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Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Two then-students at Dartmouth College built a game-changing mobile robotic football dummy that they say will decrease head injuries sustained from repeated tackling collisions.

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Comparing The Top Boss's Pay To Yours

Starting in 2018, companies will have to disclose how CEO pay compares to median worker pay. A recent survey of the biggest CEO-to-worker pay ratios shows Discovery at the top: nearly 2,000-to-1.

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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Of Recovery And Reflection

Billions Spent On Flood Barriers, But New Orleans Still A 'Fishbowl'

People in New Orleans say the city finally has the storm defense system it should have had before Hurricane Katrina — at a cost of $14.5 billion. Now someone needs to cover the cost to keep it strong.

Louise and Michael Toscano, mother and father of Brooklyn Public Library patron Vera Toscano, on their wedding day. The reception was at the Grand Paradise Ballroom in the Williamsburg neighborhood on May 9, 1926. The photo is now part of the "Culture in Transit" online collection. Courtesy of Vera Toscano/Brooklyn Public Library hide caption

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NPR History Dept.

Holding On Tight To Old New York

Using contemporary technology, the "Culture in Transit" project documents and shares photos and memorabilia that might otherwise be lost forever.

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Parallels - World News

The Secret To Japan's Little League Success: 10-Hour Practices

A Japanese team has again reached the final four of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Its training involves strict discipline, relentless drilling and group responsibility.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Secret Nazi Treasure Train May Have Been Found, Polish Official Says

Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski says images from ground-penetrating radar have him "99 percent convinced" of the location of the hidden train, which may contain gold, gems and other loot.

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's address book, circa 1950-1956 Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's address book, circa 1950-1956 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Fine Art

Peek Inside The 'Little Black Books' Of Some Famous American Artists

Mary Savig, curator at the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., says the contact lists reveal a lot about the artists' personal and professional networks.

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All Songs Considered

Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of August

New music from Joy Orbison, one of the leading lights of the U.K. garage and house revivals, plus more dance tracks for the waning days of summer in All Songs Considered's monthly mix.

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A Colombian Kingpin Gets The 'Goodfellas' Treatment In 'Narcos'

A new Netflix series offers a fictionalized account of how smuggler Pablo Escobar built his cocaine empire. The show is compelling and complex — especially for fans of classic crime stories.

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Defrocked Archbishop Dies Awaiting Trial On Sex Abuse Charges

Former Polish Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was accused of paying for sex with children and possessing child pornography while he served as the Holy See's ambassador to Dominican Republic.

Tiny Desk

Watch: Eskimeaux

There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here, she performs a few songs from the album OK.

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Stargazing From The Street Corner, Telescope And Hat In Hand

Herman Heyn has stood on a Baltimore street corner with a telescope almost nightly for 27 years. He does it for tips, for love of the stars — and for the hope he may inspire the same love in others.

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Book News & Features

'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of modern and Old English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.

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