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Bored ... And Brilliant? A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone

Studies suggest we get our most original ideas when we stop the constant stimulation and let ourselves get bored. The podcast New Tech City is challenging you to disconnect — and see what happens.

A man walks past a makeshift memorial for French Muslim policeman Ahmed Merabet near the site where he was shot dead by gunmen, close to the headquarters of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In France's Muslim Community, Stories Of Heroism, And Some Fear

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The Green-Meldrim House in Savannah, Ga., is where Gen. William T. Sherman held meetings with local black leaders, creating the plan later known as "40 acres and a mule." Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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The Story Behind '40 Acres And A Mule'

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Get Behind the Mule Booker T. Jones & Booker T
Cool Man Cool Grant Geissman
No Sleep Mike Elizondo, Jose Antonio Pasillas II et. al.
Despojo Paquito d'Rivera
Brain Tease Victor Bailey
Jeannine Steve Herberman
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Veronica Ramirez holds her 15-month-old son, Lora, as she waits in line Monday to apply for a new municipal identification card at the Bronx Library Center in New York. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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New York City ID Could Open Up Doors — And Privacy Concerns

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Ephraim Benton, a former resident of Tompkins Houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, is now an actor. Benton started a community-based organization called Beyond Influencing Da Hood, which puts on health fairs, film festivals and various free community events in his old housing project. This photo was taken in front of his old building in Tompkins Houses. Courtesy of Shino Yanagawa hide caption

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An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

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Prelude #2 Tracy Silverman
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Political signs in Gilbert, Ariz. are permitted to be larger and stay up longer than "directional" signs like those pointing residents to local church services. Bruce Ellefson/ADF hide caption

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In Battle Over Church Signs, Is Ariz. Town Being 'A Little Unreasonable'?

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The president spoke about one measure aimed at the data collected in schools, through increasingly popular educational software. "Michelle and I are like parents everywhere," Obama said. "We want to be sure our children are being smart and safe online." Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Obama: 'If We're Going To Be Connected, Then We Need To Be Protected'

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Shintotech Iridescence Eraldo Bernocchi, Bill Laswell et. al.
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The 5:2 diet calls for two days per week of minifasting where the aim is to go a long stretch, say 14 to 18 hours, without eating. During these two fasting days, you also eat only about 600 calories, give or take. Viennaslide/the food passionat/Corbis hide caption

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Minifasting: How Occasionally Skipping Meals May Boost Health

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Fast Food Barbara Dennerlein
Midnight Interlude Mark O'Connor