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Why Are Colleges Really Going Test-Optional?

In announcing that it will no longer require applicants to submit SAT scores, George Washington University said it hoped to improve campus diversity. It is the latest school to throw its weight behind the test-optional movement.

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Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound

Squirrels Mimic Bird Alarms To Foil The Enemy

It can take more than just a keen ear to figure out what animals are saying. Sometimes, scientists are learning, you have to talk back to map the rich networks of conversation in a forest.

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Trouble Sleeping? A Composer Wants To Help

If counting sheep isn't working, British composer Max Richter's latest piece might. Sleep is eight hours long and designed to help listeners get some shut-eye.

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Federal Ferguson Review Finds More Than 100 Lessons For Police

An assessment of police response to the demonstrations in the Missouri city calls into question strategies like the overwatch tactic, with officers using rifle sights to survey the crowd from tactical vehicles.

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Spreading The Word: Obamacare Is For Native Americans, Too

Many Native Americans rely entirely on free care from the financially strapped Indian Health Service. Advocates say signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can broaden their choices.

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Dock-To-Dish Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program has launched in California.

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Director Of Taylor Swift's New Video Defends His Work

"Wildest Dreams" depicts a love story set in Africa around 1950, Joseph Kahn notes. It did not have a political agenda, he says, and it did have people of color both in front of the camera and on the creative team.

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Global Tree Census Leaves Researcher Astonished — And Worried

Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.

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Here's What We Know About The Kentucky Clerk Refusing Marriage Licenses

The Rowan County clerk who has become a divisive figure in the national debate on gay marriage has been summoned to a federal court for a hearing on whether to hold her in contempt.

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