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Government Tech Problems: Blame The People Or The Process?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:58

Contractors say blame bad project management inside government for multimillion-dollar tech failures like HealthCare.gov. Procurement reformists say it's not fair to "blame the client."

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Watson, IBM's 'Jeopardy!' Champ, Gets Its Own Business Division

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:49

Big Blue hopes the computer that beat out two human rivals in 2011 can use its "cognitive computing" abilities to turn a tidy profit.

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How To Make Your Face (Digitally) Unforgettable

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:20

MIT researchers found that there are certain components of memorability that are universal. And they're trying to figure out how to apply those attributes to any portrait, using subtle changes to facial features.

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Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 10:13

Over the last few years, scientists who study the way food influences our brains and bodies have been moving toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. We've rounded up their tips on how to conquer cravings for one of nature's most pleasurable substances.

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:42

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:42

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.

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French Court Rules Controversial Comedian's Show Can Go Ahead

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:29

Authorities want to ban Dieudonne M'bala M'bala's performances because of perceived anti-Semitism. They say his trademark straight-arm gesture, known as a "quenelle," is a reverse Nazi salute. He denies the charge, calling it anti-Zionist and anti-establishment. But Dieudonne has seven prior convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech.

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Aurora Watchers 'May Be In Luck' As Solar Flare Reaches Earth

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:10

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center says the Earth-bound coronal mass ejection from Tuesday's X-class solar flare was "slightly overdue."

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Rare Horses Released In Spain As Part Of 'Rewilding' Effort

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:02

Two-dozen endangered horses were brought to an unfenced area of western Spain that's believed to have once been native territory for them.

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After 2,000 Years, Wild Horses Again Roam Western Spain

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:02

The Retuerta horses are part of a broader effort to 'rewild' parts of Europe. Spain is considered prime territory as Spaniards abandon rural life for the city.

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While U.S. Shivers, Australia And Brazil Sizzle

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 08:01

While it's been extremely cold in the U.S., it's been extremely hot in some parts of the Southern Hemisphere. So hot, in fact, that bats are dropping out of trees Down Under.

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Pakistani Teen Dies Stopping Bomber From Striking School

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 07:40

Fifteen-year-old Aitizaz Hasan is being hailed as a hero for his action earlier this week. A militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a Shiite-dominated part of Hangu town.

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How Medigap Coverage Turns Medicare Into A Health Care Buffet

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 06:58

Supplemental insurance plans shield millions of people from Medicare's deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. Some health economists have criticized these so-called Medigap plans for inflating health care spending by encouraging people to seek care they don't really need.

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The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 06:41

Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker tells Morning Edition that Edward Snowden "did the crime — he should do the time" for leaking classified material to the media.

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