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Why Nails On A Chalkboard Drives Us Crazy

Robert Siegel talks to Michael Oehler, a music management professor at University of Cologne in Germany, about his study on why people get so irritated by the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. Oehler led a team of researchers from the University of Cologne and the University of Vienna in a study designed to pinpoint the source of this and similarly irritating sounds. Scientists found that the most obnoxious elements of the noises may be amplified by the shape of the human ear.
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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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