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Back At Base
2:26 am
Tue May 26, 2015

A Special Focus On Caring For Vets At The End Of Their Lives

A wall of tributes, prayer cards and notes of appreciation from families whose loved ones have been cared for at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:18 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Caring for the nation's veterans at the end of their lives can be a complex task. Service members — especially combat veterans — can struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret.

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2:25 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

A blind visitor to Spain's Prado Museum runs his fingers across a 3-D copy of the Mona Lisa, painted by an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci. The 'Touching the Prado' exhibit features 3-D versions of the museum's most famous works.
Ignacio Hernando Rodriguez Courtesy of Prado Museum

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:04 am

It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."

But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.

The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.

It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings.

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2:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Property Owners Throw Cold Water On N.J. Shore Protective Dunes Plan

Thacher Brown stands at the edge of the dune behind his Bay Head, N.J., home in November. Brown, who rebuilt a dune in front of his house after Superstorm Sandy, says he opposes Gov. Chris Christie's plan to widen beaches and build dunes along the state's 127-mile coastline.
Wayne Parry AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:04 am

In 2013, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered state agencies to do whatever it took to build an engineered dune system along the entire Jersey Shore to protect from storms like Sandy.

Most oceanfront property owners have signed the necessary easements and dune-building is finally starting this spring on Long Beach Island.

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All Tech Considered
2:23 am
Tue May 26, 2015

With Live Video Apps Like Periscope, Life Becomes Even Less Private

With the Periscope app, owned by Twitter, it's easy for smartphone users to stream their own video live.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:07 am

Cameras are ubiquitous — from the ones in our cellphones to the security cams in parking lots and shops. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video is raising new questions about privacy.

Streaming video cameras aren't new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. Periscope is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.

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2:21 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

The paper industry struggled in the last decade, but some sectors have fared better than others.
Christopher Groskopf NPR

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:04 am

There's a scene in the television series The Office that says all you need to know about the paper industry's image these days. The sad-sack of a company, Dunder Mifflin, is launching an advertising campaign — and just in time, says one of the sad-sack employees. Whenever he tells people he works for Dunder Mifflin, they assume the company make mufflers or muffins or mittens but "frankly all of those sound better than paper, so I let it slide."

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