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A Parasite Pie Fit For A Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The city of Gloucester will be giving Queen Elizabeth II a traditional lamprey pie for her Diamond Jubilee. But lampreys are scarce in Gloucester. What are they to do?
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Blacksmiths Forge A New, Artisanal Future

Blacksmithing is an ancient trade that, like other crafts, saw a downturn during the Industrial Revolution, when machines took over jobs that humans once did. Now, blacksmithing is having a small revival — and this time it's not just about banging on an anvil.
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Look Up, Stargazers: June 5 Is The Transit Of Venus

The rare daytime astronomical event, in which Venus can be seen as a tiny black dot crossing the sun, won't happen again until 2117. Andrea Wulf, author of Chasing Venus, explains how 18th-century astronomers used the event to calculate the distance between the Earth and the sun.
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One Man's Case For Regulating Hate Speech

In his new book, Jeremy Waldron writes that the U.S. is the only liberal democracy in the world that doesn't restrict hate speech — and that needs to change. He says, "I don't believe it's the role of law to protect people from being offended," but protecting human dignity is another matter.
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That's Jakarta, With A Capital 'J'

Every answer is the name of a world capital. You'll be given clues to its phonetic parts, and you name the capital. For example, given the clues "person from Bangkok" and "salary," the answer would be Taipei ("Thai" plus "pay").
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Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead

Interest in food gardening increased during the economic downturn and has stayed pretty steady. Now some people are even turning to landscaping professionals to swap their lawns for something green and edible.
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'Life Behind The Lobby' Of Indian-American Motels

Chances are, if you've stayed in motels in the past decade, you've stayed in at least one owned by an Indian-American. It turns out more than half of all motels in the U.S. are Indian-American-owned. And even more remarkable, the vast majority of those owners are from one western state in India.
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For Impressionist Jim Meskimen, The Voice Is 'A Sample Of Who We Are'

Impressionist Jim Meskimen does many, many celebrity voices. You may have heard his George W. Bush, or perhaps his Morgan Freeman.

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