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What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

Across the Midwest this summer, scientists are wading into 100 streams to collect water samples and check cages for fish eggs. It's part of a large study to understand how pesticides and agricultural chemicals from farms are affecting the nation's streams.
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Americans' Dining Technique Was Long-Abandoned By French

From the European viewpoint, the American style of cutting food can look absurdly inefficient and outdated. Slate contributor Mark Vanhoenacker explains that Americans inherited their "cut-and-switch" table habit from 18th century Frenchmen. The French long ago abandoned the decorative way of eating, but Vanhoenacker tells Audie Cornish, the Americans somehow have held on tight.
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Pittsburgh Pirates Surprise Baseball Fans With Winning Season

Robert Siegel talks to Jonah Keri, baseball columnist for the website Grantland, about the Pittsburg Pirates' amazing season.
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Jobs Keep Growing. How Soon Should The Fed Stop Helping?

The latest data from the Labor Department suggests there's a bit more wind in the sails of the economic recovery. Still, the job growth in the private sector now appears to be strong enough that some people worry that the Federal Reserve might start to pull back on its efforts to boost the economy.
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Genes May Reveal When Aspirin Won't Reduce Heart Risk

Millions of people take aspirin to avoid heart attacks and strokes, but it doesn't work for everyone. Researchers say they've found a group of genes that could be used to identify people who aren't helped by aspirin. The question is whether there are other remedies that would help.
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40 Years Of Disco Duds Prove A Teacher Can Be Awesome, Too

In every school photo for the past 40 years, Texas gym teacher Dale Irby wore the same '70s-era sweater vest and wide-collared shirt. It began as a dare and become something much better. We knew our parents were awesome. He proves our teachers were too.
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Oooh! Aaah! Faces In The Fireworks

Photographing fireworks can be tough, so we asked our interns to take portraits of the crowd taking in the colorful display at the National Mall.
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How To Spend $442 On A 15-Minute Cab Ride

The price of a ride in a New York City pedicab is notoriously unpredictable. "The whole business is based on hustling," one driver says. That's about to change.
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Florida Family, Historic Yacht Presumed Lost Off New Zealand

An intense search for an American family sailing the rough seas between New Zealand and Australia has ended after two weeks of fruitless attempts to find their sailboat.
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With Rising Temperatures, Infrastructure Falters

As the western U.S. continues to bake in 100-plus degree heat, the high temperatures are making pavement buckle and power lines droop. Vicki Arroyo of the Georgetown Climate Center talks about heat's effects on infrastructure, and how cities can adapt for increasing temperatures.

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