Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:20 pm
A blue-ribbon panel is urging stronger regulation of pharmaceuticals around the world to combat the growing problem of fake and poor-quality medicines.
The quality problems and fake medicines have affected Americans. Fungal contamination of steroids made by a Massachusetts pharmacy, which sickened more than 700 people and killed 46, is one recent example. Other U.S. patients have received fake cancer drugs and medicines obtained over the Internet with little or no active ingredients.
Hollywood's biggest night is in just a few weeks. People tend to focus on the glitz, the glamour and — of course — the gowns. But we thought we'd take a moment to focus on the gags.
Or rather what goes into writing both the jokes that fall flat and the jokes that soar. For a bit of Oscars Writing 101, NPR's All Things Considered turned to Dave Boone, who has written for the Academy Awards eight times.
We've been able to record sound for over 125 years, but many of the recordings that have been made in that time are in terrible shape. Many more, even recordings made in the past 10 years, are in danger because rapid technological changes have rendered their software obsolete. So Wednesday, the Library of Congress unveiled a plan to help preserve this country's audio archives.
Minute Suite's 7-by-8-feet rooms offer Wi-Fi, a sofa bed, a television and a workspace. One traveler compared the small spaces to having an MRI done, but others say the idea is overdue at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
When there's a big snowstorm or a plane has mechanical problems, airports often turn into uncomfortable holding pens, with people scrunched in chairs, lying on floors, filling up restaurants and otherwise trying to find something to do.
That's actually good news for one company. Minute Suites is building tiny airport retreats across the country. The suites are already operating in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Next up are Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
A man shouts his love at an event in Tokyo on Jan. 29. The event comes two days ahead of Beloved Wives Day, a day on which husbands publicly scream their love for their wives before a crowd of onlookers. Husbands are also urged to head home early to express gratitude to their wives.
Construction continues at the Belo Monte dam complex in the Amazon basin in June 2012 near Altamira, Brazil. Belo Monte will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric project, and will displace up to 20,000 people living near the Xingu River.
A boat navigates the Xingu River last June, near the Belo Monte dam site. The controversial $16 billion project is one of around 60 hydroelectric projects Brazil has planned in the Amazon to generate electricity for its rapidly expanding economy.
A resident stands in the low-lying Invasao dos Padres neighborhood, which stands to be flooded by the Belo Monte dam. Houses are constructed on stilts to protect against seasonal flooding. The government says residents forced to relocate because of the dam will be compensated, and that most will benefit from relocation.
Protesters demonstrate against the Forest Code and Belo Monte dam project at the Rio+20 countersummit last June, in Rio de Janeiro. The summit aimed to overcome years of deadlock over environmental concerns.
Residents affected by the Belo Monte dam and their supporters stand atop a temporary earthen dam spelling out the words "Pare Belo Monte," meaning "Stop Belo Monte," at the dam construction site last June. Demonstrators also removed a strip of earth to restore the flow of the Xingu River as a protest against the construction.
A man flips into a stream leading to the Xingu River. The area is challenged by deforestation; agriculture; mining; a governmental dam building spree; illegal land speculation, including the occupation of forest reserves and indigenous land; and other issues.
Construction continued at the Belo Monte dam complex in the Amazon basin near Altamira, Brazil, in June 2012. Belo Monte will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric project, and will displace up to 20,000 people living near the Xingu River.