Scientist Adam Steltzner worries about whether the Mars rover landing equipment he helped design will work. But in his garden, where he approaches things like the engineer he is, he is firmly in charge.
Landing on Mars is no walk in the park. It requires years of planning, thousands of engineers and, in the case of NASA's Curiosity rover, billions of dollars. NPR's Joe Palca has covered the last four successful landing missions and has some thoughts about process of getting to Mars.
Congress wrapped up its summer work to take the remainder of August off. NPR's David Welna joins guest host Susan Stamberg to explain what Congress accomplished, and what's left on the must-do list before the November election.
In a much needed sign of hope for the U.S. economy, the Labor Department reported Friday that the country gained 163,000 jobs in July, which was better than expected. Still, unemployment rose a bit to 8.3 percent. NPR's Chris Arnold reports from an annual economics retreat in Maine with reaction from some of the country's top economists and analysts there.
The Goo Goo Cluster, a chocolate-covered bundle of marshmallow, peanuts, and caramel from Tennessee, turns 100 in October. After a long association with Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the gooey treat is looking for a new audience.
That Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is even being considered as Mitt Romney's running mate is somewhat remarkable. Her state has just four electoral votes, and Ayotte has been a U.S. senator for less than two years. But as Romney nears his choice, Ayotte remains in the discussion.
This summer's dry weather is drawing comparisons to the droughts of the 1950s and even the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. Technology and techniques developed from those hard times is helping to save some of today's crops, but there's no substitute for water.
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