1:27pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Space

Origin Of 'Mercury' Meteorite Still Puzzles Scientists

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 5:18 am

Several fragments of this unusual rock were discovered last year in Morocco. It's been hailed as the first meteorite from the planet Mercury, but where it came from in the solar system isn't certain.
Stefan Ralew

A strange green rock discovered in Morocco last year was hailed by the press as the first meteorite from Mercury. But scientists who've been puzzling over the stone ever since say the accumulating evidence may point in a different direction. Maybe, just maybe, they say, the 4.56-billion-year-old rock fell to Earth from the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter.

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1:18pm

Thu April 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Mile-High Hack: An App That Could Remotely Hijack Planes

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 8:28 am

A German IT consultant's proof-of-concept software raises questions about efforts to secure global flight systems.
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The Federal Aviation Administration continues work on its multibillion-dollar upgrade to the nation's air traffic control system, but it may not be enough to stop hackers from taking control of airplanes with a smartphone.

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1:17pm

Thu April 11, 2013
The Salt

A Legal Twist In The Effort To Ban Cameras From Livestock Plants

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 1:38 pm

Cows wait to be milked at a California dairy farm.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For years, undercover videos documenting animal cruelty at farms and slaughterhouses have cast the nation's meat and dairy farmers in a grim light.

In response, the livestock industry supported legislative efforts in multiple states designed to keep cameras from recording without permission in livestock plants. The Salt reported on these efforts, which activists call "ag gag" bills, last year.

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1:11pm

Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Price Tag On Cyprus Bailout Goes Up

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 3:08 pm

It's going to cost more to bail out Cyprus than originally projected, with officials now saying the cost will be $30 billion instead of the original estimate of $23 billion.

"It's a fact the memorandum of November talked about 17.5 billion [euros] in financing needs. And it has emerged this figure has become 23 billion [euros]," government spokesman Christos Stylianides was quoted by the BBC as saying on Thursday.

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1:08pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Turning a healthy corner in the Bayview

Fresh produce at Ford's Grocery
SEFA

San Francisco is known as a Mecca for conscious foodies – with organic farmers markets, gourmet food trucks, and six Whole Foods supermarkets within the seven-by-seven square-mile city limits. But this abundance doesn’t reach everyone. In a lot of low-income areas, it can be difficult to find fresh and healthy food.

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12:41pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Asia

A Symbol Of Korean Cooperation Becomes A Political Casualty

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:33 pm

A South Korean soldier patrols as vehicles returning from the jointly run Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea arrive at a checkpoint in Paju, north of Seoul, on April 6.
Lee Jae-Won Reuters/Landov

This week, North Korea closed off the last avenue of economic cooperation with its rival, South Korea. Pyongyang says the closing of Kaesong — a joint North-South industrial complex — is temporary.

But the move is a big symbolic blow on the Korean peninsula and a potential disaster for some of the South Korean businesses that have invested there.

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12:35pm

Thu April 11, 2013
It's All Politics

On Message: Who Wants To Cut Social Security?

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 1:09 pm

A sign outside the White House on Tuesday protests part of President Obama's proposed federal budget.
Kevin G. Hall MCT/Landov

The president's $3.77 trillion fiscal 2014 budget plan is expansive. But the part getting the most attention is his proposal to change the way the government calculates inflation using a measure known in economics-speak as chained CPI.

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12:30pm

Thu April 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Notes On A Sex Scandal: Rebounding From Disgrace

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 3:26 pm

Mayor Weiner? Anthony Weiner, pictured in May 2011 addressing his sexting scandal, says he is considering a run to succeed Michael Bloomberg in New York City.
Alex Wong Getty Images

It's comeback season for public figures who have been disgraced by their own sex lives.

Former South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, who received national attention after leaving the country to pursue an extramarital affair five years ago, is favored to win a May 7 special House election. He won Speaker John Boehner's endorsement this week.

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12:28pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Book Reviews

Beauty Marks: Patricia Volk's Lessons In Womanhood

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 9:12 am

Patricia Volk is an essayist, novelist and memoirist. She grew up in a restaurant-owning family in New York City.
Random House

I've loved Patricia Volk's writing ever since I read her evocative 2002 memoir, Stuffed, which told the story of her grandfather — who introduced pastrami to America — as well as the rest of her family, who fed New Yorkers for more than 100 years in their various restaurants. Stuffed, like the best food memoirs, served up so much more on its plate than just a bagel and a schmear. So when I picked up Volk's new memoir, Shocked, my appetite was already whetted for the humor of her writing, its emotional complexity and smarts.

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12:28pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Author Interviews

Living With Chronic Pain 'In The Kingdom Of The Sick'

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Laurie Edwards has a chronic respiratory disease so rare that she's met only one other person who has it — and that was through the Internet. In and out of hospitals her entire life, Edwards, now 32, wasn't accurately diagnosed until she was 23. Before they correctly identified her condition — primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), which is similar in some ways to cystic fibrosis — doctors thought she might be an atypical asthma patient, that she wasn't taking her medications correctly, or that her symptoms were perhaps brought on by stress.

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