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Alan Turing Notebook Sells For More Than $1 Million At Auction

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-13 10:32

The manuscript dates to 1942, when the mathematician and computer science pioneer worked to break the German Enigma code. It is filled with complex mathematical and computer science notations.

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Under Armour wins big at the Masters

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-13 10:07

If you watched the Masters on Sunday, you know Jordan Spieth had a very good day. You could argue his main sponsor, Under Armour, had a better one.

They signed Speith to a 10-year deal back in January, Bloomberg notes, guaranteeing Under Armour is the only brand name Spieth will wear on the course.

A key provision?

Under Armour doesn't make golf clubs, which means Speith didn't have to change clubs to make the deal — no small thing.

And by the way, I haven't had a pimento cheese sandwich yet.

JFK Profile In Courage Award Going To Former GOP Rep. Bob Inglis

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-13 09:31

In 2010, Inglis, R-S.C., lost his seat in the Tea Party wave for, among other things, accepting climate change. Past winners of the award include President George H.W. Bush.

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One man's dream: a tornado machine

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-13 08:39

You've heard of wind and solar. But what about harnessing other forces of nature for energy? That's Louis Michaud's idea.

Michaud worked an engineer in the petroleum industry, but on the side, he nurtured a radical green energy idea, a new renewable energy source he thinks could cover all of our power needs.

The Adaptors — a project of SoundVision Productions and The Atlantic — went to Sarnia, Ontario for a look.

Seth Meyers is getting the hang of his new gig

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-13 08:00

Hosting Late Night wasn't Seth Meyers's first time in the host chair — he'd anchored Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update since 2006, where he was also a head-writer and cast member. Late Night with Seth Meyers premiered in February of 2014. After a year's worth of shows, Meyers has gotten the hang of his new gig.

"When I look back at where I was a year into my time at SNL, I felt very uncomfortable, very on-edge. Like a lot of people at SNL, I feel like you are worried you're going to get fired everyday. I'm more settled than that, but I wouldn't call myself completely settled."

The late night television is a crowded field. The traditional late night giants, CBS and NBC, have been joined by cable networks like Comedy Central, TBS, and HBO. Meyers is quick to point out that he's in no rush to copy what his competition is doing on other networks.

"Usually, the people that are doing things really well are doing them for the reason that they are the person that does them best."

Seth Meyers' desk in his office at 30 Rockefeller Center.

Deb Clark

He and his writing team see a niche for them when it comes to politics, a topic Meyers is comfortable covering after his time at SNL but which most other late night network talk shows avoid. "It gives the office a fun energy when you're doing something day of and you and a lot less time to road test it," he says, speaking of a sketch they did about Senator Elizabeth Warren and her decision not to run for President

"And I think as we get into the political season where there are more stories that our audience is hip to, I think we'll try to do that more and more. It's really fun for us."

And Meyers is definitely having fun.

"The very fact that, in this day and age, a network has said to me, 'Hey, we're going to give you an hour every day. Do with it what you will.' There's really not much more you can ask for than that."

Click the media player below to hear an extended version of our conversation with Seth Meyers:

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal (L) with Seth Meyers (R)

Deb Clark

New Survey Shows The World's Most- And Least-Religious Places

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-13 07:54

Sixty-three percent of people who took part in a global survey of religious attitudes say they are religious, according to WIN/Gallup International, the organization that carried out the polling.

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I Learned The Hard Way That Concussion Isn't Just For The Young

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-13 07:52

We hear a lot about concussion and kids, but older adults are even more vulnerable to traumatic brain injury. A slip in the kitchen leads one man down the rabbit hole with no clear path out.

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Reports: Marco Rubio Says He's Running For President

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-13 07:29

The Florida senator has had a meteoric rise in politics. He served at the state level beginning in 2000. In 2010, he was elected to the Senate, where he established himself as a GOP leader.

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And The Fate Of The Hermaphrodite Goat Is...

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-13 06:48

The authorities in Gaza decided that the animal had to be slaughtered.

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After Global Protests, Kenya Finally Sentences 3 Men Who Raped A Teen

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-13 06:01

The only punishment for three of the attackers who brutally raped the 16-year-old in 2013 was cutting grass. The world protested, and Monday they were finally sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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A Far-Right Family Feud In France Appears To Claim Movement's Icon

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-13 05:19

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen won't run in the upcoming regional elections after his daughter and political successor criticized his remarks about gas chambers being a "detail" of history.

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