Wed October 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Fun With Physics: How To Make Tiny Medicine Nanoballs

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 6:20 am

Álvaro Marín

For the past decade, scientists have been toying with the notion of encapsulating medicine in microscopic balls.

These so-called nanospheres could travel inside the body to hard-to-reach places, like the brain or the inside of a tumor. One problem researchers face is how to build these nanospheres, because you'd have to make them out of even smaller nanoparticles.

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Wed October 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Colorado Students Look To Vote For 'A Better Future'

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 5:16 pm

A student walks through the quad at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

For our series First and Main, Morning Edition is traveling to contested counties in swing states to find out what is shaping voters' decisions this election season. The latest trip took us to Larimer County, Colo.

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Wed October 10, 2012
Author Interviews

Virgin's Richard Branson Bares His Business 'Secrets'

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 5:53 am

Richard Branson is the founder and chairman of Virgin Group.
Paul Morigi Invision/AP

Richard Branson is not your average entrepreneur. He dropped out of school at 15 and, despite suffering from dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, went on to found Virgin Group, a business empire that includes airlines, cellphone companies, banks, hotels, health clubs and even a space travel business.

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Wed October 10, 2012

Justices Return To Affirmative Action In Higher Ed

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 3:48 am

Students walk through the University of Texas, Austin, campus near the school's iconic tower on Sept. 27.
Eric Gay AP

The U.S. Supreme Court returns on Wednesday to the emotional issue of affirmative action in higher education. The court will once again hear oral arguments on the issue, this time in a case from the University of Texas.

Over the past 35 years, the court has twice ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. Now, just nine years after its last decision, the justices seem poised to outright reverse or cut back on the previous rulings.

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Wed October 10, 2012
Proposition 35: Human Trafficking

Today on Your Call: How should we combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation in California?

On today's Your Call, we’ll continue our election coverage with a debate on Proposition 35. If it passes, it would increase criminal penalties for human traffickers.   Supporters say it would protect vulnerable populations from exploitation.  Opponents say the language is too broad, penalties are too severe, and the wrong people would suffer.  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. What questions do you have about proposition 35?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.


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Tue October 9, 2012
Sweetness And Light

It's Good To Root, Root, Root For The Home Team

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 3:48 am

Baltimore Orioles Nate McLouth (from left), J.J. Hardy, Robert Andino and Manny Machado high-five teammates after Game 2 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. Somewhere, commentator and Orioles fan Frank Deford is also giving high-fives.
Nick Wass AP

My first protocol on rooting in sports is that you should stick with the teams that you grew up with. I know we're a transient society, but that's just it: Continuing to cheer for your original hometown teams is one way of displaying the old-fashioned value of allegiance.

If you grew up in Cleveland, say, and moved somewhere Sun Belt-ish, I know how hard it is, but the measure of whether you are a good person is that you must remain loyal to the Browns and Indians and that team that LeBron James left behind.

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Tue October 9, 2012

Superintendents Message

The Superintendents Message for Tuesday October 09,2012


Tue October 9, 2012
Arts & Culture

The evolution of the Presidio

The Presidio, where the Golden Gate Bridge meets San Francisco, combines beautiful nature with rich historical heritage. The 1,500 acres are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and are managed by the Presidio Trust which was established by Congress in 1996 when the US Army left the space.

Visitors can explore many hiking trails, campsite and play at the golf course. They can also visit restaurants and cafes, and even a spa. Approximately 8,000 people live, work, or attend school at the Presidio.

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Tue October 9, 2012
Arts & Culture

Arab Film Festival: Private Sun sheds light on being a Palestinian woman

Private Sun, Courtesy: Arab Film festival

This weekend marks the Arab Film Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, with 40 films showing this year from all over the Arab world.

The Palestinian short film Private Sun deals with the ironic reality of being Vitamin D deficient in a sun-drenched country like Palestine. It’s increasingly a problem among the country’s women, many of whom cover their bodies in public.

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Tue October 9, 2012

Crosscurrents: October 9, 2012

The 38 Percent: The Latino vote in California; the story of the Presidio; being Vitamin D deficient in a sun-drenched country; and local group the Justin Ancheta Band.