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8/6/2013 8:01 AM | MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF | NPR |
Can't we just leave our fruit alone?   Last year, apple farmers were soaking their fruit in grape flavor to make them more attractive to kids. Now, plant breeders in California have created a grape that tastes like ? well, spun sugar and air.   That's right, Salties. Say hello to the Cotton Candy grape.

Can't we just leave our fruit alone?

Last year, apple farmers were soaking their fruit in grape flavor to make them more attractive to kids. Now, plant breeders in California have created a grape that tastes like — well, spun sugar and air.


That's right, Salties. Say hello to the Cotton Candy grape.

8/2/2013 8:20 AM | Robert Krulwich | NPR |
She was 34, on a trip to Europe, got sick from a flu or maybe it was a virus, had to lie down and stay in bed ? for months and months. A friend brought her a snail. You might enjoy its company, she was told.   "Why, I wondered, would I enjoy a snail?," Elisabeth Tova Bailey asks in her book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. "What on earth would I do with it?"

She was 34, on a trip to Europe, got sick from a flu or maybe it was a virus, had to lie down and stay in bed — for months and months. A friend brought her a snail. You might enjoy its company, she was told.


"Why, I wondered, would I enjoy a snail?," Elisabeth Tova Bailey asks in her book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. "What on earth would I do with it?"

8/1/2013 9:13 AM | Stephen Thompson | NPR |
Concertgoers at Webster Hall in New York City during a show by M83 on Nov. 22, 2011.  We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the helpful $40-a-pop reminders not to speed on North Capitol Street is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: a discussion of cellphone recordings at concerts.

Concertgoers at Webster Hall in New York City during a show by M83 on Nov. 22, 2011.

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the helpful $40-a-pop reminders not to speed on North Capitol Street is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: a discussion of cellphone recordings at concerts.

7/30/2013 9:30 AM | STEVE HENN | NPR |
Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller have been hacking into products for a long time. But they don't steal stuff or mess with people; instead, their purpose is to pressure companies into making their products more secure.   This week, they scored big. Their research on hacking cars has captured the attention of millions and has been featured in Forbes and on the Today show.

Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller have been hacking into products for a long time. But they don't steal stuff or mess with people; instead, their purpose is to pressure companies into making their products more secure.

This week, they scored big. Their research on hacking cars has captured the attention of millions and has been featured in Forbes and on the Today show.

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