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Wed July 13, 2011

Arctic Exhibit In Texas Highlights A Lifetime Of Work

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:40 am

Edmund "Ted" Carpenter on a ship from a Greenland expedition in the 1990s.
Adelaide de Menil

While the weather is sultry in Houston, the Menil Collection has a cool exhibit about ancient Arctic cultures.

"Upside Down" is a rare display of artifacts from a place where there is still much to be discovered.

Show Re-Creates Arctic Environment

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Wed July 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Twitter Provides A Trove Of Health Trends

Computer scientists say Twitter can tell us a lot about public health trends.

Humans are innately social creatures, and one need look no further than the Twitter to see how potent the urge to share information is. According to the social networking site, as of the end of June Twitter users from all corners of the earth were sending 200 million tweets per day.

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Wed July 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Many First Responders Still Struggle To Communicate

Firefighters in the nation's capital (shown near the White House in 2004), have some fairly sophisticated communications devices. But those devices use the same commercial networks as D.C.-area residents. In an emergency, those networks can get crowded.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

After Sept. 11, there were widespread reports that public safety agencies responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center had trouble talking to one another. The problem: incompatible radios.

It was a common challenge among public service agencies nationwide. Different first responders had different radios operating on different frequencies. Billions of dollars later, federal, state and local governments have largely solved that challenge.

But many first responders still lack access to the kind of technology that many Americans carry on their waistbands or bags.

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Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Austrian Man Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer In License Photo

Niko Alm's original pictures.
Niko Alm

In Austria one of the strangest fights for religious freedom has come to an end: Niko Alm, a self-described "Pastafarian," fought for three years for the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driver's license photo.

His argument? Alm claimed he belonged to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and wearing the strainer was part of his religion.

The BBC reports:

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Wed July 13, 2011
Science And Medicine

Group Prenatal Care: Finding Strength In Numbers

Midwife Ana Luisa Ralston talks with Rosa Lainez (right), and Andrea Lopez about issues related to their upcoming deliveries during the Group Prenatal Care class at the Upper Cardozo Health Center in Washington. Here, Ralston demonstrates a position to get in during labor.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

The Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C., is in transition. Shiny new condos have sprouted up in recent years, attracting a rush of new restaurants and national retail chains — Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond.

The building boom almost swallows up the pockets of poverty. An austere cement medical building — which predates all the recent gentrification — is one of those pockets.

It's a health center run by Unity Health Care. The majority of patients here are uninsured or receive Medicare, and more than 90 percent live below the poverty line.

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