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Bringing Animals Back From Extinction

It's "Jurassic Park" come true -- sort of. Scientists can't bring back dinosaurs, but they may soon be able to clone DNA from more-recently extinct animals to bring them back to life. Researchers are working now on re-creating a passenger pigeon, a gastric-brooding frog and a mammoth. But the possibility of eventual success has sparked a new debate about the wisdom and the ethics of reversing history.

TED Talk: The Dawn Of De-Extinction. Are You Ready?

Stewart Brand says we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.

NPR

Can You Use That In A Sentence?: Dictionary Adds New Words

The Oxford English Dictionary was updated with a number of new words today, so, naturally, we held a contest to see who could use the most in a single sentence.
NPR

Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.
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National Portrait Gallery Says It Won't Remove Bust Of Planned Parenthood Founder

Conservative groups want the gallery to take down the bust of Margaret Sanger, who they say was racist because of her support for eugenics.
WAMU 88.5

UMUC To Eliminate Textbooks, With Goal Of Saving Students Some Money

The university, located in Prince George's County, says it's a front-runner in making a transition of this magnitude. Students will use online materials instead.

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