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To Infinity And Beyond: Would-Be Astronauts Keep Faith In Uncertain Era

As NASA moves away from manned missions, the private sector is taking on the task. Those hoping for a ride are as eager as ever, and space exploration hasn't lost a bit of its luster.
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Want To Create A Space Symphony? Wait For A Solar Storm

Although you can't hear anything in space, scientists can still use sound to understand the solar system by turning data collected by NASA satellites into sounds and music. Listen to how one sonification specialist creates music out of eruptions on the sun.
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West's Allure Dulls Monkhood's Luster For Some Buddhists

Since the Dalai Lama's exile from Tibet in 1958, reincarnated high lamas have been born in, or exposed to, the West at an increasing rate. Journalist Tim McGirk wrote about the effects of that exposure in this month's issue of The Believer.
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Rise Early And Shine: Teachers And Students Try Out Longer School Days

Kids may not like the idea of extending the average six-hour school day, but some educators and politicians do. They are experimenting with ways to increase enrichment classes and make it affordable for school districts.
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As Islam Grows, U.S. Imams In Short Supply

The more than 2,100 American mosques are facing a challenge. There aren't enough imams, or spiritual leaders, to go around.
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Chinese 'Pingpong Diplomacy' Player Dies

Zhuang Zedong's gift to an American table tennis player paved the way for President Nixon's groundbreaking visit to China. Zhuang was 73.
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Eerie Echoes From The First State Of The Union

What were the issues George Washington raised in the State of the Union address 223 years ago? Some of the same ones you're likely to hear from President Obama on Tuesday night.
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Bloomingdale's Lays Out Welcome Mat To Chinese Shoppers

Decades ago, Bloomingdale's sold goods from China to intrigued American buyers. Today, to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year, the store is doing the opposite: selling goods that cater to the interests of affluent visitors from Asia.
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The Pups Are Prepped, Bring On The Westminster Ribbons

It's that time of year when dogs put on their best smiles for the judges at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with David Frei, the official commentator at the show. Frie has been the official announcer for more than 20 years and certainly knows his boxers from his bulldogs. The 137th annual dog show starts on Monday, Feb. 11 at Madison Square Garden.

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