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10:33 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Monkeys and Mind Control

Credit http://today.duke.edu/2011/10/monkeymoveandfeel

The prospect of quadriplegics walking again once seemed like wishful thinking. The thought of a monkey’s brain controlling a robot was relegated to the realm of science fiction. But real science is always expanding the scope of the possible. Host Isaac-Davy Aronson talks to Miguel Nicolelis, professor of neuroscience at Duke University and founder of Duke’s Center for Neuroengineering, about how his research with monkeys may help millions of people to walk again.

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State of Things
10:18 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Season 1, Ep 8: Jade City Pharaoh - Winner Take Nothing (Part I)

Superheroes don't get the night off...

Superhero Herald M.F. Jones attempts to take a night off from crime fighting to make time with the beautiful Belinda Goodall and attend an art exhibit and as his alter ego, Malik Fraser. But Jade City villain The Beef Cooka has other ideas and before long Jones is donning his green cape to save an innocent citizen.

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Education
4:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Some Schools Beating Dropout Odds

Schools affiliated with the non-profit North Carolina New Schools Project continue to show great promise in helping fight the state's dropout problem.

Dave DeWitt: When the State School Board released dropout rates for all schools earlier this month, it was good news. According to their data, fewer students were quitting school across the state.

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Arts & Culture
2:25 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Calder Exhibit Opens at Nasher

Duke's Nasher Art Museum in Durham is combining traditional sculptures with more contemporary pieces at a new exhibit today.

Jeff Tiberii: More than a dozen mobiles from late American sculptor, Alexander Calder will be on display. His works will be complemented by contemporary sculptures from seven other artists. The Nasher's Wendy Hower Livingston says the gallery feels different.

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Environment
8:35 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Lawmakers Discuss Fracking

A legislative committee that's studying a method of natural gas drilling sometimes called fracking met in Raleigh today. Representatives of oil and gas interest groups as well as environmental non-profits spoke at the meeting. Ray Covington of Lee County is a co-founder of a company that has entered into mineral rights agreements with many landowners in the area.

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Charlotte Schools End Testing Program

A comprehensive testing program launched last year in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools has been abruptly shut down. Dave DeWitt reports that the tests drew a high number of parent complaints.

Dave DeWitt: 52 year-end tests were developed during the administration of superintendent Peter Gorman, for students as young as kindergarten. The idea was to gather more data on students -and then determine a baseline for future academic performance. Teachers would then be rewarded - or punished - if that student performed better or worse than expected.

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Politics & Government
11:50 am
Wed February 15, 2012

MCNC Honored at the White House

A Triangle non-profit is being honored at the White House today.  MCNC has been named a “Champion of Change” for its work in providing broadband to rural North Carolina.  Joe Freddoso is the President and CEO of MCNC.  He says the first of their two major projects is almost complete.

Science & Technology
11:45 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Life Science Leaders at CED Conference

North Carolina continues to be one of the national hot-beds for the Life Sciences.  Entrepreneurs, scientists and venture capitalists in the field are gathering today and tomorrow in Raleigh.

Leoneda Inge:  The CED Life Science Conference is in its 21st year and is one of the biggest events of its type in the southeast.  The idea is to bring some of the best and brightest Life Science companies face-to-face with investors.  Bob Ingram, a General Partner with Hattaras Venture Partners is one of the events co-chairs.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Consent to Search

Fayetteville, NC is a cauldron of controversy after the city council imposed a moratorium on consent searches. Simply stated, consent searches happen when police officers ask permission to search someone or their property. Racial profiling concerns sparked the council's move, but opponents of the moratorium stay it will stymie police effectiveness.

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State of Things
10:12 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Running the Rift

Book cover ''Running the Rift''

Naomi Benaron's new novel tells the tragic tale of Jean Patrick, a young Tutsi citizen of Rwanda in the years leading up to the genocide of the 1990s. Though he is part of an oppressed group in the country, Patrick's ability to run gives him an escape from the ordinary life of underprivilege common to his fellow Tutsis.

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