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From The Ruins Of A Tsunami, A Rebuilt Aceh Rises Anew

The December 2004 Asian tsunami left nearly a quarter of a million people dead. Indonesia's Aceh province was among the hardest hit. But nine years on, the province is home to a largely successful reconstruction effort, a peace deal between separatists and the government, and economic progress.

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The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right? Guess again.

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Playboy Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, it has created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.

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The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

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From The Ruins Of A Tsunami, A Rebuilt Aceh Rises Anew

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California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste

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Tough Commute This Morning? Your 'Journey' Could Have Been Worse

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'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass

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Skier Vies For A Spot On Team USA After Breaking Both Legs

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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

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How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club

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'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

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For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read

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