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Bringing new meaning to the words "critical mass"

In the language of physics, "critical mass" refers to the smallest mass of a fissionable material that will sustain a nuclear chain reaction at a constant level.

In socio-dynamic terms, "critical mass" is used to describe a sufficiency of momentum whereby conditions become self-sustaining.

In the United States Senate in January of 2010, "critical Mass" is the state that's having a special election today to determine who will occupy the seat held by the late Ted Kennedy.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

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Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they're finding ways to keep the arts alive.
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'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
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Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.
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Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims

Cyberstalking has transformed domestic abuse in the U.S. Tracking tools called spyware make it cheap and easy for someone to monitor a partner secretly, 24 hours a day.

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