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Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

An artist's rendering of Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit in the habitable zone of a distant star. T. Pyle/NASA/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone" — where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million, Obama Says

President Obama speaks about health care on Thursday. ACA enrollment has reached 8 million, he said, and it's "well past time" for Republicans to stop trying to repeal it. hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million, Obama Says

"This thing is working," the president said at a news conference Thursday. He added that it was time for Republicans to focus on fixing the economy instead of trying to repeal the health law.

Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

A chimpanzee hangs from a tree trunk in Kibale National Park in Uganda. A new study indicates that chimps prefer a specific tree for sleeping. hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

A new study looking at the nests made by chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Sturgill Simpson's second album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, takes inspiration from both Ray Charles and research into near-death experiences. Crackerfarm/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Record

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country music and you'll hear plenty of surprises, including twists on every element of modern country's church-trucks-and-beer trinity.

'Silicon Valley' Asks If Your Startup Is Really Making The World Better

Kumail Nanjiani (from left) Martin Starr, Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods and T.J. Miller star in Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's new sitcom about young programmers trying to hit it rich. hide caption

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Television

'Silicon Valley' Asks If Your Startup Is Really Making The World Better

Mike Judge's HBO sitcom pokes fun at programmers hoping to hit it rich. It's not the first time Judge has satirized the workplace; his 1999 cult film Office Space explored desk-job-induced ennui.

First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

This mouse egg, top, is being injected with genetic material from an adult cell to ultimately create an embryo — and, eventually, embryonic stem cells. The process has been difficult to do with human cells. James King-Holmes/Science Source hide caption

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Shots - Health News

First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job

While many women continue to work with little change in their duties while pregnant, others find that pregnancy can be a career liability. hide caption

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Law

When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job

Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.

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