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The Two-Way - News Blog

11 Dead, 150 Injured After Earthquake Hits Southern Taiwan

Rescue operations are underway in the city of Tainan, on the southern end of Taiwan, after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck at 3:57 a.m. local time. About 120,000 have lost power.

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Shots - Health News

Families Near The Gas Leak Wonder: Is Home A Safe Place To Be?

Most health officials say the small amounts of benzene and other components of the natural gas still leaking in Southern California are probably not a health threat. Still, some parents worry.

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Monkey See

Small Batch: How To Eat The Super Bowl

Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast joins us for a talk about the eternal question: If you're watching the Super Bowl, what are you eating while you do?

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Law

Court Gets Unusually Specific On Police Taser Gun Use

A federal court recently gave strict rulings against police use of Taser guns in five Southeastern states. Courts had traditionally avoided hard and fast rules on use of force.

The Bataclan concert hall in Paris was the scene of carnage during November's terrorist attack. The lifesaving actions that night by Didi, a security guard of North African descent, have only recently become known. Survivors say he may have helped save 400 to 500 people. Francois Guillot /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In France, A Quiet Hero Belatedly Comes To Light

A security guard risked his life to save hundreds in November's Paris attacks. "We saw the worst things that night, the worst human beings ever. And then we saw the best," says one survivor he helped.

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Movie Reviews

In 'Rams,' Two Icelandic Brothers Tend Troubles Of Flock And Family

Gummi and Kiddi are two sheep-herding brothers who've spent a lifetime butting heads near the top of the world. When a disease threatens their flocks, they must overcome decades of estrangement.

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All Tech Considered

OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

It can be too easy for students to Google an assignment before they stop to think about it. Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.

According to legend, the Explorers Club — a society of scientific adventurers — served its members a prehistoric dish at its annual dinner in 1951. By some accounts, the mystery meat was woolly mammoth; by others, extinct giant sloth. Now DNA analysis has provided a definitive answer — and unraveled a decades-long deception. Katherine Du/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Two Grad Students Use Science To Bust The Dinner Hoax Of The Century

In 1951, members of the scientific Explorers Club thought they had dined on prehistoric meat dug out of the Alaskan tundra. The meal became legend. Now two Yale students have unraveled the deception.

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