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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Last week marked another low-point in the Syrian civil war. A unidentified gunman assassinated a Dutch priest in the city of Homs. Father Frans van der Lugt had lived in Syria for nearly five decades.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.
 
April 16, 2014 | NPR · NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Mar 18, 2014 — Teenagers know they're not supposed to be indulging in risky behaviors behind the wheel, a survey finds, but they're finding it awfully hard to say no. Kind of like adults.
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Oct 31, 2013 — Texting terms of endearment seems to shore up relationships. Affectionate affirmations help mitigate hurts and frustrations, a study finds. But men who get flooded with texts from their significant other tend to say the relationship is unsatisfactory. Women tend to say the more texts the merrier.
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Oct 30, 2013 — They're everywhere — smartphone users who wander the sidewalks, and sometimes into other people, tapping away at their cellphones. Is resistance futile?
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Jul 22, 2013 — Today, with texts, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it's easy to keep relationships ambiguous and uncommitted. But keeping a digital distance from exes is also next to impossible.
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Dec 24, 2012 — The inability to send coherent text messages, or 'dystextia,' is helping doctors diagnose neurological problems. In one recent case, a series of garbled text messages was an early signal that a woman was having a stroke.
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Dec 3, 2012 — Texting may not always be the best method of communication, but it can be a promising support network for smokers who want to quit. Several recent studies show that receiving an encouraging text can help stave off a cigarette craving and boost motivation to quit for good.
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Aug 16, 2012 — What's a professor to do when students are more focused on their electronic gadgets than on class? Commentator and William and Mary professor Barbara J. King writes an open letter to students, and issues them a challenge.
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Aug 8, 2012 — If you think terrific thumbs are all you need to take home the U.S. National Texting Championship, think again. This is no touch and go competition.
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Aug 8, 2012 — Competitors will be in New York City this afternoon for the annual LG U.S. National Texting Championship. There's a $50,000 top prize at stake, BTW.
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Oct 23, 2011 — Leaving and listening to voice messages may be a dying routine, but texts and emails just aren't the same. Producer Priska Neely recently took a long bus trip and decided to go through a full inbox. Voice mail may take longer, but sometimes it's worth it.
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