Religion
9:55 am
Fri January 11, 2013

The Buzz On Silent Retreats

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 10:56 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're almost two weeks into the new year. We're thinking about the resolutions that many people may have made, and you often hear people talking about getting their finances in order or eating better or getting in shape, but we also notice that many people are telling us that they are resolving to unplug more from the stress of our fast-paced lives. Some people are saying that they're going to spend more time in silence, so why don't we give it a try? Here it is. Let's go.

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Shots - Health News
9:25 am
Fri January 11, 2013

How Military Research On Anthrax Could Lead To A Weapon Against Gluten

Students at the University of Washington used a protein-folding program initially funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to come up with a treatment for celiac disease.
DARPA

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:06 am

Why would the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the people who helped bring the world stealth fighters and GPS — fund research into man-made proteins that could make it easier for some Americans to eat pizza?

That's what we wondered when we read that the Pentagon's gee-whiz research arm provided support for work on a drug to treat celiac disease, a condition that interferes with the digestion of gluten in wheat and other foods.

So we asked.

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The Two-Way
9:21 am
Fri January 11, 2013

'State Of The Union' Set For Feb. 12

President Obama, Vice President Biden (at left) and House speaker John Boehner at the 2012 State of the Union address.
Saul Loeb DPA /Landov

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has sent President Obama the invitation that precedes each year's State of the Union address:

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Entertainment
9:04 am
Fri January 11, 2013

The New Mexico Ballet: Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet"

Fri. 1/11 10a:  The New Mexico Ballet Company and the New Mexico Philharmonic team up to present a fully-staged version of Shakespeare's tragic romance at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center on January 12 and 13.  Spencer Beckwith talks about Prokofiev's score for "Romeo and Juliet" with the conductor for the performances, Grant Cooper.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Ai Weiwei: In China, Lack Of Truth 'Is Suffocating'

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in June 2012.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:15 am

  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on the suffocation of truth.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on being known despite censorship.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on life in prison.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been outspoken about the lack of freedom in his homeland and was imprisoned in what he and his supporters say was an effort to keep him quiet, told our colleagues at Boston's WBUR this week that the lack of truth in China is "suffocating ... like bad air all the time."

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Local News
8:52 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Valencia County May Get New Town

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — Voters in a small community in Valencia County will find out if they are one step closer to creating a new town.


KRQE-TV reports  that the votes will be canvassed Friday to determine if Rio Communities can incorporate.


In a special election Tuesday, residents in Rio Communities, just east of Belen, voted to incorporate into a new municipality with its own mayor and town council.


Residents in this 4600 square acre area say they want a new town so they could have their own police department.

Shots - Health News
8:43 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Merck Halts Sale Of Niacin Drug In 40 Countries

Tredaptive, a booster of good cholesterol, is dead.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 9:29 am

Drugmaker Merck just stuck a fork in a vitamin-based drug to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The company is withdrawing Tredaptive, a long-acting pill combining niacin (No. 3 in the long list of B vitamins) and laropiprant, a chemical that reduces the unpleasant skin flushing caused by high doses of niacin.

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Local News
7:38 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Evolution and Comics: Moving Beyond the Super Hero

Credit C. Jung

The Albuquerque Comic Con will be in full swing this weekend, giving comic book and sci fi fans a chance to meet and greet their favorite authors, on screen characters, and artists. With the festivities only a day away, KUNM's Carrie Jung caught up with comic book writer and producer, Christian Beranek, to learn more about the industry, and how things have changed since Christian bought her first Batman comic as a child.

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Local News
6:45 am
Fri January 11, 2013

'Hiroshima' LANL Protesters Avoid Jail

Six protesters arrested at the gates of Los Alamos National Laboratory on the anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Japan will avoid jail time.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Los Alamos Municipal Court judge Alan Kirk threw out Wednesday the trespassing charges against the group and declined to give the protesters jail time.

However, Kirk fined each protester $100 and $40 in court costs and a $60 probation fee. Each also received a year's probation.

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