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How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House

We asked some civil engineers to help us end that yearly holiday housing crisis: collapsing gingerbread homes. With this design, gingerbread families everywhere can enjoy the holidays without having to worry about their roofs caving in.
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On Anniversary Of Apollo 8, How The 'Earthrise' Photo Was Made

The iconic photo taken on Christmas Eve 1968 "came about by accident," says space writer and historian Andrew Chaikin. A new NASA animation shows just how close the astronauts came to missing the shot.
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What Chickadees Have That I Want. Badly

First I look in my right coat pocket. Nothing. Then my left. Nothing. Then my pants, right side — no. Then my pants, left side — yes! This is me at my front door, looking for my keys. Every day.
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Could Big Batteries Be Big Business In California?

Unless the erratic bursts of energy generated on a windy or sunny day can be stored and later measured out in an even way, these renewable sources of power can't be counted on to stabilize the electrical grid. Several battery-making startups hope to help — and reduce electric bills.
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Joe's Biggest Ideas From 2013

NPR's Joe Palca is working on a new beat we're calling Joe's Big Idea. The idea is to explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what he's learned in his first year on the beat.
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Flying This Holiday? Here Are A Few Tips To Survive Airline Food

It's not just lack of quality or freshness that can put a damper on your in-flight meal: Our senses are scrambled at high altitudes. Those sweet and salty sensors might be off as much as 30 percent while in flight.
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Grasslands Get Squeezed As Another 1.6 Million Acres Go Into Crops

Over the past decade, the government has been paying farmers to keep their land covered with native grasses instead of crops. But as grain prices have risen, the conservation reserve has shrunk by more than 25 percent. This decline in native grasslands means more soil erosion and less habitat for wildlife.
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55 Years Later: Commemorating First Space Broadcast

On Dec. 19, 1958, a pre-recorded message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower was sent out from a satellite via short wave. It offered hopes for peace on earth and goodwill toward men everywhere. Of course, it also let the Soviets know the U.S. was catching up in the space race.
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Astronauts On Spacewalk Begin Space Station Repair

Saturday morning, astronauts on the International Space Station carried out the first of three urgent spacewalks to repair a cooling line. They finished the work early, but there's still more to be done.
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And The Number Of The Year Is... The Lowly 2!

It's a small number, but it comes from a search in the world of mathematics that began looking at more digits than we know how to name. Weekend Edition's math guy, Keith Devlin, explains the number's significance with NPR's Scott Simon.

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