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As Egypt Votes On New Constitution, Space For Dissent Closes

The government is cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and youth activists associated with the 2011 revolution in what many analysts say is a full-blown counterrevolution. Egypt's path to democracy is in doubt. Yet for many Egyptians, stability trumps democracy — at least for now.

Russian police officers detain a gay-rights activist during a protest outside the Winter Olympics organizing committee office in Moscow. Clashes over gay rights put NBC in a difficult position: Olympic officials insist that the games should not be politicized, while activists push the network to report on the issue as a journalistic enterprise. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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How Will NBC Cover Gay Issues During Sochi Olympics?

Mainstream Russian media outlets don't cover gay issues neutrally — let alone positively. So, as the nation gears up to host the Winter Olympics, activists are calling on Western media to shed light on the plight of gay Russians. That puts NBC in the awkward position, as both a journalistic enterprise and a business partner of the Olympic Games.

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This Expensive Rubber Mat Could Be The Synth Of The Future

Fit with rubbery keys and advanced electronics, the newly minted keyboard is designed to realistically mimic other instruments, thus allowing one player to sound like many. Christopher Werth speaks with the instrument's inventor, Roland Lamb, to understand just how it works.

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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

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As Egypt Votes On New Constitution, Space For Dissent Closes

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Ford's New F-150 May Pave The Way For More Aluminum Cars

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How Will NBC Cover Gay Issues During Sochi Olympics?

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Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

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Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory

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Is '16 And Pregnant' An Effective Form Of Birth Control?

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Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing

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This Expensive Rubber Mat Could Be The Synth Of The Future

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