The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

PHOTO: A New Panoramic View Of Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this panoramic view of the planet between Dec. 2011 and May.
NASA

NASA has released a new, stunning panoramic image of Mars. The scene is stitched from 817 images taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity from Dec. 2011 to May.

To do the image justice, you have to download the hi-resolution version, but be warned it's close to 14 MB.

Here's how NASA describes the scene:

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Aviation
1:32 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Officials Promote Kansas Aviation Industry At English Air Show

Kansas officials are in England this week promoting the state's aviation industry.

Senator Jerry Moran, Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George will be discussing Kansas aviation at the Farnborough International Airshow near London.

Executives from Wichita's Spirit AeroSystems, Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna Aircraft, Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier also will be there.

Brownback says the Kansas delegation is working to promote current companies and recruit more companies to Wichita.

NPR Story
1:31 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Joy Harjo's 'Crazy Brave' Path To Finding Her Voice

Joy Harjo has won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year for her album Winding Through the Milky Way.
Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:51 pm

In her new memoir, Joy Harjo recounts how her early years — a difficult childhood with an alcoholic father and abusive stepfather, and the hardships of teen motherhood — caused her to suppress her artistic gifts and nearly brought her to her breaking point. "It was the spirit of poetry," she writes in Crazy Brave, "who reached out and found me as I stood there at the doorway between panic and love."

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Live Music
1:16 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

What's On: July 14

This week on New Settlers it's "The Best of the Zoo" - a sampling of concerts from past Sedgwick County Zoo summer concert series, including blues, cajun party music, ballads and swing performed by A Roomful of Blues, Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Frank and JoeShow and Brave Combo.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:11 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Texas Gov. Perry Says No To Medicaid Expansion

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Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 3:31 pm

Any doubt, and there probably wasn't much, that Texas would reject an expansion of Medicaid under the big federal health law was dispelled today.

The Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows states to opt out of the expansion without losing all federal Medicaid funding. Only the federal money that would have gone toward the expansion is affected.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

2.97 Million And Counting; '66 Volvo Is Nearing Its 3 Millionth Mile

Irv Gordon in his trusty Volvo P1800S earlier this month.
Seth Wenig AP

"It's just a car I enjoy driving."

That's for sure.

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Middle East
12:59 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Reporting From Yemen Amid Ongoing Drone Attacks

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:42 pm

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Opinion
12:59 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Op-Ed: Now's The Time For A Candid Candidate

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:42 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

And now, the Opinion Page. The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes famously carried a lantern in daylight in hopes of finding an honest man. In an op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post, Kathleen Hall Jamieson embarked on an even more changeling quest: a search for an honest politician. Now more than ever, she wrote, with a public highly anxious about the economy and worn down after years of promises that things would get better, the time is ripe for a candid candidate.

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Around the Nation
12:59 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Storms Hurt Grid And Power Companies' Credibility

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:42 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. At the end of last month, a line of powerful storms left millions without electricity in the midst of record-breaking heat. The storms killed some as trees fell on houses and cars, then the heat took more lives as people sweltered without fans or air conditioning.

The heat wave's broken, the power's back on for most, but the widespread outages left many frustrated and angry. What took so long? Can't we protect power lines? And what about the crews who arrive to help out?

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The Salt
12:45 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Part Science, Part Art, Pollinator Pathway Connects Seattle Green Spaces

This tiger swallowtail butterfly is a pollinator that could benefit from a little more green space.
Jim, the Photographer

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:34 pm

When we think about improving urban food systems, we tend think about growing more vegetables — densely planted backyard plots and community gardens, with tiny tomatoes ripening in the sun. But according to some experts, we should start thinking smaller — way smaller — as in bugs.

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