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Scientific Advances In Prosthetic Limbs

How technological and medical advances in prosthetic limbs are changing lives.


Hello....Is There Anybody Out There?

The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute's Jill Tarter has spent decades searching for the signals that would tell us we aren't alone in the cosmos. Tarter discusses the hunt, and what the presence of intelligent life elsewhere might tell us about our own future on Earth.

Book News: Microsoft Rumored To Be Interested In Buying Nook

Also: rare footage of William Faulkner; drag and Virginia Woolf; and the art of translation.

Peers Find Less Pressure Borrowing From Each Other

The Internet has managed to disrupt many industries, from publishing to music. So why not lending? Google's recent investment in Lending Club has raised the profile of peer-to-peer lending, which gets borrowers and lenders together outside the conventional banking system.

What We Can Learn From The Viral Spotlight On Charles Ramsey

A compelling television interview with Charles Ramsey, who helped save three women held in captivity in Cleveland, quickly became an online meme in the vein of Antoine Dodson and Sweet Brown. Slate's Aisha Harris and Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post discuss what Harris has called the viral trend of the "hilarious black neighbor."

Stunning Satellite Images Show A Changing Globe

Google teamed up with the USGS, NASA and TIME magazine to release a stunning cache of satellite images compiled over the past 28 years.
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Unplugged: Overcoming Our Digital Obsession

Tech writer Paul Miller went offline for a year to see if it would make him a better person. We hear what it was like, and how you can take meaningful but less drastic steps to unplug.


Consumers Facing Subscription Service Overload Will Only Get More Choices

Consumers already have an abundance of choice when it comes to entertainment and news subscriptions. But analysts say it's still early days for all the digital subscription offerings we'll have to pay for.