2:12am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Salt

A Daily Habit Of Green Tea Or Coffee Cuts Stroke Risk

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 12:58 pm

Japanese women drink green tea during an outdoor tea ceremony in Kobe, Japan. Making the brew a daily habit may be protective against stroke.
Buddhika Weerasinghe Getty Images

Whether it's green tea that warms you up, or coffee that gives you that morning lift, a new study finds both can help cut the risk of suffering a stroke.

The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, included 82,369 men and women in Japan.

Researchers found that the more green tea a person drank, the more it reduced the risk of suffering a stroke.

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2:12am

Fri March 15, 2013
Energy

Could Tapping Undersea Methane Lead To A New Gas Boom?

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:38 am

This photo from a Kyodo News helicopter shows a flame of natural gas from a Japanese deep-sea drilling ship on Tuesday. This successful extraction of methane from the seafloor was a world first.
Kyodo Landov

The new boom in natural gas from shale has changed the energy economy of the United States. But there's another giant reservoir of natural gas that lies under the ocean floor that, theoretically, could dwarf the shale boom.

No one had tapped this gas from the seabed until this week, when Japanese engineers pulled some up through a well from under the Pacific. The gas at issue here is called methane hydrate. Methane is natural gas; hydrate means there's water in it. In this case, the molecules of gas are trapped inside a sort of cage of water molecules.

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2:12am

Fri March 15, 2013
National Security

Is All The Talk About Cyberwarfare Just Hype?

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:00 am

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says the danger of a devastating cyberattack is the No. 1 threat facing the U.S. He made the assessment Tuesday on Capitol Hill before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats.
Susan Walsh AP

U.S. government pronouncements about the danger of a major cyberattack can be confusing. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, and the head of the U.S. military's Cyber Command, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, delivered mixed messages this week while testifying on Capitol Hill.

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2:09am

Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

Tablet Games Go To The Cats

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 4:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Touch-screen devices have opened up video gaming to a whole new demographic: cats. Our last word in business today is: swipe this.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The laser pointer, obviously, is so last century.

Cat-food company Friskies has already made a few tablet games designed specifically for cats to play.

INSKEEP: Yeah, you put your paw right there on the screen.

MONTAGNE: Doesn't it hurt the screen?

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2:09am

Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

Chavez Faithful Look For A Way To Keep His Memory Alive

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 4:01 am

Ten days after his death, Hugo Chavez's remains are being moved to a museum after being on display at a military academy. The government has been debating what to do with the body long term. His political heirs simply say they want to keep his memory and image alive.

2:09am

Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

JPMorgan In Hot Seat Over London Whale Losses

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 2:12 am

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12:21am

Fri March 15, 2013

7:14pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Arts & Culture

Summoning ghosts at the Oakland Museum

Hung Liu, 'Going Away, Coming Home'
Photo by Frederic Larson, courtesy Port of Oakland

If you’ve traveled out of Oakland airport, you’ve probably seen a beautiful piece of artwork – graceful, long-legged cranes painted on the windows in Terminal 2. It’s called “Going Away, Coming Home.” It’s a piece about being of and from two places at once, about the in-between existence we inhabit in transit. By looking at it, you’d probably never imagine that the artist once risked her life to make paintings like this.

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6:18pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 14, 2013

CCSF students, teachers, and staff rally to keep the school's accreditation; a conversation with Noah Arroyo of SF Public Press on Earthquake preparedness; Summoning ghosts at the Oakland Museum; and the solution to this week's Audiograph!

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5:59pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Jazz, windmills, and ghosts

SoMa StrEat Food Park

Arts/Culture/Weekend is a roundup of our favorite events coming up around the Bay Area. Please do let us know if you have an event coming up in your neighborhood, and we'll try to include it.

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