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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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Apr 2, 2014 — Evidence of ultra-fast cosmic expansion forces us to confront the possibility that the multiverse exists. But how will we ever know? It's a problem that could leave us tangled up in knots.
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Oct 22, 2013 — Science is radical and conservative at the same time, almost as if it exists in a quantum state. Commentator and astrophysicist Adam Frank says this is the tension at play today as his community struggles with whether to keep faith in the laws that determine the one universe we see or jump ship for the promise of the multiverse.
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Apr 30, 2013 — Time is special. How we see it helps determine how we see the rest of the Universe. Physicist Lee Smolin has a new book out that says we've been looking at time the wrong way. Adam Frank digs in and offers his own perspective on Smolin's argument.
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Feb 27, 2013 — The Universe could end tomorrow, courtesy of the newly-discovered Higgs. But, as commentator Marcelo Gleiser explains, there is really no need to panic.
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Feb 20, 2013 — The Universe is different from the universe in commentator Marcelo Gleiser's eyes. It's not about grammar. It's about cosmology, about what we know versus what we are able to imagine.
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Jan 9, 2013 — Modern cosmology predicts the existence of other universes. But can such idea be tested? And should we worry about universes colliding? Yes! Welcome to the world of cosmic catastrophism.
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Oct 3, 2012 — In 1543 Copernicus moved the Earth from the center of the cosmos to a less exalted position. In 1924 Hubble did it again, moving our galaxy from the center of the universe to its place in the crowd. Are we on the verge of realizing our universe also is just one among many?
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Sep 19, 2012 — The multiverse is supposed to be the mother of our Universe, and a multitude of others. But can we ever be sure of its existence? And if we can't, is this science?
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Jan 11, 2012 — Did time start with the big bang? What's outside the universe? Here are answers to these and other questions you always wanted to ask about the universe.
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Oct 25, 2011 — How long is long enough when it comes to waiting for a new cosmology? How long will scientists, or everyone else for that matter, wait for an exciting, though speculative, theory to find some basis in experiment?
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