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2:39 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

New Space Fence Could Prevent Real Life 'Gravity'

A computer image generated by NASA shows objects orbiting Earth, including those in geosynchronous orbit at a high altitude. The objects are not to scale. (NASA)

In the blockbuster film “Gravity,” astronauts became stranded, floating in orbit after “space junk” hit their mission at a heart-racing speed. While the film is more science fiction than fact, there are huge concerns about all the debris in the Earth’s orbit, and how that could affect satellite systems.

Sixty years of activity in space have resulted in about 500,000 pieces of space debris. The detritus ranges from left-over pieces of rockets to a glove that an astronaut dropped in 1965. All of that material has the potential to collide with the 1,100 satellites over the Earth.

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4:17 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

In Washington, Millennial Lawmakers Are Reaching Across The Aisle

The four youngest members of the Washington legislature are two Democrats and two Republicans who find generational common ground in spite of their political differences. (Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network)

Nine of the 147 members of the state legislature in Washington are under 34 years old — putting them in the “millennial” generation.

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4:16 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

There's Something About Millennials — Or Is There?

Much has been written about the Millennial Generation -- a lot of it negative -- but what's the reality of 18-to-34-year-olds today? (Ali from Riyadh/Flickr)

Much has been written about the “millennial” generation — also known as Generation Y — who are currently between the ages of 18 and 34.

Studies show that their main focus is money, and while they’re the most educated generation, they may be deeper in debt than their parents. They also are cynical about most American institutions and are less likely to participate in midterms elections.

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3:35 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Kevin Durant's Emotional NBA MVP Acceptance Speech

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:53 am

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In accepting his first MVP award, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant made a point of sharing the honor with those who made it possible.

In a soul-baring speech that lasted more than 25 minutes, Durant fought back tears several times while thanking each of his teammates, the coaches, support staff and team executives, and finally his family.

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2:55 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Ruth Marcus: Lewinsky Did Hillary Clinton A Favor

Monica Lewinsky is pictured in a photograph by Mark Seliger on VanityFair.com. (Screenshot)

Vanity Fair magazine has published excerpts of a forthcoming piece by Monica Lewinsky, who had an affair with President Bill Clinton as a White House intern in the ’90s.

Clinton’s lies about the relationship contributed to the House impeaching him in 1998; the Senate acquitted him.

Excerpts of the piece are available on the Vanity Fair website. The preview reads in part:

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2:55 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Lee Marshall, Voice Of Tony The Tiger, Dies At 64

You may not know his name, but you almost certainly know his voice. Lee Marshall was a sports broadcaster and a rock deejay, but he became a voiceover icon when he became the voice of Tony the Tiger in 1999, in commercials for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Marshall died in late April of esophageal cancer. He was 64 years old.

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2:55 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Millennial Daughter And Baby Boomer Mother Compare Notes

Millennial Zara Palmer (left) was born in 1992. Her mom, Julie, was born in 1959. (Jessica Robinson/Northwest News Network)

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 4:03 pm

More than 60 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 have made an excuse to take an impromptu vacation day, according to the 2014 annual travel survey by Springhill Suites.

That could be attributed in part to a shifting concept of work-life values by so-called “millennials” — the generation that’s gotten a bit of a reputation for being plugged-in, tuned-out and perhaps overly indulged.

But is that reputation deserved?

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3:48 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

The Chunnel Celebrates 20th Birthday

French President François Mitterrand welcomes Queen Elizabeth II during the inauguration of the Channel Tunnel, on May 6, 1994, in Coquelles. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 1:44 pm

Twenty years ago today, Queen Elizabeth of Britain and French President François Mitterrand crossed the English Channel by train, inaugurating the Channel Tunnel, which would be the first land link between the two countries.

The tunnel, now branded the “Chunnel,” took seven years to build. It’s actually three 35-mile-long tunnels equipped for passenger trains and for shuttles that can carry cars and trucks.

We’ve reached back into NPR’s archives for this story about the Chunnel by reporter Michael Goldfarb.

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3:48 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Presidential Campaigning Begins In Egypt

At the end of the month, Egypt will hold the first election since the military ousted former president Mohammed Morsi in July.

This week, campaigning for the presidential election officially kicked off between two candidates: leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi and former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Last night, el-Sissi, who is the frontrunner, appeared in his first television interview. If he’s elected, he has vowed to finish the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt.

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3:48 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Coca-Cola Removes Flame Retardant Chemical From Powerade

Mississippi teenager Sarah Kavanagh launched the Change.org petitions to remove BVO from Gatorade and Powerade. (Change.org)

Coca-Cola has decided to change the formula of several of its beverages by removing the controversial ingredient brominated vegetable oil (BVO).

The move comes after a petition on Change.org by Mississippi teenager Sarah Kavanagh, to have BVO removed from Pepsi’s Gatorade sports drink, garnered over 200,000 signatures.

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