"There's nothing like a Nobel Peace Prize to focus the world's attention on human-rights abuses.
"China's authoritarian government did not allow this year's laureate, writer and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, to leave prison and travel to Oslo to collect his prize Friday. Instead, an empty chair at the ceremony in Norway will represent the 54-year-old Liu."
If you want to eat less, first imagine eating a lot.
The notion may be counterintuitive, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that imagining what we eat before we take the first bite may help us feel less interested in really chowing down.
To tease out the effect, psychologist Carey Morewedge and his colleagues recruited about 400 volunteers to try a series of "imagination" tasks.
President Barack Obama told NPR's Steve Inskeep yesterday that "simplifying the (tax) system, hopefully lowering rates, broadening the base -- that's something that I think most economists think would help us propel economic growth."
This winter, team snowball fighting comes to Anchorage, Alaska. Each team has seven players -- with helmets and face guards -- 270 machine-made snowballs and 9-minute periods to hurl them. The object is to capture the other team's flag while dodging snowballs.
Police in Germany were questioning a drug suspect when they noticed his Christmas tree. It was a 7-foot-tall marijuana plant, decorated with lights.The man told officers he had planned to decorate it with ornaments and spread presents underneath it, he said, "according to tradition."
President Obama spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about efforts to get Democrats to support the tax-cut deal, improving the economy, simplifying the tax code and ratifying a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. A transcript of the interview follows: