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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Aug 4, 2014 — The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission has taken the long way to reach Comet 67/P. Later this week, it will finally arrive.
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Jul 26, 2014 — Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what's causing them.
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Apr 8, 2014 — Scientist Lawrence Krauss says clips of him were "mined" to lend credibility to The Principle, a film he describes as "stupid" and "unbelievable."
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Mar 26, 2014 — Scientists didn't think asteroids had the gravitational heft to support rings, but they found one small object with two of them, which may signal rings might be a common feature.
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Jan 10, 2014 — Astronomy professor Alicia Soderberg is turning the final moments of stars into music. In doing so, she's learning just how different the supernova explosions can be.
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Dec 17, 2013 — A study in the U.K. reaffirms a view of our galaxy held in the 1950s that was later challenged by images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Jun 25, 2013 — New observations of a fairly well-studied star have revealed a system with at least six planets, three of which are in the star's habitable zone. This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system.
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Jun 12, 2012 — The sky is really, really scary. It's full of explosions, collisions and deadly cosmic rays. It's full of good reasons to develop a healthy dose of existential dread, something NYT columnist Maureen Dowd can relate to.
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Jun 4, 2012 — There is far deeper and far more intimate reason why the Venus transit matters and it's all about Time.
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Apr 21, 2012 — A survey of the sky fails to find signs of Dark Matter, a totally unexpected result. If the observations stand up to scrutiny, our understanding of the universe could shift significantly.
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