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National Zoo Panda Cub Weighs Nearly 10 Pounds

The giant panda cub now weighs 9.68 pounds and measures 18.11 inches.
Brittany Steff, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The giant panda cub now weighs 9.68 pounds and measures 18.11 inches.

Vets at the National Zoo say the cub weighed in this week at a little more than 9 pounds and its nose is starting to lose its pink color and turn black like an adult panda.

The panda cub was born Aug. 23 and is only the second surviving panda cub born at the zoo. The cub is expected to make her public debut in early 2014.

The zoo is currently letting the public vote on her name. The winning name will be revealed Dec. 1.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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