Iowa Public Radio http://news.iowapublicradio.org en Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/ancient-landscape-found-under-2-miles-ice-greenland In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that's millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact.<p>"Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander," a news release from the <a href="http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=18309&category=uvmhome">University of Vermont</a> says. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 39387 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/telltale-rainbow-sheens-show-thousands-spills-across-gulf Jonathan Henderson of New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network is flying Louisiana's coast looking for oil. As usual, he's found some.<p>"I just noticed something out of the corner of my eye that looks like a sheen that had some form to it," he says. "We're going to go take a closer look and see if there's a rainbow sheen."<p>It's a target-rich environment for Henderson, because more than 54,000 wells were planted in and off this coast — part of the 300,000 wells in the state. They're connected by thousands of miles of pipelines, all vulnerable to leaks.<p>And leak they do. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Bob Marshall 39385 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/so-how-they-do-it-zebras-getting-stripes How did it happen? How'd the zebra get its stripes?<p>In <a href="http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm" target="_blank">Rudyard </a><a href="http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm" target="_blank">Kipling's version</a>, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy.<p>OK. Not bad.<p>Here's another notion, this one from <a href="http://www.ricardosolisart.com/">Ricardo Solis</a>, an artist working in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 39386 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes Top Teams Sitting Out Of NBA Playoffs http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/top-teams-sitting-out-nba-playoffs Some of the NBA's hottest teams missed the cut for this year's playoffs. And to what lengths will Cuban athletes go for a chance to play in the MLB? ESPN.com's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 editor 39384 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraine-calls-easter-truce-clash-militants Citing progress in diplomacy and this weekend's Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" that is aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine.<p>The move comes after an international group including Ukrainian officials, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov reached an agreement late this week in Geneva that would compel the separatists to disarm and abandon the buildings they've taken in parts Donetsk and other cities with large Russian-speaking populations in eastern Ukraine Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 39383 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants The Perfect Garden http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/perfect-garden <p><span class="userContent">Everyone wants to have a beautiful yard, but that can be a daunting task. Garden designer <a href="http://lunchboxproject.blogspot.com/2014/04/planting-design-tips.html">Lisa Orgler</a> and ISU Extension horticulturalist <a href="https://www.extension.iastate.edu/author/richard-jauron">Richard Jauron</a> answer questions about the myriad of choices when planting your perfect landscape. </span></p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:33:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe 39362 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org The Perfect Garden Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/captain-apologizes-death-toll-rises-s-korea-ferry-accident Divers searching a sunken South Korean ferry have found three more bodies, bringing the number of victims to 32. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 39382 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/say-anything-still-full-guileless-affection Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe's Say Anything. A look back at the seminal teen flick reveals a surprisingly deep and romantic story. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 39381 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org NCAA Beats 'Strategic Retreat' On Food Rules For Student Athletes http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/ncaa-beats-strategic-retreat-food-rules-student-athletes The NCAA is facing scrutiny for how it treats student athletes. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about changes the organization made this week. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 39380 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Bringing Poetry And High Culture To Sao Paulo's Periphery http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/bringing-poetry-and-high-culture-sao-paulos-periphery Poetry in an unlikely place: In a grim urban shanty town in the middle of Sao Paulo, budding poets from the poorest sections of Brazilian society get together weekly to compose and recite poetry. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 39379 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/silicon-valley-immigrants-toast-their-way-top Public speaking can be nerve-wracking whatever your native tongue. It can be especially difficult for immigrants who speak English as a second language.<p>In California's Silicon Valley, some immigrant tech workers strengthen their voices by joining public speaking support groups like Toastmasters clubs.<p>Members usually meet once a week to practice giving speeches, which are timed to the second and judged for grammar and presentation. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 39378 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top Captain, 2 Crew Members Arrested In S. Korea Ferry Sinking http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/captain-2-crew-members-arrested-s-korea-ferry-sinking The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 39377 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-adds-malaysia-his-asia-itinerary Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 39376 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/training-could-avert-another-fertilizer-plant-disaster A year ago, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, killed 15 people and wounded 160. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reflects on how to avoid a future catastrophe. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 39375 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/watch-blind-lets-you-feel-time-passing A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 39374 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Putin Tries To Sell Ukraine's Muslims On Russian Rule http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/putin-tries-sell-ukraines-muslims-russian-rule Russian President Putin is reaching out to Muslims in Crimea. Professor Robert Crews tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Putin is trying to build alliances in the Muslim world to weigh against the West. