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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Singularity

Feb 11, 2013 — This week many will buy chocolates, flowers and sappy cards for their loved ones in celebration of Valentine's Day. We here at 13.7, however, are marking the week in a different way. We'll be celebrating intellectual inspiration with posts each day on figures who have influenced our own views.
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Nov 30, 2012 — Will machines over take us, as futurists and writers of science fiction like to think? Not to worry, says commentator Alva NoŽ. They already have. We are the singularity.
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Nov 14, 2012 — Human-machine integration looms on the horizon, with a promise to redefine who we are as people. Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is an apostle of the coming Singularity, a time when it is envisioned that technology will advance to the point that life is redefined as something other than what we know and experience today.
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Jun 20, 2012 — What happens inside a black hole? Do the laws of Nature go haywire? A new NASA mission may shed some light into Nature's most enigmatic objects.
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Mar 23, 2011 — Can we live forever, even if part of a virtual animation inside an ultra-smart computer? Is this the future of humanity, what lies beyond the singularity? Should we be elated or terrified?
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Jun 14, 2010 — Is a merger of man and machine in the cards for the human race? Some very smart people think so and they are working toward that goal right now.
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