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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 
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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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dark energy

Jul 9, 2014 — We don't have all the answers; many big questions hang over the world of theoretical physics. Is this business as usual? Or symptom of a major crisis in our understanding of nature?
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Apr 10, 2013 — Science discovers one dark material after another, making reality stranger than fiction. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the recent observation of the Higgs field and last week's announcement of the possible detection of dark matter are just the latest data points in our long quest to know what the Universe is made of.
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May 2, 2012 — Has physics done away with the need for philosophy and theology? While the debate rages on, we might wonder if it's the job of science to deal with final questions.
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Mar 20, 2012 — It wasn't long ago that we thought expansion of the universe was slowing down. Whoops! Science then identified Dark Energy as a force acting against deceleration. The discovery upended cosmology almost overnight.
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Mar 6, 2012 — Left to its own devices it seems the "dark universe" would never be able to make something as remarkable as life. Now that is something to ponder. Perhaps the dark universe makes us matter more than we ever realized.
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Oct 5, 2011 — This years Nobel Prize in physics celebrates what is the biggest mystery in physics today. What's causing the cosmic acceleration?
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Oct 4, 2011 — Nobody expected the result. Nobody knew what to do with it. It came as a complete surprise. It sent cosmologists back to their blackboards, rethinking the structure of the universe and its history. Now the work has earned a Nobel Prize.
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