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Stories for August 8, 2011

Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes To Ice

Aug. 8
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"Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes To Ice" follows engineers and scientists from all over the world as they race against the clock to have the Phoenix Mars Lander ready for its narrow window of opportunity to blastoff from Cape Canaveral on its interplanetary trajectory. Once there, "Phoenix" and its sensitive instruments will have a window of approximately 90 days to collect data before the brutal Martian winter sets in.

California Joins 'National Popular Vote' Movement

Aug. 8
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California could eventually award its presidential Electoral votes to the candidate that wins the national popular vote. That’s one of several election-related bills Governor Jerry Brown signed Monday.

Bag It

Aug. 8
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Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and frightening ways. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its affect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.

How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?

Aug. 8
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In this fascinating program, esteemed naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough takes a look at the problems we face as a continuously growing species. From Mexico to Spain, China to Rwanda, ecologists, demographers, farmers, engineers and family planning clinicians report on the enormous challenges of dealing with humans in ever increasing numbers. But should population control be the duty of each one of us?

For Navy SEAL Team 6, A Huge Loss For A Small Unit

Aug. 8
Rachel Martin, NPR
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The U.S. Special Forces held a changing of the guard Monday, and it should have been a moment to recount triumphs, like the raid that killed Osama bin Laden just three months ago.

Economic Turmoil Could Wash Over San Diego

Aug. 8
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego home builders will likely suffer if interest rates jump because of the nation's credit rating downgrade and stock market volatility.

Cleaning Up The San Diego Bay

Aug. 8
Midday Edition
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Who is responsible for cleaning up the toxic sludge in the San Diego Bay and how is this an environmental justice issue?

UCSD Partners With Pfizer For $50 Million Early Drug Discovery

Aug. 8
City News Service

UC San Diego Health Sciences announced today a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer that is designed to shorten the time it takes to bring research discoveries to the marketplace.

Identity Theft Or Tactic To Keep Petition Off Ballot?

Aug. 8
Midday Edition
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Does petition signature gathering open you up to Identity Theft? The San Diego Labor Council says yes, but those behind the City Reform Pension plan say that unfairly targets the measure they're trying to get on the ballot.

San Diego's Salk Institute - Paving Way To Feed World

Aug. 8
Midday Edition
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Researchers at Salk Institute have mapped the genome sequence of a plant - that leads the way for widespread implications for agriculture and possibly human medicines.

Want To Boost Your Workout? Eat Chocolate

Aug. 8
By Marissa Cabrera

UCSD research suggests eating dark chocolate can significantly boost your workout.

Family, Friends Remember Fallen Fighters As Heroes

Aug. 8
Associated Press
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The brothers, fathers, sons and uncles who died when a U.S. military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan all had something in common: a love of family and country.

Markets Put The 'Down' In 'Downgrade'

Aug. 8
NPR Staff And Wires
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged through the 11,000 mark Monday, closing more than 600 points down on the first trading day after U.S. debt was downgraded by a major ratings service.

San Diego Bay Sediment A 'Toxic Soup'

Aug. 8
By Ed Joyce
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There's a lot of harmful material at the bottom of San Diego Bay threatening marine life.

Review: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Aug. 8
By Beth Accomando
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I have to confess, I'm a sucker for ape movies from "King Kong" to "Planet of the Apes," I love those primates. And now there's a prequel to "Planet of the Apes" with the unwieldy title of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (opened August 5 throughout San Diego).

Insight: Ramona Tries To Make A Better Downtown

Aug. 8
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Civic leaders in Ramona will attend a workshop this week to look for ways to make their town center more walkable, attractive and profitable.

Despite Concerns, Airbnb, Couchsurfing Gain Popularity In San Diego

Aug. 8
Maya Kroth
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The city of Coronado is cracking down on short-term vacation rentals, but San Diegans seem eager as ever to turn their homes into hotels. Reporter Maya Kroth takes a look at how local homeowners are using the internet to make some extra money while other San Diegans are using it to travel more affordably.