The last assets of Nortel Networks, the former high-tech giant, are to be auctioned Monday, as it sells off more than 6,000 patents. The bankrupt Canadian company was once a leader in research and development in the telecom industry.
Google has already aired a $900 million bid for the U.S. and international patents, which focus on mobile video and wireless networks, as well as Internet search. With the starting bid that high, it's likely the final price could easily top $1 billion.
Many of the women in the community called "The 25th of June" began childbearing as teenagers in Mozambique. They all say that soon after their first periods, they took part in an initiation ritual called <em>okanone</em> that taught them about sex.
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Community health volunteer Paulina Francisco (left), pays a visit to mother Belita, who gave birth to a baby girl at home in her mud hut just two days earlier. More than half of all births in rural Mozambique still take place in homes, not in health facilities. Francisco urged the family to take the newborn baby to a clinic in the next couple of days for vaccinations.
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Nurse Laura Simbini is one of about 60 nurses in Mozambique trained in emergency obstetric surgery, including Caesarean sections and hysterectomies. The training of nurses and technicians in surgery is part of the government's efforts to address the severe shortage of doctors in the country.
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As part of "Beginnings," a summer-long series on All Things Considered, Melissa Block traveled to Mozambique to explore maternal health. This is the first of three reports.
In Mozambique in southeastern Africa, the rates of maternal and infant mortality are among the highest in the world.
In her lifetime, a Mozambican woman has a 1 in 37 chance of dying during pregnancy or within a short time after a pregnancy has ended. One in 10 children won't live past their first year. One in 7 die before they reach the age of 5.
Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, riding a wave of Tea Party excitement over her strong showing in a new Iowa caucus poll and a round of national media appearances, has conspicuously altered the early race for the GOP nomination.
Just ask the Minnesota congresswoman's home state rival for the GOP crown, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who, despite dogged organizing in Iowa and efforts to improve his own national profile, has so far failed to find a receptive audience.
Sort your laundry into whites and darks? "That's racist," quips one character on <em>Parks and Recreation.</em>
All of the musicians in the hip-hop band Das Racist are men of color. The name "was like an inside joke that was floating around," they explain. "It was a cool way to undermine sadness about race."
My editor proposed this story about "that's racist" after hearing her young son's friends using it as a joke. Just the night before, it had been a punchline on one of my favorite sitcoms, Parks And Recreation. (Someone calls sorting laundry into whites and darks racist.)