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2:34 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Caveats About Favored Access Method For Dialysis

What's the best way to connect patients to dialysis machines?

When it comes to dialysis, one method of accessing the blood to clean it gets championed above the rest. But quite a few specialists say there's not enough evidence to universally support the treatment's superiority or to run down the other options.

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All Tech Considered
2:31 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

This is a calculated flood map for the city of St. Louis. Water depth goes from deep (dark blue) to shallow (white, light blue). Flood water can come from the Illinois, Upper Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, as well as from heavy local precipitation.
Courtesy of Dag Lohmann/Katrisk

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:07 pm

A small company in California is hoping to make a big splash by providing detailed flood maps to homeowners and insurance companies. And to do that, the company is using one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

The company is called Katrisk, based in Berkeley, Calif. Hydrologist and computer modeler Dag Lohmann is one of the company's founders. He says the flood maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency already produces will tell you how prone a particular area is to flooding.

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

California Governor Signs School Vaccination Law

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a controversial vaccination bill into law on Tuesday.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 3:09 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country a day after the state Legislature gave the measure final approval.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Venus And Jupiter Set For A Close Encounter Tuesday Night

A NASA projection shows the path of Venus and Jupiter; the two planets will converge in the Earth's sky Tuesday night.

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 3:31 pm

It's not as if two worlds will collide tonight — Venus and Jupiter are only converging into a small area of the Earth's sky. NASA says the two bright planets will be "a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart."

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Code Switch
2:07 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

A Slave Plantation Tour Guide Recalls Awful Questions From White Visitors

Michael Coach Flickr

Over at Vox, a white woman who until recently was a tour guide at a historic Southern plantation recounts some . . . interesting questions she got from the mostly white tourists she encountered over the years, some of whom had jaw-dropping ideas of what slavery was really like.

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