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Architecture

Belle Of The Mall: Saving Smithsonian's Jewel-Like Arts And Industries Building

With its spires, rotunda and colorful facade, the Arts and Industries Building is a festive relief compared with its neighbors. But restoring the Smithsonian's first museum hasn't been easy.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Are We The Earliest Intelligent Life In The Universe?

A new paper suggests there are good reasons to predict that life will be increasingly common in the universe as the eons pass, says guest blogger Marc Kaufman.

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Preview The New Album From James Vincent McMorrow, 'We Move'

A dewy Irishman with a falsetto-flecked voice, McMorrow gives himself an impressive makeover on a stylistically adventurous new album.

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U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo prepares to kick the ball during the Olympic quarterfinals Aug. 12 against Sweden in Brasilia, Brazil. After the Americans lost the match on penalty kicks, Solo described the Swedes as cowards. On Wednesday, U.S. soccer suspended her for those remarks. Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Suspends Hope Solo For Sweden Comments

After losing to the Swedes in the Olympic quarterfinals, the longtime goalkeeper said "we played a bunch of cowards." Solo was widely criticized.

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Pop Culture

Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.

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Ex-Aid Worker: Abuse Of Refugee Children On Nauru Was Mostly Ignored

Viktoria Vibhakar, formerly of Save the Children Australia, says little was done to protect refugee children who alleged abuse on the island nation of Nauru, where Australia has kept refugees.

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Shots - Health News

Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine

A genetic test of breast cancer tumors helped identify women whose survival odds would not be greatly improved by chemotherapy. But that test isn't as precise as women and doctors might like.

Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine

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Music Reviews

Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

Frankie Reyes is a Los Angeles-based artist who remakes classic Mexican and other Spanish-language ballads and waltzes using a vintage synthesizer. His new album is called Boleros Valses y Mas.

Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

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Science

Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf

Earth's changing climate has made the quest to understand wave behavior more important than ever, scientists say. Rising seas, storm surge and dune and reef erosion all shape Florida's Gulf Coast.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

WATCH: Squishy 'Octobot' Moves Autonomously

The robot designed by a team from Harvard University moves without the help of any rigid parts. Researchers say it is the first proof-of-concept design for an entirely soft, autonomous machine.