Morning Edition for July 17, 2013
Jul 17, 2013 — The number of babies born with the life-threatening disease will climb by a third in the next 40 years, scientists say. The vast majority of sickle cell cases will occur in developing countries, which don't have the resources to treat deadly complications arising from the genetic disorder.
Jul 17, 2013 — This doesn't look like your trusty potato battery: a prototype device made by scientists at the University of Maryland uses wood fibers coated with carbon nanotubes to create an electric current.
Jul 17, 2013 — Government investigators are trying to solve an agricultural whodunit: How did genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale end up in a farmer's field in Oregon? Some are raising the possibility of sabotage; others suspect simple human error.
Jul 17, 2013 — A billion people worldwide live in slums, largely invisible to city services and governments — but not to satellites. A global movement is putting mapping technology in the hands of slum dwellers to persuade governments and the residents themselves to see these shadow cities in a whole new light. NPR's Gregory Warner visits one slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Jul 17, 2013 — Car enthusiasts are trekking across the U.S. this year along Lincoln Highway. The transcontinental trips are part of centennial activities for the road known as "The Main Street Across America," and a unique group of tourists started their journey all the way in Norway.
Jul 17, 2013 — Female bodies sprawl across canvases in a retrospective of work by pop artist Tom Wesselmann, now on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. If the images make you blush, that's just part of a long artistic tradition.
Jul 17, 2013 — Barbie sales have slumped. But Monster High is doing great. That's another line of dolls from Mattel — imagine even skinnier Barbies that look like they've been designed by Tim Burton. And the Monster High dolls have been a success, spawning hordes of ghoulish imitators.
Jul 17, 2013 — Commentator Frank Deford has cooked up a plan that invokes Tinker Bell for baseball's annual All-Star Game.