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Parallels

Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges

What do you do if your country is extremely rich and wants to give its college students a first-rate education without leaving home? Qatar has imported a host of U.S. universities that include Georgetown, Northwestern and Cornell.

Step back in time: This is what 100 million years ago looked like, in a galaxy far, far away. ESO hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Christmas Now: How To Be The Center Of The Universe

Ebenezer Scrooge was famously visited by three ghosts who woke him to the wonders of the life right before his eyes. We can also let the past, present and future converge on us to the same effect. All we have to do is step outside and let the night sky become a time machine.

Ben Stiller has revisited James Thurber's henpecked daydreamer Walter Mitty in a new film that lets him become more conventionally heroic. NPR's Bob Mondello charts the character's changing fortunes over the years. Wilson Webb/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Movies

Another Life For The Surprisingly Multifarious Walter Mitty

James Thurber's nebbishy daydreamer is getting another shot at success in a new film from actor-director Ben Stiller.

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