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4:53pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Technology

Technology Brings Digital Memories To Grave Sites

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A portrait of David Quiring Sr. This is the first image that appears when you scan the QR code at his grave. See his QR website.
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The process of burying the dead hasn't changed much over the centuries, but now their gravestones can provide a digital link to their life stories.

A Seattle-based company is creating burial markers that include a scannable, stamp-like image called a "quick read" — or QR code.

The codes can be placed on tombstones so visitors can learn more about the dearly departed, leave messages for their loved ones, and record stories for others who may visit. And all you need is a smartphone and a free app to make it work.

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3:46pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Children's Health

Lexi's Saga: A Lost Childhood Leaves Emotional Scars

Lexi (middle) with her two younger brothers Jorge (left) and Keegan. Before Lexi and her brother's were adopted, Lexi was their prime caretaker. "I fed them when they were very, very hungry," Lexi says.
Courtesy of Rebecca

Last names and hometown were withheld from this story to protect the family's privacy.

A girl in New Hampshire celebrated her seventh birthday Sunday.

But she's had to spend the first few years of her life acting a lot more like a mother than a little girl.

Before entering the foster care system, she was forced to take care of herself and her two younger brothers. Now, her first instinct is to take care of everybody. It's the impulse that helped her survive.

A Gift That's More Of A Curse

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3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. Coal Companies See Huge Market In China

U.S. coal companies are having a banner year this year. There are a bunch of mergers, new mines and high stock prices. It's a resurgence of 19th-century America. And it's happening thanks to 21st-century China.

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

Suspenseful Tournament: Eliminations Surprise French Open Spectators

A series of upsets has eliminated the top three women players before the quarter-finals for the first time ever at the French Open. But on the men's side, the top players are all still in: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Doug Robson of USA Today tells Melissa Block the latest.

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Technology

IPhone Application Brings National Mall To Life

If you're spending Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., a new iPhone app can help you experience the National Mall in a whole new way. The D.C.-based music duo Bluebrain composed the National Mall application that keeps track of where you are, whether it's the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Memorial.

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