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To Map Or Not To Map The Brain? That's Tonight's Question

All over the world, neuroscientists are trying to answer a question: How do gooey, stringy brain cells produce a mind? If you look deeply into a brain, into the 80 billion brain cells coiled inside your head, could you see a thought in there? A dream? Desire?
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Beef, Tarantula And Gout: Food Critics Suffer, Too

Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni recently revealed he has gout. It's hard for most of us to feel too sorry for people who get paid to eat free meals at posh restaurants, but food professionals will tell you: Eating asks a lot of your body.
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Week In Politics: On Supreme Court And Health Care

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times. They discuss the latest in politics including this week's health care arguments at the Supreme Court.
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NewsPoet: Kevin Young Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month our NewsPoet is Kevin Young. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
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Neuroscientists Battle Furiously Over Jennifer Aniston

When researchers showed subjects pictures of Jennifer Aniston, very specific neurons lit up. And these neurons weren't triggered by pictures of other people. This curious finding is one that brain scientists hope to solve by tracing the pathways in the human brain and creating a map called a connectome.
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As A Life's End Draws Near, A Father And Son Talk

In 2010, David Plant was diagnosed with skin cancer. The cancer has since metastasized to other parts of his body, and David is now contemplating the end of his life. So, just before his 81st birthday, he sat down with his stepson to talk about their life together.
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Love Isn't All You Need: 3 Relationship Building Reads

Love is messy and complicated. But author and psychologist Harriet Lerner recommends three books that can help. They offer advice for keeping a relationship healthy, thoughtful and mature. Is there a book that has helped your relationship? Tell us about it in the comments.
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How To Spot A Mimic Octopus — The Mystery Revealed

Here's a handy guide to the amorphous and vibrant mimic octopus, courtesy of the webcomic xkcd.

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