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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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Serena Williams Takes Tennis For A Ride

The U.S. Open tennis tournament starts next week and, as commentator Frank Deford points out, Serena Williams may be the best reason to watch.
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50 Years Later, New Dog Replaces A Long-Lost Friend

Commentator Andrei Codrescu has finally found a dog that, in his mind, replaces the dog his mean stepfather sold when Codrescu was 5 years old.
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The City As Engine: Energy, Entropy And The Triumph Of Disorder

The second law of thermodynamics is a kind of warning to cities and civilization. No matter how clever we are, disorder, waste and pollution will always follow from our work organizing societies into cities.
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NewsPoet: Tess Taylor 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 Tess Taylor. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.

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