New Hampshire Public Radio http://news.nhpr.org en Solar Power: Brightening Prospects In New England? http://news.nhpr.org/post/solar-power-brightening-prospects-new-england <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This sun-fueled source is one of the fastest growing types of renewable energy in the country.&nbsp; Although still a tiny piece of the energy portfolio, many are taking note of this expansion, including traditional utilities.&nbsp; We’re looking at these brightening prospects for solar in New Hampshire and New England and the challenges that might cloud its future growth.</p><p></p><p><strong>GUESTS:</strong></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 47272 at http://news.nhpr.org Solar Power: Brightening Prospects In New England? Reports: FCC Poised For About-Face On Net Neutrality http://news.nhpr.org/post/reports-fcc-poised-about-face-net-neutrality The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to propose new rules that amount to an about-face for the regulator when it comes to net neutrality, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/technology/fcc-new-net-neutrality-rules.html?smid=tw-bna"><em>The New York Times</em></a> and <em><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304518704579519963416350296?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories&mg=reno64-wsj">The Wall Street Journal </a></em>are reporting based on unnamed sources.<p>According to the papers, the FCC is planning to allow Internet service providers to sell a faster Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 47302 at http://news.nhpr.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://news.nhpr.org/post/obama-gets-taste-jiros-dream-sushi-name-diplomacy President Obama kicked off the first leg of his tour of Asia on Wednesday with some sushi diplomacy.<p>He dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a revered and tiny temple of sushi in Tokyo called <a href="http://www.sushi-jiro.jp/eng-index.html">Sukiyabashi Jiro</a>. The subterranean restaurant, with just 10 seats at the counter, was made famous by the 2011 documentary <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/148737187/cameras-follow-worlds-greatest-sushi-chef">Jiro Dreams of Sushi</a>.<em> </em><p>Obama emerged with a thumbs-up review. "That's some good sushi right there," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:20:00 +0000 NPR Staff 47301 at http://news.nhpr.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record http://news.nhpr.org/post/costly-hepatitis-c-pill-shreds-drug-industry-sales-record The launch of Sovaldi, the $1,000-a-day pill for hepatitis C, is shaping up as the most successful ever.<p>The Food and Drug Administration approved the pill in December. And then Gilead Sciences was off to the races. The company said it sold $2.27 billion worth of Sovaldi in the quarter that ended March 31. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Scott Hensley 47299 at http://news.nhpr.org Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' http://news.nhpr.org/post/scientists-pinpoint-source-antarctic-quack For decades, researchers and submarine crews in icy waters off the coast of Antarctica have been picking up a mysterious quacking sound.<p>The "bio-duck," as its called, has been heard on and off since Cold War patrols picked it up on sonar during the 1960s.<p>"It goes 'quack, quack, quack, quack,' " says <a href="http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/psbAcousticsPeople.html">Denise Risch</a>, a marine biologist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. "It has this almost mechanical feel to it."<p>Some thought it might be a secret Soviet sub. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 47296 at http://news.nhpr.org Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights' http://news.nhpr.org/post/brazil-becomes-one-first-adopt-internet-bill-rights Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed into law a kind of Internet bill of rights on Wednesday.<a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25621388/brazil-passes-an-internet-bill-rights"> </a><p><a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25621388/brazil-passes-an-internet-bill-rights">As the AP reports</a>, the law enshrines access to the Web, guarantees neutrality and "puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in Brazil. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 47297 at http://news.nhpr.org Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights' Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back? http://news.nhpr.org/post/why-are-we-spiteful-even-though-it-bites-us-back Maybe you turn up your music when your neighbor complains about the noise.<p>Or maybe you curse a baby princess because you didn't get invited to her christening, as in "Sleeping Beauty" and its latest incarnation, the upcoming movie "Maleficent."<p>To see spite in its purest form, try brunch in New York. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 47295 at http://news.nhpr.org Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back? New Ad Attacking Shaheen Uses Disputed Statistic http://news.nhpr.org/post/new-ad-attacking-shaheen-uses-disputed-statistic <p>The latest television ad attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., for her support of the Affordable Care Act features a statistic on premium increases in New Hampshire that's been widely disputed.</p><p>The 30-second spot, paid for by Americans for Prosperity, focuses primarily on the so-called narrow network of providers in New Hampshire, which excludes 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:47 +0000 Brian Wallstin 47266 at http://news.nhpr.org Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit http://news.nhpr.org/post/belieb-it-or-not-justin-offends-asian-fans-shrine-visit Pop star Justin Bieber has been lurching from <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/justin-biebers-2013-a-year-of-mishaps-controversies-sobbing-fans-and-fake-retirements-9030439.html">crisis</a> to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2574166/Judge-orders-police-video-showing-Justin-Bieber-urinating-Miami-jail-cell-released-blackout.html">crisis</a> in recent months, but his latest faux pas could be his biggest, risking the affections of possibly a billion Beliebers.<p>During a trip to Japan, the 20-year-old Canadian singer appears to have visited perhaps the Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47298 at http://news.nhpr.org Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury http://news.nhpr.org/post/education-may-help-insulate-brain-against-traumatic-injury A little education goes a long way toward ensuring you'll recover from a serious traumatic brain injury. In fact, people with lots of education are seven times more likely than high school dropouts to have no measurable disability a year later.<p>"It's a very dramatic difference," says <a href="https://www.hopkinsresearch.org/BIO/BIO_BioPg.aspx?User_ID=37446">Eric Schneider</a>, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins and the lead author of a new study. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 47284 at http://news.nhpr.org Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes http://news.nhpr.org/post/chile-wildfire-litters-questions-ash-burned-out-homes In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 47294 at http://news.nhpr.org Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market http://news.nhpr.org/post/big-time-home-sales-stoke-hope-northeast-housing-market Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 47293 at http://news.nhpr.org New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://news.nhpr.org/post/new-browser-plug-would-literally-annihilate-headline Mike Lazer-Walker created a free browser plug-in called Literally, which replaces the word "literally" with "figuratively" in all online text. As the website explains, that's literally all it does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 47292 at http://news.nhpr.org Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals http://news.nhpr.org/post/blockbuster-trades-are-changing-face-pharmaceuticals Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 47288 at http://news.nhpr.org On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus http://news.nhpr.org/post/television-more-transgender-characters-come-focus Over the past year or so, I've looked at how TV's expanding universe represents <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/02/168215115/whos-gay-on-tv-dads-journalists-investigators-and-footmen" target="_blank">gays and lesbians</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/05/18/184832930/working-women-on-television-a-mixed-bag-at-best" target="_blank">working women</a>. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 47287 at http://news.nhpr.org On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus