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2012: The Year Of The Smart Superhero Movie

Last year was supposed to be a great year for the superhero movie, but it turned out to be hype: Neither Green Lantern nor Thor reached expectations. Looking ahead to 2012, there will be another bout of superhero movies, but this time, says NPR's Neda Ulaby, they actually might take off.
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Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool

Lecturing has never been an effective teaching technique, and now that information is everywhere some say it's a waste of time. Now, physicists have the data to prove it. But efforts to lose the lecture encounter resistance — sometimes from students.
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A Quick Look At The Year Ahead

As the new year gets under way, we take a quick temperature check on some key areas to see what the prognosis might be. The topics: politics — domestic and global — and economics.
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An Amazing Trickeration?: Banished Words For 2012

At Lake Superior State University, college officials have been releasing a list of banished words since 1976. Words that you're not allowed to say this year include "baby bump" and "occupy." It's a list destined to receive some "blowback."
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For Some Tribes, New Year's Foods Provide A Sacred Link To The Past

Native American tribes in Eastern Oregon recently marked kimtee inmewit, a ceremony that welcomes the sacred new foods of the new year. The tribes see these foods not just as nourishment, but as a connection to ancestors.
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2012: A Better Year, Unless Europe's Debt Blows It Up

The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.
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2012 Elections May Settle Scores In The Senate, Too

While all focus on has been on the future of the White House, the fate of the Senate hangs in the balance of 2012 as well. Host Audie Cornish talks with Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report about what's at stake in the U.S. Senate.
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GOP Candidates Join Another Party For New Year's

How did the Republican candidates celebrate the new year in Iowa? NPR's Sonari Glinton finds out.
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New Year? How About A New Calendar?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have devised a different way to count our days — with a leap week every few years to keep the calendar on track.

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