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President Bachelet Cautious As 8.2 Quake Kills 5 In Chile

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 20:47

Authorities kept hundreds of thousands of people out of their beds early Wednesday after the quake struck off Chile's northern coast. Five people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks.

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Filling up the landfill, one coffee pod at a time

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-01 16:28
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Ninety-five percent of the material in those K-Cup single serve coffee pods is non-recyclable composite plastic, according to Mother Jones. And with only 5 percent of the pods currently recyclable, the company that makes Keurig machines, Green Mountain Coffee, says it is going to make all of its K-Cups recyclable by 2020.

That's why Roberto A Ferdman's article in Quartz is titled, "The world’s growing love affair with the most wasteful form of coffee there is."

"In 2011, there were enough K-Cups used to encircle the globe more than six times," says Ferdman. "If you were to extrapolate the numbers to last year, it would be more than ten times."

And in his story, Ferdman writes:

"The sheer volume of pod waste is staggering. As Murray Carpenter notes in his book Caffeinated, the K-cups discarded in 2011 would have encircled the globe more than six times, and in 2013, more than 10 times. Across the coffee pod industry, hundreds of millions of pounds of unrecyclable trash are now being made, used, and then tossed away each year in the US."

 

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Massive Quake Off Chile Triggers Tsunami Warning

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 16:21

The United States Geological Survey says the quake measured 8.2. Chile ordered an evacuation of its coastal areas.

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The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:58

The Harlem Hellfighters broke barriers as the first African-American infantry unit to fight in World War I. Their story is retold in a new graphic novel written by Max Brooks, author of World War Z.

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3-D printing could be the future of construction

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:48
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You can seriously print out the 3D print canal house.

There is a 13-room house being built in the Netherlands -- with a 3-D printer.

President Obama checked out models of the house last week. So far, one corner of the house is up, just off a canal in Amsterdam.

The builders say this is the future of construction. There's no waste.  

And as a bonus: If you get tired of your house, you can chuck the whole thing in one big recycling bin.

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Congress Sends Ukraine Aid, Russia Sanctions Bill To White House

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:12

After weeks of wrangling and in a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress approved a bill calling for $1 billion in aid to Ukraine and new sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

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School For Making Toast: The Best Food Fooling 2014

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:07

The San Francisco Cooking School invited us to explore the "wonder" of sliced bread, and perfect techniques for light to extra dark toast. Would you pay to learn the secrets of fancy toast?

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Why Is Guinea's Ebola Outbreak So Unusual?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:05

The virus does not typically spread as far afield as it has in Guinea — and that makes it much harder to stop.

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