1:14pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Small Shock To The System May Help Brain With Math

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 7:59 am

Ever get stuck on these?
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Stimulating the brain with a very small electrical current through the forehead could boost a student's ability to learn and remember basic mathematics, a provocative experiment suggests.

The work, published online Thursday by the journal Current Biology, could help those who struggle with mental arithmetic. But the study was small and the long-term effect wasn't profound.

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12:40pm

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Denounces 'Cult Of Money'

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:05 pm

Pope Francis adjusts his pellegrina during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has demanded that financial and political leaders reform the global money system to make it more equitable.

"Money has to serve, not to rule!" the pontiff declared.

As The Associated Press writes:

"It's a message Francis delivered on many occasions when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, and it's one that was frequently stressed by retired Pope Benedict XVI.

"Francis, who has made clear the poor are his priority, made the comments as he greeted his first group of new ambassadors accredited to the Holy See."

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12:39pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Parallels

From The Heart Of Egypt's Revolt, The Pulse Of Artistic Life

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:34 pm

Egyptian folk singer Dina El Wedidi performs at Qasr El Nil Theater during the Downtown Cairo Arts Festival. Wedidi says efforts to revitalize venues like the Qasr El Nil are important because there aren't enough places for musicians of the post-revolution explosion to perform.
Mostafa Abdel Aty Courtesy of Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival

Egypt's capital, Cairo, is now synonymous with protests and sometimes violence. Late at night, the once-bustling downtown streets are largely empty these days. People worry about getting mugged or caught up in a mob.

But the recent Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival is an attempt to revitalize the area with music, art and culture in the old and forgotten venues of downtown Cairo, like the Qasr El Nil Theater.

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12:34pm

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Airlines Forecast A Sunnier Summer

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 1:53 pm

More passengers are expected to fly on U.S. airlines this summer, an industry group said Thursday.
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After a long bumpy ride that started five years ago, the domestic airline industry seems to be pulling up and smoothing out.

The number of passengers planning to fly this summer will tick up 1 percent from 2012, climbing back to the highest level since 2008, an industry group said Thursday.

The airlines' profit outlook is also brighter, as jet fuel prices have settled down a bit. Passenger complaints are quieting down, too.

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12:18pm

Thu May 16, 2013
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12:12pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Swell Of Goodwill For First Medicare Chief Confirmed Since 2004

Presenting Marilyn Tavenner, the first official official in charge of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in years.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

When the Senate voted Tuesday to make Marilyn Tavenner the official administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it was the first time the world's greatest deliberative body had approved someone to head the huge health agency since 2004.

That's right, you have to go way back to the Bush administration to find Dr. Mark McClellan, the last person to be officially put in the post.

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11:45am

Thu May 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Google's Privacy Shift Powers New Customized Maps

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 8:15 am

The new Google Maps features tailor-made results based on users' habits and search histories.
Google

This week, Google, already a leader in mapping, created more space between itself and its competitors by more deeply mining the data users provide the company when using its various services.

At the Google developers' conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps, crowed about the company's mapping app for the iPhone — and couldn't quite stop himself from taking a dig at Apple.

"People called it sleek, simple, beautiful, and let's not forget, accurate," he said.

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11:04am

Thu May 16, 2013
Your Money

The Tricky Business Of Retirement: Hidden 401(K) Fees

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A couple generations ago, when older Americans retired they could rely on pension plans to support them. Then, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, many companies switched their retirement plans over to 401(k) accounts. The security of workers' retirement savings suddenly became subject to the vagaries of the stock market.

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11:01am

Thu May 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Bhi Bhiman

Bhi Bhiman

The heart-felt singing we are featuring today belongs to Bhi Bhiman, who has received stellar reviews from The New York Times, Time Magazine, and NPR.  But those are just journalists. More important is what YOU think about him. You can form your own opinion of him when Bhi Bhiman is joined on Saturday, May 18 by two more Crosscurrents favorites, Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux. They’re all performing at St. Cyprian’s Church in San Francisco, as part of the SF Live Arts series. Music begins at 8pm. 

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10:59am

Thu May 16, 2013
U.S.

Managing The $30 Million 'One Fund' To Aid Boston Victims

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Thirty million dollars is a lot of money, but how do you divide it among the families of the three people killed, the dozens maimed, the hundreds who spent time in the hospital, the thousands who witnessed the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month?

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