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If you want perfect stickiness, look to gecko feet – not a crayfish straightjacket.
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In the 1960’s, Margaret Howe had a very unusual roommate: a bottlenose dolphin named Peter.

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For little kids, cul-de-sacs can be great, but they do have some real, quantifiable design flaws.

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Studies show that potato chips with a louder crunch taste better to us, even when the chips are identical. And changing the background music can make chocolate taste sweeter or more bitter. In eating, sound is the forgotten sense.

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Stories of how people cope after brushes with death. Sometimes death comes as a disease. Sometimes it swims up and bites you. And sometimes it’s a pen or pencil, sitting there, just waiting for you to ingest it.

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If U.S. schoolteachers are indeed “just a little bit below average,” it’s not really their fault. So what should be done about it?images

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Martin Luther King Jr. Is Still On the Case! In 1968, just hours after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the future Pulitzer Prize–winning author Garry Wills—then a young writer for Esquire—rushed to Memphis, Tennessee, where he watched as King’s body was embalmed at the mortuary; later, Wills traveled twelve hours by bus with mourners to King’s funeral in Atlanta. download (4)

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A transformation of medicine is underway, a transition from a science of treating disease to a science of health.
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The Sunshine Hotel opened in 1922. Rooms—or really, cubicles—were 10 cents a night. In 1998, the hotel had raised it’s rates to 10 dollars a night and it was managed by resident Nathan Smith.

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One day comic Jay Larson’s phone rang. And the people on the other end of the line thought they knew who they were talking to. So Jay decided to play along.

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You’ve seen these ads: “You can work from home and get rich. It’s easy. Call this number!” So, what happens when you respond?

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Why Podcasting Matters. WNYC and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism team up to discuss definitions of success in podcasting, past, present and future accelerator

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Roosevelt, Kennedy, Eisenhower … they all got a pass. But today we peer back at the moment when poking into the private lives of political figures became standard practice.

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Ryan and Amy Green were facing the unfaceable: their youngest son, Joel was diagnosed with terminal cancer And the two of them stumble upon an unlikely way of processing their experience: they decide to turn it into a video game. 3382865257_7dedef23b0_o

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Amy O’Leary was fed up with her ex-boyfriend’s hard-drinking, when she discovered a French doctor’s memoir titled The End of My Addiction. The fix that he proposed seemed too good to be true. But her phone call with the doctor left her intrigued. Could this malady – so often seen as moral and spiritual – really be beaten back with a pill?

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Living alone has its perks: no one to tell you what to eat, how to decorate, or when to go to bed. But there’s also no one to split the bills with.

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The skyline of beautiful downtown Oakland, California, is defined by various towers by day, but at night there is one that shines far more brightly than the rest: the neon-illuminated Tribune Tower.
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When you die you can pass on your money to your kids. You can leave them your car and your house and your tropical parrot collection.
But your image—what you look and sound like—that’s a trickier issue. Especially when it’s the most valuable thing you own. 464_001

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Leslie Miley went from being a college dropout to Twitter’s only black engineer in a leadership position. So why did he quit?

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Miscommunications can be pretty typical occurrences for Latinos who are bilingual or bicultural. Often they’re harmless or even humorous—like a boy who thought his grandmother wanted to take him to a “baby city,” not that she was going to babysit him. But miscommunications can also have grave consequences.

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As a kid, Marvin Miller dreamed of starting an all-sign language town — a place where deaf would be the norm. Then, ten years ago, he found the land to build it

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If you saw ILUV911 on a license plate… what would you think it meant? Starlee Kline investigates. magnifying-glass-303909_960_720

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If someone smokes pot multiple times a day, but is still a highly functional partner, parent, and worker — is there a problem?

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Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, including the story of one very disgruntled Christmas elf. cartoon-angry-xmas-elf-boy-looking-55478936

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“All that matters is the money” How money has destroyed American elections.
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“Finally, they hit this kind of wooden barrier and they break through it, and this old man from the neighborhood steps up and says: ‘Well I see you’ve found the cow tunnel’.”

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