Two years ago today, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people living near the plant were forced to flee. The World Health Organization recently predicted a very small rise in cancer risk from radioactive material that was released. For the nuclear refugees, though, anxiety and depression could be the more persistent hazard. Correspondent Geoff Brumfiel traveled to Fukushima prefecture and met victims of the accident to see how they are coping.
Samantha watches her brother Nicholas play piano. Their mother says that a new customized voice created by researcher Rupal Patel from a young Samantha's voice sample is happy and has a sweetly familiar quality. "My son — my son Nicholas — I could hear some of his voice in it," she says.
Ever since she was a small child, Samantha Grimaldo has had to carry her voice with her.
Grimaldo was born with a rare disorder, Perisylvian syndrome, which means that though she's physically capable in many ways, she's never been able to speak. Instead, she's used a device to speak. She types in what she wants to say, and the device says those words out loud. Her mother, Ruane Grimaldo, says that when Samantha was very young, the voice she used came in a heavy gray box.
"Cutting Ribbon, Man In Wheelchair, Paintings (Version #2), 1988" shows John Baldessari's signature technique, faces covered with colorful circles. The practice had its genesis when the artist idly stuck a price sticker on the face of someone pictured in a newspaper clipping.
In 1970, John Baldessari burned everything he had painted between 1953 and 1966. "I said ... 'I don't really need them.' So I decided I'll just destroy them." After that, Baldessari turned to photography and sculpture.
If you've had wrist and shoulder pain from clicking a mouse, relief may be in sight. This spring, a new motion sensing device will go on sale that will make it possible for the average computer user to browse the Web and open documents with a wave of a finger.
The Leap Motion Controller is on display at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, for the first time. It's one of the most talked about startups at the conference, where some 26,000 people have gathered to see emerging tech companies.
Of all the posters plastered around Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters — "Move Fast and Break Things," "Done Is Better Than Perfect" and "Fail Harder" — Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has a favorite: "What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?"
"[It's] something that I think is really important and I think very motivating," Sandberg tells NPR's Renee Montagne. " ... I wrote in my book, what I would do if I wasn't afraid is, I would speak out more on behalf of women."
Virtuoso Showcase: From Flute to Double Bass Dutilleux: Sonatine for Flute and Piano Bottesini:Gran duo concertante for Violin, Double Bass and String Quartet Weber: Quintet in B-Flat Major for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 34
Virtuosic Duos Rolla: Duetto Concertante in E-Flat Major for Violin and VIola, Op. 15, No. 1 Berio: Selected Duets for Two Violins, Nos. 1, 2, and 6 Saint-Saens: Sonata No.1 in D Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 75
Greg, Tom, and Liz talk with Jenny Brown, co-founder & director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Brown explains how a childhood bout with cancer and the companionship of a cat awakened her awareness to the inner lives of animals. As an adult, Brown did undercover investigations of factory farms to try to expose the abuses at these facilities. Brown also talks about trying to convince people that there really is no difference between our beloved companion animals and the animals at factory farms who eventually end up on our grocery shelves as bacon or ground beef. www.woodstocksanctuary.org
The American conservative movement has its homecoming this week: the Conservative Political Action Conference, where everyone from politicians to peddlers is out to inspire the faithful.
Last year, one of the headline speakers was former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who harked back to the second-ever CPAC in 1975, when Ronald Reagan laid out a vision for a conservative Republican Party.
She invoked his image of a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels.