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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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For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.
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Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
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Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
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2014 Hashtags: #MuslimApologies Grew Out Of Both Anger And Whimsy

Maha Hilal helped launch #MuslimApologies partly as a rebuttal to the more earnest hashtag, #NotInOurName. She tells Audie Cornish how it reflects a divisive conversation in the Muslim community.

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