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 39373 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Syrian Rebel Stronghold On The Verge Of Government Takeover http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/syrian-rebel-stronghold-verge-government-takeover The Syrian city of Homs has been a rebel stronghold since the anti-government uprising began. But one rebel tells NPR that they're low on ammunition and medical gear. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 39372 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Avalanche Sweeps 12 Sherpas Off Mt. Everest http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/avalanche-sweeps-12-sherpas-mt-everest Twelve sherpas died in a recent avalanche on Mount Everest. Climber Conrad Anker explains that the guides were helping prepare a route for hundreds of climbers expected for the coming summer season. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 39371 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/polio-threatens-spread-through-central-africa A polio outbreak in Cameroon has spread to Equatorial Guinea and threatens to move throughout Central Africa. Before the outbreak, Equatorial Guinea had been free of polio for nearly 15 years. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 39370 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/mental-and-physical-toll-bullying-persists-decades What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying.<p>Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing up, but mounting evidence suggests that the adverse effects of being bullied aren't something kids can just shake off. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Linda Poon 39369 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-week-earnings-heartbleed-arrest-and-digital-distraction There was really only one tech story last week — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">the potentially disastrous Heartbleed bug</a>. This week, we return to more of a panoply of tech-related news, starting with NPR stories in the ICYMI section, the broader topics in the industry in The Big Conversation and fun links you shouldn't miss in Curiosities.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Digital Distraction Remedies</strong>: Is a backlash beginning ... in favor of the physical world? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Elise Hu 39367 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone? http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/can-wal-mart-really-make-organic-food-cheap-everyone It could be another milestone in organic food's evolution from crunchy to commercial: Wal-Mart, the king of mass retailing, is <a href="http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/04/10/walmart-and-wild-oats-launch-effort-to-drive-down-organic-food-prices">promising</a> to "drive down organic food prices" with a new line of organic food products. The new products will be at least 25 percent cheaper than organic food that's on Wal-Mart's shelves right now.<p>Yet we've heard this before. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 39368 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone? Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/classical-quartet-gets-all-twisted <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKezUd_xw20</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:40:21 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 39366 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to love to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 39365 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/love-letter-literature-reading-gabo-paris-review Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <em>Love in the Time of Cholera</em>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <em>libro</em> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:50:00 +0000 editor 39364 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review' Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/are-democrats-trying-energize-base-race-card Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race.<p>That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition to Obama's presidency and agenda.<p>There seems to be a shift in recent days, however.<p>Top Democratic party officials have either directly or indirectly blamed race for some of the hostility to Obama, his policies, or both.<p>Rep. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Frank James 39363 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card? In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 39356 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/virginia-politicians-fish-support-old-fashioned-event At a time when new technologies and social media are transforming politics, we turn to a decidedly old-fashioned campaign event. It's an annual festival known as the Shad Planking, a spring rite of Virginia politics for nearly 70 years.<p>It's a must-attend event for state politicians, who practice the oldest form of retail politicking among tall pine trees at a dusty campsite.<p>In Wakefield, about an hour southeast of Virginia's capital of Richmond, shad fish have been roasting by on an open fire since 5 a.m. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 editor 39361 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/leaflets-given-donetsk-jews-made-waves-worldwide-not-donetsk A development in Eastern Ukraine has set social media on fire and triggered outrage around the world.<p>In the city of Donetsk, someone <a href="http://www.interpretermag.com/russian-separatists-in-donetsk-reportedly-order-jews-to-register-or-face-expulsion/" target="_blank">distributed fliers ordering Jews to register</a> with the separatists who have taken over government buildings.<p>Even though nobody in Ukraine believed the leaflet was real, the fliers hit a nerve.<p>It all started at a Donetsk synagogue after evening prayers two nights ago, when a group of masked men in camouflage showed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39360 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/airbnb-start-charging-hotel-taxes-handful-cities When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, searched for accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.<p>At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.<p>But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.<p>Visby would know if she were staying in a hotel. It's <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/net-us-airbnb-tax-idUSBRE8331CN20120404" target="_blank">14 percent</a> per room. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 editor 39359 at http://news.iowapublicradio.org Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities