A building called Sustainability Base, at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., has an energy-efficient design that allows in sunlight. So for most of the year, the interior is illuminated by natural light. Dominic Hart/NASA hide caption

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All Tech Considered

NASA Uses Lessons From Space To Design An Efficient Building

Named Sustainability Base, a NASA facility in California is a model for energy-efficient federal buildings. It's powered by a fuel cell like those used on spacecraft and recycles water for flushing.

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After Paris Attacks, Obama Administration Changes Visa Waiver Program

Holes in the visa program that allow easy entry into the U.S. are being re-examined. President Obama is taking steps to tighten the program, while Congress works on a fix.

Historian Mary Beard says real gladiator competitions were probably not as brutal as the film Gladiator (starring Russell Crowe) would have us believe. Still, she says, "I loved Gladiator and I thought its depiction of gladiatorial combat, although it was an aggrandizing picture, was cleverly and expertly done." Universal/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Interviews

From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture — like the play Julius Caesar or the film Gladiator — rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR.

After a 4.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Cushing, Okla., in October, state regulators ordered oil companies to shut down several disposal wells. That seemed to slow the shaking — at least for a while. Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma hide caption

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Around the Nation

Earthquakes Shake Oklahoma's Confidence In Oil Hub Security

A surge in earthquakes in the state is now a national security threat. No damage has been reported, but operators at the hub are on high alert for a disruption that would ripple through the U.S. energy market.

A man walks through hundreds of pairs of shoes displayed in Paris as part of a rally called "Paris sets off for climate" on Sunday, Nov. 29. More than 140 world leaders are gathering around Paris for high-stakes climate talks this week. Laurent Cipriani/AP hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

How Psychology Can Save The World From Climate Change

A new paper says it's better to focus on concrete manifestations of climate change in our lives today — and what can be gained by making changes now — says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis, and it was poised to become a manufacturing giant because of its unique geography. As industry grew, so did an infrastructure of freeways that connects the ports to the eastern reaches of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, where factories had the space to expand. John Francis Peters for NPR hide caption

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American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape

What Gets Made In LA Is Way More Than Movies

Los Angeles is home to the most manufacturing jobs in the U.S., from clothes to metal parts to new aerospace tech. Companies have reinvented themselves, even as they struggle to find skilled workers.

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First Listen

Preview Tom Jones' New Album, 'Long Lost Suitcase'

Long Lost Suitcase is not just Jones' story, but also the story of America's musical roots spreading to reach the whole planet, generation by generation.

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