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April 23, 2014 | NPR · They say they were placed on the list for refusing to inform on other Muslims. The suit is part of a broad wave of cases challenging the secretive no-fly list and U.S. counterterrorism strategies.
 
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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.
 
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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Shakespeare's Globe Theater aims to take the Bard's iconic play to every country in the world. It will perform everywhere from prestigious theaters to Pacific island beaches.
 

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April 21, 2014 | NPR · Last year a scientist said he'd found a new form of botulinum toxin, and was keeping details secret to keep the recipe from terrorists. But other science and public health labs were shut out, too.
 
April 23, 2014 | NPR · Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making?
 
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April 23, 2014 | NPR · For decades, a mysterious quacking "bio-duck" has been heard roaming the waters of the Southern Ocean. Now scientists say the source is a whale.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.
 

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Apr 13, 2014 — In a recent essay, David Graeber develops a playful panpsychism according to which play is the organizing principle of reality. Alva NoŽ suggests, more darkly, that it is work that organizes us all.
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Feb 28, 2014 — Could it be that we are living in a giant, convincing simulation? If so, we've got a lot to be mad about, says commentator Alva NoŽ.
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Feb 26, 2014 — As we learn more about the brain, we should ask whether learning too much might, ultimately, compromise our freedom. Simulating reality could be a threat to reality, warns commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
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Nov 22, 2013 — What is a brain but a cloud of elementary particles? If that's the case, then isn't the world a just figment, an image or a confabulation? Commentator Alva NoŽ asks if our world, the world described by science, is any more real than the stories in the Bible.
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Jun 14, 2013 — We face a paradox: Although we lack sufficient reason to believe in the consciousness of others, it would be plainly unreasonable for us to give up this commitment.
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Jun 12, 2013 — Science is often accused of extinguishing our enchantment with the world, of being too cold and rational. Quite the opposite is true, says Marcelo Gleiser. Modern science has restored a sense of wonder to the world with its revelations of objects unseen and realities unknown.
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Dec 23, 2012 — New research takes on the question: "Are you a simulation?" It's a question some, including commentator Adam Frank, enjoy with a sense of humor. Others aren't sure they even want to now the answer.
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Dec 16, 2012 — Science offers us Nothing But and we like it. Why? Why do we like to be told that we are nothing but our brains, when, after all, this is patently untrue? Alva NoŽ presses the question.
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Jun 5, 2012 — The Uncertainty Principle says that at some level the world turns fuzzy and the idea of properties as perfectly objective, knowable attributes gets inherently fuzzy.
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Nov 9, 2011 — Can our minds tells us what is real and what is not? Or do we live in a kind of fog, only imagining we know what's "out there"?
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