11:58am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Endeavour Astronaut Weighs In As Atlantis Gets Set

The crew was strapped in for the final launch of space shuttle Atlantis, set to blast off at 11:26 ET on a 12-day mission that will end NASA's shuttle program. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk with NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce, who has a view of the launchpad and an eye on the sky at Kennedy Space Center. She gets a visit from astronaut Mike Fink, who flew on the shuttle Endeavour's final mission just last month. The hosts also check in with NPR's Greg Allen, who's among the thousands gathered on Florida's Space Coast to watch the final launch.

11:37am

Fri July 8, 2011
Solar manufacturing

Growth for Abound Solar Heats Up in Colorado and Midwest

Mike Weston Flickr

A Colorado company that makes solar panels says its plans to start production at an Indiana facility are on track.  And Abound Solar is expanding its capacity within Colorado too.

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11:35am

Fri July 8, 2011
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Inspiration Gap And The Shuttle's Last Launch

The Rotating Service Structure (L) swings back to reveal the space shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 7, 2011. The U.S. space program has served as a source of inspiration to generations of Americans.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Back in 1972 the library in my hometown wasn't very big. But its size didn't matter much to my 10-year-old sensibilities. That was the year I discovered their collection on the U.S. space program. Those few books where big enough to help change my life.

I spent the whole summer poring over images taken by NASA astronauts and space probes. I decided one day, no matter what, I was going to be a scientist too.

That experience turns out to be almost universal for the last three generations of U.S. scientists.

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11:15am

Fri July 8, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama On Job News: 'We Still Have A Big Hole To Fill'

Reacting to this morning's news of weak job growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate, President Obama just said that the report "confirms what most Americans already know — we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to give people the security they deserve."

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11:13am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama On Job News: 'We Still Have A Big Hole To Fill'

Reacting to this morning's news of weak job growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate, President Obama just said that the report "confirms what most Americans already know — we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to give people the security they deserve."

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11:10am

Fri July 8, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: News' Top 'Journalism' Moments

Various front pages of London newspapers report on the closing of the national tabloid newspaper News of The World in London, England.
Stewart Stanley Getty Images

Robert Zeliger is an editor for Foreign Policy.

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10:38am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Report Dampens Hope For Near-Term Jobs Growth

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 11:26 am

NPR

If employment is going to improve in the second half of the year, as many economists had forecast, there was no hint of it when the Labor Department released June's employment report Friday.

"It's a very discouraging report. It's much worse than expected and it's really hard to see any silver lining," said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight.

The department said hiring last month nearly ground to a halt, slowing to a pace not seen in nine months. The unemployment rate pushed up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May.

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10:20am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

As U.K.'s Hacking Scandal Widens, Some Advice About Passwords

If her password's too easy to remember, it also might be too easy for someone else to figure out.
Edward J Bock III iStockphoto.com

As was expected, "Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief and a former royals reporter for the News of the World tabloid were arrested Friday, the latest to be swept up by Britain's rapidly evolving media scandal over phone hacking and bribing police," The Associated Press writes.

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9:53am

Fri July 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Botulism Strikes Two Who Tasted Spoiled Potato Soup

If your potato soup came from a bulging, unrefrigerated container, don't even taste it.
Stephanie Frey iStockphoto.com

If you absolutely must have some botulism toxin in your body, please make sure it's put there by a health professional to smooth wrinkles or for some other medical purpose.

Eating the stuff could land you in the hospital — or worse.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week, two unfortunate people who took small tastes of spoiled potato soup came down with botulism.

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9:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Asks Again: 'Where Are The Jobs?'

This morning's word that just 18,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May has opened the door for more questions from Republicans about the effectiveness of Democratic President Obama's attempts to boost the economy.

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