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The tech behind tracking marijuana plants in Colorado

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-01 02:59

Starting today, Colorado will become the first state to begin allowing the sale of marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. Recreational use has been legal in the state for about a year now, but today the plant will be officially available at stores with special liscenses. And, where there's a crop, and retail stores to sell that crop, there's a tracking system -- as in RFID tags. Not an alien concept to the world of retail. Some of these tags have a strap that you can attach to the plant. Each plant gets tagged, each tag has a number, and each number goes into an large online database. The Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solution or as Julie Postlethwait, an officer with Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division, calls it, MITS.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Is Hospitalized

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 02:01

Barbara Bush, 88, is in a hospital in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, according to her husband's office.

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Dying Lawyer Convicted Of Aiding Terrorism Leaves Prison

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 01:25

In 2005, Lynn Stewart was convicted of helping blind Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks.

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RoboCop? How About RoboPenguin!

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 00:06

When physicist Flavio Noca first saw penguins zooming around underwater, he was blown away by their speed and maneuverability. Now, his team has built a robotic arm that perfectly mimics the flippers in action — and he says the device could someday propel underwater craft.

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Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 00:04

A local Christian aid group is trying to help villages adapt by planting drought-tolerant crops and setting up pumps for irrigation. But even with new methods and crops, farmers still need to know: When is it safe to plant?

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Federal Flood Insurance Program Drowning In Debt. Who Will Pay?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 00:03

Congress has tried to boost premiums on the cheap, subsidized insurance FEMA offers. But property owners in flood zones protested the rate hikes, and legislators backed off in 2013, calling for "further study." Meanwhile, a string of bad storms has left the program $24 billion in debt — so far.

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Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future'

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-31 23:58

An ATM that lets you video chat with a teller hundreds of miles away? It's part of an effort by the banking industry to cut costs: The more ATMs can do, the less banks have to spend on tellers and real estate. But in-person branches still remain the best way for banks to get new business.

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