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Play It Again And Again, Sam

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?

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In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing

Mourners left more than 600 pairs of sneakers at the site, shoes that held deeply personal meanings for runners before the race.

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Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups like WhatsApp and Nest. That has analysts wondering if another tech bubble is about to burst.

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Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide

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Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours

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The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat

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In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing

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Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

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Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

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Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity

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A worker with Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission unloads ballot boxes in Kabul. Ballots have been coming in from all over the country, but results are not expected to be announced for about two weeks. In addition, there will likely be a runoff election between the top two candidates in June. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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After Voting, Afghans Must Now Wait For A Winner

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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

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