Science

September 28, 2014 | NPR · Let’s compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There’s nothing to see in either. Or is there?
 

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September 27, 2014 | NPR · A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.
 

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September 24, 2014 | NPR · The World Maker Faire comes to one of the nation’s most diverse neighborhoods.
 

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September 24, 2014 | NPR · Scientists cheered and the prime minister congratulated his country on navigating “a route known to very few” to reach the Red Planet — something few other nations have accomplished.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · India’s Mars Orbiter Mission is set to reach Mars on Wednesday, just days after a U.S. NASA probe began its orbit around the Red Planet. The difference? India did it on a much tighter budget.
 

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
September 22, 2014 | NPR · The orbital probe will study how the solar wind interacts with the red planet’s thin atmosphere.
 

September 22, 2014 | NPR · NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft on Sunday night fired its six main rocket engines for 33 minutes. That slowed the probe down enough so it could be captured by the Red Planet’s gravity.
 

AP
September 21, 2014 | NPR · Scientists hope NASA’s MAVEN probe, which went into orbit Sunday night, will provide insight into why the Martian climate changed drastically billions of years ago.
 

SpaceX, The Boeing Company
September 19, 2014 | NPR · Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here’s how they compare.
 

AP
September 16, 2014 | NPR · By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.
 

 

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News

Bloc Academy
October 2, 2014 | NPR · Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC’s forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.
 

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October 2, 2014 | NPR · The High Commissioner for Human Rights says mass executions, forcing women and girls into sex slavery and the use of child soldiers may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.
 

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October 2, 2014 | NPR · America’s classrooms are seeing a surge of kids from Central America who crossed into the U.S. illegally. Educating them is expensive, and one school in New Orleans is scrambling to cover the costs.
 

Arts & Life

October 2, 2014 | NPR · Moving ably from verse to historical prose, poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz chronicles the life and work of an unsung medical innovator in the exhaustively researched Dr. Mutter’s Marvels.
 

Bloc Academy
October 2, 2014 | NPR · Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC’s forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.
 

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October 2, 2014 | NPR · Adam Sandler and Netflix are doing four original movies together — perhaps because you can’t build a network on prestigious, binge-watchable television series alone.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
October 2, 2014 | NPR · This week on Alt.Latino, hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras document their latest musical passions — including amazing music from the Los Angeles Tropical revival.
 

Academy of Ancient Music
October 1, 2014 | WQXR · Stream a live Carnegie Hall concert of Bach’s four orchestral suites, played by the superb Academy of Ancient Music, led by Richard Egarr.
 

Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
October 1, 2014 | NPR · Hear a live performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under their electrifying conductor Riccardo Muti, in a thrilling program of Debussy, Mendelssohn and Scriabin.
 

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