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Shake It Up, Baby: Are Martinis Made The Bond Way Better?

In honor of secret agent James Bond, who made his drink preferences crystal clear on film, we investigate the scientific differences between a shaken and a stirred martini. It turns out, you can tell the difference.
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Preventing Silicon Valley's 'Immigrant Exodus'

A new study from the Kauffman Foundation shows that the number of immigrant entrepreneurs in the country has fallen slightly. But according to Vivek Wadhwa, an author of the study, the drop is especially steep in Silicon Valley.
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home Threatened In Arizona

A 1950s-era home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son is facing demolition. The house in a Phoenix neighborhood has fallen into the hands of a developer that wants to build on the site. But a group of preservationists is trying to stop that from happening. Many architectural experts say it's in this structure that Wright worked out his coiling plan for the Guggenheim in New York City.
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Roving Eyes, Wandering Hands In 'How You Lose Her'

Junot Diaz's electric new collection of short stories centers around Yunior, a macho yet mournful Dominican-American man. In these stories about love, lust and infidelity, a good man is hard to find — and when he is found, he's always in bed with someone else.
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From Tim Burton, Another Signature Lovable Loner

The filmmaker is known for his distinctive style, both in his live action and his animated features. As Mandalit del Barco explains, Burton's latest film, Frankenweenie, is a prime example of this style, and also illustrates the reasons he has inspired a generation of fans.
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'Precious' Director Daniels Flocks To Controversy

Director Lee Daniels is best known for his provocative 2009 movie, Precious. On Friday, he's out with The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey. It's about a reporter investigating a murder in the Florida bayous. Daniels tells host Michel Martin why he's attracted to extreme story lines. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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How 'Star Wars' Seduced Another Generation Of Kids

The first Star Wars movie came out 35 years ago, but a never-ending stream of cartoons, books and video games has kept the saga current. Even for little kids too young to have seen the film, Star Wars has turned into a permanent part of their entertainment mythology.
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Re-Creating Indiana Jones' Boulder Run In D.C.'s 'Alley Of Doom'

In an alley in Washington, D.C., strangers came together to simulate Indiana Jones' boulder run, using a very big inflatable boulder.
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Bond Gadgets Stand Test Of Time (But Not Physics)

The James Bond film franchise may be turning 50, but its gadgets will never get old. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and NPR's David Greene dig through the inventory of Bond's best contraptions.
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Capturing Summer's Harvest, One DIY Wine Bottle At A Time

You don't have to own a vineyard to enjoy homemade wine. For fun or family tradition, home winemakers take pride in making a bottle that can't be found on grocery store shelves.

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