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Making Peace With Our Cyborg Nature

What rankles so many of Lance Armstrong's detractors is the sense that somehow, he artificially enhanced himself to reach seemingly superhuman heights. Yet the story of modern humans, argues philosopher Alva Noe, is a story of our integration with artificial and mechanical enhancements.
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Phyllis Diller: Showing, And Celebrating, Her Age

Phyllis Diller, who died at the age of 95 this week, broke down doors in comedy — not just for women, but for the middle-aged.
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Week In Politics: Republican National Convention

Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the presidential campaign, Todd Akin and the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa.
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Ivan Dies At 50: A Gorilla Life, Remembered

Ivan spent decades confined within a small department store display, until activists won the gorilla's transfer to a zoo. Anthropologist and ape observer Barbara J. King remembers Ivan and considers the intense impact — positive and negative — that human actions have on individual animals' lives.
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For Indian Women, Teasing Is No Laughing Matter

Women on the subcontinent may have gained more economic and political clout in the past few decades, but many still cannot escape indiscriminate acts of violence known as "eve teasing." Commentator Sandip Roy takes a look inside the problem and at what women are doing to fight back.
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Sky Sighting: Is That A Thread Of Dark Matter I Spy?

Dark matter, which surrounds most galaxies, plays a key role in the structure of the cosmos. But we can't see it. Or can we? Recently, astronomers used a remarkable effect predicted by Einstein to spot a very tenuous bridge of dark matter linking two galaxy clusters.

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