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1:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Look Here: Phone App Checks Photos For Eye Disease

Examples of what the iphone app looks for: The white reflection from an otherwise dark pupil can indicate a tumor, a cataract, or other eye problems.
Claire Eggers NPR

There's now free software for your iphone that lets you check for early signs of certain eye diseases.

The idea for the app comes from a Baylor University chemist named Bryan Shaw — we introduced you to Shaw late last year.

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The Salt
1:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buy Back Program Is Booming

Dr. Curtis Chan, a dentist in Del Mar, Calif., loads up a truck with 5,456 pounds of candy to deliver to Operation Gratitude during the Halloween Candy Buy Back on Nov. 8, 2013. Dr. Chan personally collected 3,542 pounds of candy from patients.
Courtesy of Dr. Curtis Chan

If your little ghosts and goblins dump their candy on the living room floor tonight, go ahead: Let them at it. They can sort, then trade, and gorge on their favorites.

But if you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you may want to get rid of some of this candy glut.

One possible solution? Check out the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, which was founded by dentist Chris Kammer in Wisconsin. Kammer's office offers $1 a pound to buy back candy collected by the young trick-or-treaters in his practice.

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All Tech Considered
1:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Doppelnamers: When Your Digital Identity Is Also Someone Else's

Writer Mike Sager, posing with some of the other Mike Sagers he met, in 2005.
Courtesy of Mike Sager

Finding your email double or Twitter twin is easier than ever, with search engines and social media reminding us how un-special our names really are.

It's made for a few fun mix-ups for Texas-based videographer Justin Dehn, who befriended another videographer named Justin Dehn, who's based in Minneapolis.

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Education
1:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

LA Schools' Technology Expansion Loses Its Biggest Advocate

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Parallels
1:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe

A farmer protesting falling prices dumps cauliflower in front of the prefecture building of Saint-Brieuc in northwestern France, as police look on Sept. 24.
Fred Tanneau AFP/Getty Images

Growth is slowing all over the world right now, and that's especially true in Europe. Much of the continent is on the brink of another recession and even the German economy is sputtering to a halt.

Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are actually experiencing deflation — a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.

Europe's long, slow economic downturn has taken its toll on Javier Oroz Rodriguez, who owns a butcher shop in downtown Madrid.

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