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'Shadow': New Light On Islamic History

Islam is conventionally thought to have arisen in the Arabian desert, free from any outside influences. But a new book by historian Tom Hollander provides some surprising historical context — and an origin story quite different from the one most people know.
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Queen Sails Through Diamond Jubilee

Hundreds of thousands crowded the banks of the Thames Sunday to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II leading a flotilla of a thousand boats to mark her 60-year reign.
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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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Backyard Planet Gazing - The Transit of Venus

On June 5 at 6:03 p.m., Venus will appear as a small black dot floating across the surface of the sun. We explore the history and science of the Transit of Venus.

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Why Ignorance Trumps Knowledge In Scientific Pursuit

In Ignorance: How It Drives Science, neuroscientist Stuart Firestein writes that science is often like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room. Firestein discusses why the hit-or-miss process, the "not knowing" is the true engine of science.
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A Palisades Man Digs Up Neighborhood's Early History

A Palisades man is recovering his neighborhood's early history - one pottery shard and spear point at a time.

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A Family's Visit To Holocaust 'Stumbling Stones' Evokes Strong Emotions

When NPR's Jeffrey Katz took his family to see the stones memorializing his relatives who were victims of the Holocaust, he was struck by the "selfless dedication of a new generation of Germans who feel a responsibility to keep their memories alive."
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Legislation Could Thwart Return Of Holocaust Art

Many families who lost artwork during the Holocaust have long sought to reclaim their treasures. They could face a new obstacle. Proposed legislation in Congress would protect museums from their claims.
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D.C. Library Asking For Chuck Brown Memorabilia

The D.C. Public Library is trying to preserve the memory of D.C. music legend Chuck Brown, and so are asking residents to donate their Chuck memorabilia to be preserved in a collection.

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Kafka's Final Absurdist Tale Plays Out In Tel Aviv

A self-described cat lady and the state of Israel are locked in a battle over what may be unpublished manuscripts by Franz Kafka. In a story that is, well, Kafkaesque, the papers are in a small Tel Aviv apartment, in the possession of an elderly woman who has refused to let experts see them.

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