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It’s black, it’s white: It’s a dog, it’s a cat: It’s up, no, it’s down...

This morning Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke returns to the Joint Economic Committee to deliver the economic outlook. The inevitable backdrop for the Next Big Thing on the Hill: financial regulatory reform. To recap, just before the recess, Senator Chris Dodd got his bill through the Banking Committee not because any Republicans supported it, but because they decided to hold their fire until the floor fight. Which is now likely to happen very soon. The timing is up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.
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Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.
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A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

When the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.
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In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

A new trend is sweeping the tech world: hiring real people. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wired reporter Julia Greenberg about why tech giants are learning to trust human instinct instead of algorithms.

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