Soldiers assigned to the 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, participate in desert training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., in 2009. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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National Security

Training For War In The Middle Of The Mojave

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?

The New And The Next

From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces

These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.

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Author Interviews

Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.

Soldiers assigned to the 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, participate in desert training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., in 2009. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert

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Accelerate Shawn Lee
Spectre Tycho
Ballad of Sparrow Young The Gentleman Losers
Street Beat DJ Revolution
Tumbledown Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra
Compared to What [Live] Les McCann & Eddie Harris