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How To See A Galaxy In Your Toilet Bowl

The relationships between big and small, near and far, then and now can be perplexing. Commentator Adam Frank says you can bring it all into focus by spending a little quality time with your toilet.

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It Lives! It Rocks, Too — In Fact, This Music Does Many Things

As all snowdrifts melt sometime, so too does winter end. But this playlist, built from your picks, has a thousand lives of its own — fit for cardio, cleaning and even bringing the sick back to life.

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For Those Unable To Talk, A Machine That Speaks Their Voice

Most people diagnosed with the devastating Lou Gehrig's disease will lose their ability to speak. But one man in Washington state recorded his own voice onto a machine that will one day talk for him.

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Quick Response Dom Minasi

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Problems Linger For Boeing's Flagship 787 Airliner

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How To See A Galaxy In Your Toilet Bowl

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Double Personality Hiromi
I'm Walkin' Christian Howes & Robben Ford
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ISO Romance: Dating Sites Help Older Singles

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Disconnect Jeremy Kittel

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Chris Christie's Sandy Problem

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Shape of My Heart Lee Ritenour's 6 String Theory

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For Those Unable To Talk, A Machine That Speaks Their Voice

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The Colombian Politician With An Incredible Back Story

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