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What Earthquakes Can Teach Us About Elections

Political historian Allan Lichtman says he sees elections the way geophysicists see earthquakes — as events fundamentally driven by structural factors deep beneath the surface, rather than by superficial events at the surface.
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You Can Thank A Whey Refinery For That Protein Smoothie

Milk isn't just something you drink anymore. It's become a raw material, like crude oil, that's refined into more valuable products, such as sugar for infant formula and protein powder that's used in energy bars.
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The Beatles' Surprising Contribution To Brain Science

When we listen to a new musical phrase, it is the parts of the brain that control muscle movement, not areas involved in hearing, that help us remember what we've heard. Keeping the notes in order is a little like getting your muscles to move at the right time.
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Can Dumping Iron Into The Sea Fight Climate Change?

Climate and ocean scientists are questioning a "rogue" experiment off the Canadian coast. A native village dumped hundreds of tons of iron into the water to cause a bloom of plankton, which would then capture greenhouse gases.
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Protection From The Sea Is Possible, But Expensive

Norfolk, Va., has spent decades — and millions of dollars — raising houses and building barriers to successfully hold back the sea. Expanding such efforts to other vulnerable coastal areas, such as New York and New Jersey, could work, but costs could reach the billions.
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Norfolk, Va., Puts Flooding Survival Plan To The Test

The city has spent many years studying how to survive flooding in an era of rising sea levels. The centerpiece of its survival strategy is a comprehensive plan to keep water out of some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods.
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EPA: Hyundai, Kia Exaggerated Fuel Economy Ratings

U.S. regulators have found that Hyundai and Kia motor corporations have overstated the fuel economy for many of their vehicles. Melissa Block speaks with Jerry Hirsch of the Los Angeles Times about the issue and what it means for the auto makers that had been on the rise in the U.S market.
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Ray Kurzweil: "How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed"

Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the brain works, how the mind emerges from the brain and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of human intelligence.

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