Star Trek's Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk never even lose pocket change when they use a transporter to get from TV's Starship Enterprise to distant worlds. What gives?
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Teleporting from one place to the next looks so fun on the big and little screen. But physicists who actually can do something like that with single atoms say teleporting people would be much messier.
Tribal Chairman Bill Iyall stands on Cowlitz Tribe reservation land with a rendering of the casino the tribe hopes to build on the site near La Center, Washington, just north of Portland, Ore.
The dispute between two Native American tribes comes down to historical claims on a casino's proposed site — and also business.
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Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity.
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Nationwide, juvenile incarceration has dropped by half since 1999 — but the probations that have replaced it hold teens to sometimes subjective standards and often include electronic monitoring.
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Vince Gill and Paul Franklin of The Time Jumpers perform at 3rd and Lindsley in 2014. The band has a standing Monday-night gig at the small Nashville club.
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3rd and Lindsley, a performance space for big and small acts in Music City, lets the music shine by keeping things (like its name) simple.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Southpaw, a new film about a junior middleweight boxing champion who faces adversity.
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Commentator Frank Deford isn't crazy about the new boxing movie Southpaw. He says its shortcomings are typical of Hollywood's depiction of boxing.
Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia on Nov. 22, 2014. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away.
The State Department's annual human trafficking report this year gives special attention to slavery in agriculture and fishing. Human rights advocates say there's much work to be done to fight it.
A shortage of lifeguards across U.S. cities could be a fallout of the recovering economy.
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This summer, even the most crowded pools are struggling to hire enough lifeguards, and are cutting hours as a result. In a rebounding economy, teens are opting for higher-paying jobs or no job at all.
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The soul singer, who just released his debut album, unearths the roots of his retro sound as this week's All Songs Considered Guest DJ.
Tiny Desk Concert with Paul Weller.
The beloved Britpop veteran stops by the Tiny Desk with songs from his new album, Saturns Pattern — and one from his best-known record, Stanley Road.
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Zoe Kabuye, 14, is a star "rap-orter" on the rapping Ugandan show NewzBeat.
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Uganda is bringing young eyeballs to the evening news with a team of rappers who inform and amuse.
Carol McMullen-Pettit (right), a Premier Tutor at The Princeton Review, goes over SAT test preparation with 11th-grader Suzane Nazir in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
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George Washington University is the latest and one of the largest private universities to drop its admissions testing requirement.
Dana Bowerman's lifelong best friend Michelle Elliott holds a photograph of the two together. Bowerman is serving a nearly 20 year sentence for federal drug conspiracy charges. She was holding out hope for clemency for nonviolent drug offenders but it is unlikely that she will receive an early release date.
The Obama administration offered to help non-violent offenders like Dana Bowerman, but more than half the applications sent to the Clemency Project 2014 have not been processed.
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Cecil the lion is shown walking in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park in a YouTube video from July 9, 2015. Credit: Bryan Orford
The killing of the beloved lion, hunted for sport, has been condemned by wildlife conservationists. Authorities say he was lured away from a protected park, wounded with a crossbow and later shot.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, seen here arriving at NFL headquarters last month, sought to destroy evidence in the "deflategate" incident, says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady supported "the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs" below required levels, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says.
Circa 1974: a photo of Vic Firth, the former principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a leader among percussion equipment manufacturers.
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He was with the Boston Symphony for 50 years, and his name was also stamped on the sticks of drummers from Buddy Rich to Charlie Watts to Questlove. Firth died Sunday at age 85.
Tina Fey talked about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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On demand is on demand, as it turns out, whether it's video or audio. Even Tina Fey says so.
3-D renderings of four skeletons found buried near the altar of an early church in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.
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Scientists say remains of four men exhumed from what was once an Anglican church suggest they were well-nourished, "high-status" leaders in the early 17th century colony. And one was likely Catholic.
Artists are reinventing the humble tea bag, letting its contents and simple shape and color shine in beautiful, fragile art. Some are even farming out the drinking to get to the used bags.