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By the Book: What Sells vs. Critical Darlings

The literary novel praised by respected critics at numerous news outlets languished on your nightstand. But the book with an eye-catching cover that didn't get much ink, but came recommended by a friend in a sci-fi book club, kept you riveted. That's one of many reasons best-sellers and buzzworthy books don't always match up. We consider the cultural factors that bring a book to readers' attention and what it takes for a title to keep it.

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To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.
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How A Cheese Factory Is Transforming The Landscape Of Northern Colorado

Leprino's is the largest mozzarella manufacturer in the world. Now that the company is expanding, Colorado dairy farmers are beefing up their operations. The changes don't come without costs.
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Kasich Dropping Out Of Presidential Race; Donald Trump Assured GOP Nomination

The Ohio governor is suspending his presidential campaign, leaving Donald Trump as the last man standing. Kasich won one state — his home state — and trails far behind in the delegate count.
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Not Just Bitcoin: Why The Blockchain Is A Seductive Technology To Many Industries

From bank regulation to military messaging, the blockchain is offering a wide potential to change the way online transactions and communications are carried out.

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