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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Science And The Agony Of Ignorance

Astrophysicist Adam Frank reflects on the fact that while many of his questions for the universe can be answered, some are beyond him now — and may remain so for the rest of his life.

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Declares Candidacy For President

Declaring "America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness" in the White House, the Republican said he is ready "to fight for the people of the United States of America." He made the announcement at his high school alma mater, where he had been class president.

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With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race

Runners have a 30-hour cutoff in which to finish the Western States Endurance Run. Rob Krar won the race in 14:48:59, but the loudest cheers were reserved for Gunhild Swanson who clocked 29:59:54.

Tiny Desk

And The Kids: Tiny Desk Concert

The fun, colorful trio plays music that's full of life, with dissonant sounds that still feel suited for singing along.

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Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Siri's elaborate reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance.

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Code Switch

Overriding Anatomy: Calif. Law Considers Gender Identity After Death KQED

When Christopher Lee died in 2012, his friends told the coroner that he was transgender. His death certificate nevertheless listed him as female. "It felt like spitting on his grave," one friend remembers. So she set out to change the law.

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