A spry 52 when the film was shot, Tom Cruise — still his own stuntman — careens a motorcycle, sans helmet, around a winding Moroccan highway at suicide-miles-per-hour. Bo Bridges/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

Tom Cruise returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the latest Mission: Impossible — a super-fun sequel executed with rigor, clarity and creative use of Puccini's Turandot.

A Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter does a short takeoff (STOVL) from Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., in 2011. Eighteen years after development began, a version of the plane designed for the Marine Corps is expected to be deemed "combat ready." Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Marine Version Of F-35 Reportedly Deemed 'Combat Ready'

With a total program cost estimated at $400 billion and a per-plane price tag of $135 million, the Joint Strike Fighter program is considered the most expensive in U.S. history.

Victoria, a two-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down an 11-yard line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

An estimated 4 to 6 million land mines are scattered throughout Cambodia, one of the world's worst-affected places. Rats possessing an exceptional sense of smell are being trained to detect the mines.

The Ebola vaccine from a trial in Guinea needs to be kept at a temperature of minus 60 degrees Celsius, the World Health Organization says. Storage devices use jet fuel to keep the right temperature for up to five days in the field. Sean Hawkey/Sean Hawkey hide caption

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New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

The trial of the VSV-EBOV vaccine was called Ebola ça Suffit — French for "Ebola that's enough." Researchers say it's both effective and quick, with no new Ebola cases six days after vaccination.

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All Songs Considered

Mac DeMarco Explains His Mini-Album Of Love Songs, Track By Track

The lived-in, sun-bleached songs on Another One explore adjacent angles on love that's simply not going to work out.

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Enrollment counselor Vue Yang (left) reviews health insurance options for Laura San Nicolas (center), accompanied by her daughter, Geena, 17, at Sacramento Covered in Sacramento, Calif., in February. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare KQED

More than two-thirds of Californians who didn't have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014 have it now. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey documents the changes.

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Parallels - World News

Death Of Beloved Lion Heats Up Criticism Of Big Game Hunting

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has highlighted big game hunting. Hunters legally kill more than 600 African lions every year. More than half the tourists hunting in Africa are American.

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People are silhouetted against a nearly full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday, in Kansas City, Mo. July 31 marks the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that has come to be known as a "blue moon." Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

The modern definition of a "blue moon" has nothing to do with its color.

Black Lives Matter activists confronted Democratic candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders at a Netroots Nation event earlier this month. O'Malley used the phrase "all lives matter" twice, which he later apologized for. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Democratic Candidates Stumble Over Black Lives Matter Movement

"Nobody got the messaging right at the beginning," one activist said. "They should have known better." Three Democratic candidates are speaking to the National Urban League today.

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Movies

'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.

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StoryCorps

Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.

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All Tech Considered

In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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All Songs Considered

Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From July

This month's mix features boogie from Australia, funk and techno from London, deep house from Paris, broken beats from Berlin, and a remix of one of last year's most memorable songs.

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Shamir's Campfire-Style Tiny Desk Concert

The singer's disco-infused funk and soul gets stripped down to a lone voice with a guitar, surrounded by an admiring throng of NPR staffers, interns and friends.

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