish flotilla last year was "cause for war," yet Turkey showed "patience" and did not take further action.

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1:58pm

Mon September 12, 2011
Latin America

Cuban Offshore Drilling Plans Raise U.S. Concerns

Employees work on an oil rig operated by Cuba and China in Havana in April. A Chinese-built rig is expected to begin drilling exploratory wells off Cuba's northwest coast as early as November, raising environmental concerns in the U.S.
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An oil rig built by China is now en route to the deep waters off northwest Cuba, where it could begin drilling exploratory wells as soon as November.

Recently, U.S. oil spill experts were in Havana, including the man who co-chaired the investigation into last year's BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. group says long-running American trade sanctions stand in the way of proper spill preparation and a coordinated cleanup if something goes wrong on the wells that are just 60 miles from the Florida Keys.

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1:44pm

Mon September 12, 2011
All Tech Considered

Comcast Offers A Digital Lifeline To The Disconnected

Comcast has started offering Internet access for $9.95 per month for low-income families, in addition to an optional voucher to let families buy a computer for $150.
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Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, has launched a new program aimed at reducing the digital divide, or the gap between high- and low-income communities in Internet accessibility and digital literacy.

The company says low-income families will now be able to get a fast Internet connection for $9.95 per month; the question now is whether the effort can overcome the many barriers that keep the poor from getting online.

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1:15pm

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Chooses Republicans' Words Carefully To Say They're Playing Politics

President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House earlier today (Sept. 12, 2011).
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At the White House today, President Obama criticized what he said is a view among some Republicans that they don't want to work with him on passing a jobs bill — even when many of the things he's proposing are measures they've supported in the past — because it wouldn't be good for the GOP politically:

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1:10pm

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Woodward: It's Clear From His New Book, Cheney Didn't Learn From Iraq

Former Vice President Dick Cheney. (Feb. 10, 2011, file photo.)
Alex Brandon AP

We've been keeping up with reaction to former Vice President Dick Cheney's new memoir, In My Time. In it, the vice president has made some extraordinary claims, including that he was in charge during Sept. 11 and saying that he still supports water boarding as way to get detainees to talk.

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1:00pm

Mon September 12, 2011
Politics

Tea Party Prepares For Televised GOP Debate

In 2010, the Tea Party proved an influential player in American politics, helping Republicans regain a majority in the House. As the organization Tea Party Express co-hosts a GOP debate with CNN Monday, some now wonder if the movement can help a conservative candidate win the White House.

1:00pm

Mon September 12, 2011
Television

Washed-Up Men The Stars Of Fall Sitcom Lineup

A slate of 2011 shows feature men who are unemployed or underemployed and spend lots of time playing video games. These characters aren't necessarily new, but the twist this season is that they are juxtaposed with women who are running laps around them.

1:00pm

Mon September 12, 2011
Law

Will Patent Reform Bill Help Or Hurt Inventors?

Supporters of the America Invents Act say it will streamline the currently backlogged patenting process, spark innovation and create jobs. Critics are concerned the overhaul, if enacted, will unfairly advantage large companies over small inventors.

1:00pm

Mon September 12, 2011
Architecture

Op-Ed: What Makes A Successful Memorial

The Sept. 11 memorial at the World Trade Center opened to the public the day after the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Art historian Simon Schama explores the purpose of public memorials, what makes one successful and what many memorial designers get wrong.

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