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NASA's On Alert For Big Scary Asteroids. What About Smaller Ones?

NASA has reactivated a mothballed spacecraft to look for big objects that might strike Earth. It's part of an increased effort to find potential hazards — but some scientists sizing up the sky think we should try harder.

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Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife

Weasel-like fishers, spotted owls and other small predators have become collateral damage as illegal marijuana growers push deep into remote forests of Northern California. Biologists warn that the heavy use of insecticide and rat poison to protect crops is pushing some wildlife species to the edge.

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Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship

When the pint-sized actress and the tap-dancing legend performed their "stair dance" in The Little Colonel, it was considered the first interracial dance performance. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores the offscreen friendship of "Little Miss Sunshine" and Bill Robinson — both icons in their fields.

Petrophonics Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Let's Make the Water Turn Black Frank Zappa

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NASA's On Alert For Big Scary Asteroids. What About Smaller Ones?
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G-Spot Tornado Frank Zappa & Ensemble Modern
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Indian activists from the student wing of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party protest near the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on May 25, 2010, against Wendy Doniger's The Hindus. Penguin Books, India, said this week that it would withdraw the book and pulp it. Anindito Mukherjee/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Author Of Book Yanked In India Says Move Has Backfired
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For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion
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Exclamation! Pete Levin
D-Natural Blues Porky Cohen & Roomful of Blues

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Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship
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Song and Dance [From The Littlest Rebel] Shirley Temple
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Drought Politics Grip California's Central Valley
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A Deeper Red Jim Chappell
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Breakdown Eleven (Return) Robert Een

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Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife
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Green Gabrial McNair, David Ralicke et. al.
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Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'?
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Sad Family Ennio Morricone

Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey play Claire and Francis Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards. When the second season is released on Friday, audiences can expect to see more ruthless behavior from these power-hungry characters — but are they antiheroes, or plain old villains? Nathaniel E. Bell/Courtesy of Netflix hide caption

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Antihero Or Villain? In 'House Of Cards,' It's Hard To Tell
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Swoon Reads: The Next Romance Bestseller, Selected By You
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To Strive, To Seek, To Find: The End Of A Baseball Era
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Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9) [Variation 27]
Turning Point Hiroshima