All Things Considered http://kajx.org en Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://kajx.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 22:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 17499 at http://kajx.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' http://kajx.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 17496 at http://kajx.org Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://kajx.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 17489 at http://kajx.org Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market http://kajx.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 20:09:00 +0000 editor 17475 at http://kajx.org Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes http://kajx.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 20:09:00 +0000 editor 17476 at http://kajx.org