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4:12 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Security Vs. Free Speech: India Blocks Film On Assassination

Kuam De Heere, or Diamonds of the Community, depicts the assassination of Indira Gandhi and focuses on the personal lives of her killers. Critics say it glorifies them. The film has been screened in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, but its release has been blocked in India.
Kaum de Heere

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 3:49 am

A new film projects a decidedly different perspective about one of the most convulsive episodes in India's modern age.

Kaum De Heere, or Diamonds of the Community, looks at the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi — through the lens of her assassins.

Producer Satish Katyal rejects the criticism that the film eulogizes Gandhi's killers. "It has a human angle," he says. "It's about their personal lives. Why did they suddenly commit this act?"

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Goats and Soda
3:55 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Homer Simpson's Visit To Bangalore Makes Us Go 'D'Oh!'

Homer thinks he is a god in the episode of The Simpsons set in Bangalore.
via metatube

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 4:59 pm

Some of us here at Goats and Soda were pretty excited when the cable channel FXX said it was going to run every Simpsons episode ever, 24/7 for 12 days. We are a global blog, and The Simpsons is a global show, airing in at least nine other countries.

What really caught our eye was an episode scheduled to air tomorrow at 4 a.m. ET, in which the Simpsons visit Bangalore, India.

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Shots - Health News
3:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Will Be Put To Human Test

Scanning electron micrograph shows Ebola virus (red) on the surface of a kidney cell from an African green monkey.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 4:13 pm

An Ebola vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is going to get a try in healthy people starting next week.

The number of Ebola cases and deaths continues to climb in Western Africa, underscoring the need for a vaccine to protect people from infection. There's no such vaccine now.

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2:59 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 3:46 pm

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Scientists Study How We Evolved To Stand On Our Own Two Fins

Researchers raised two groups of walking, air-breathing Polypterus senegalus — one on land and one on the water. They discovered that each group was able to adapt to be best suited to its environment.
A. Morin, E.M. Standen, T.Y. Du, H. Larsson McGill University

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 3:18 pm

Scientists examining an unusual African fish that can walk and breathe air think they've learned a thing or two about how our distant ancestors made the leap from the oceans to terra firma some 400 million years ago.

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The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Fatal Shooting At Firing Range Sparks Debate About Safety

A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz., on Wednesday. Instructor Charles Vacca was killed at the range Monday by a 9-year-old girl he was teaching to use an Uzi submachine gun.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:19 pm

A 9-year-old girl in Arizona on Monday accidentally killed her firing-range instructor when she lost control of an Uzi submachine gun.

The news has ignited a debate in the country about access to guns and the wisdom of state law and parents who allow children to shoot them. It also brought up a host of questions. We've answered three of the main ones below:

Is it common for kids to shoot guns at ranges?

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Goats and Soda
2:08 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa

A technician tests fluid samples from Ebola-infected patients at a field lab, run by Doctors Without Borders, in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 3:30 am

For the first time, scientists have been able to follow the spread of an Ebola outbreak almost in real time, by sequencing the virus' genome from people in Sierra Leone.

The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, offer new insights into how the outbreak started in West Africa and how fast the virus is mutating.

A international team of researchers sequenced 99 Ebola genomes, with extremely high accuracy, from 78 people diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone in June.

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All Songs TV
1:53 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Electric Youth, 'A Real Hero (Live)'

Singer Bronwyn Griffin of the band Electric Youth, in a scene from the group's new video for the song "A Real Hero."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:13 pm

Canadian synth pop duo Electric Youth won legions of fans for its song "A Real Hero" after it was featured in the 2011 dark crime film Drive. Originally a duo, soundscape artist and drummer Austin Garrick and singer Bronwyn Griffin are at the center of a four-piece in this video, the first-ever video of the group performing the song.

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Field Recordings
1:37 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ages And Ages, Singing An Anthem For (And With) Everyone

Ages and Ages performs with The Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir backstage at Newport Folk Festival.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Warning: This song will put a smile on your face.

I've seen many magical collaborations at the Newport Folk Festival over the years, as artists band together and create in the Newport spirit. This particular venture was epic, featuring the strongest anthem of the year — by the Portland band Ages and Ages — and the voices of the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Murder Charges Dismissed Against Former Top Thai Leaders

Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister who ordered a bloody crackdown on protesters in 2010 and later encouraged a coup against the elected government, arrives at court on Thursday. In recent weeks, Suthep has become a Buddhist monk.
Narong Sangnak EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 12:52 pm

A court in Thailand has dismissed murder charges against a former prime minister and his deputy who led anti-government protests that triggered a coup toppling the elected government in May.

Thailand's Criminal Court ruled Thursday that it did not have jurisdiction in the case against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.

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