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Mon October 24, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: Coldplay

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 8:01 am


Courtesy of EMI

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisited some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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Mon October 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Larry Page Now More Popular Than Facebook's Zuckerberg On Google+

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 8:50 am

Larry Page.

Nati Harnik AP

That headline may seem insignificant — you know that Larry Page, Google's CEO, now has more followers on Google+ than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — but in the tech world it's seen as tea leaves that hint at the future of the social network.

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Mon October 24, 2011
Latin America

Google To Deliver The Amazon Jungle In 3-D

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 5:00 pm

A boat navigates along the Black River near the village of Tumbira, in the Amazon, northern Brazil, on Aug. 18. In a few weeks, Google will post a 3-D, on-the-ground view of Tumbira on Google Earth Outreach.

Evaristo SA AFP/Getty Images

Google has long offered anyone with an Internet connection a street-level view of cities and landmarks around the world, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Roman Coliseum.

Now, it's teaming up with a Brazilian environmental group to offer a 3-D, on-the-ground view of one of the planet's most remote areas: the hamlet of Tumbira in the center of the Brazilian Amazon. The goal is to show how people in the Amazon live — and educate the public about their effort to protect the forest.

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Mon October 24, 2011

'Deadly Monopolies'? Patenting The Human Body

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 1:52 pm

Drugs or pills against a background of dollar bills.

Aron Hsiao

In 1980, the Supreme Court ruled that living, human-made microorganisms could be patented by their developers. The ruling opened the gateway for cells, tissues, genetically modified plants and animals, and genes to be patented.

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Mon October 24, 2011
The Two-Way

#WeCantWait: Obama's Fans And Foes Take The Argument To Twitter

The news that President Obama and his team are going to make the case that "we can't wait" any longer for Congress (and in particular, his Republican opponents) to take action on his ideas about how to boost job growth has inspired much discussion on Twitter today.

"#WeCantWait" is, it seems, an almost perfect hashtag no matter which side you're on.

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