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Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death

A Swedish inventor created a watch that counts down the seconds left in your life. He calls it "the happiness watch" because he thinks living with the reality of one's mortality can enhance our lives.

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Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds

The Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer breaks down his three-step writing process, recalls his history in Virginia Beach with Chad Hugo and Teddy Riley, and says anybody can do what he does.

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Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013

Throughout the year, stories about gun violence in the city grabbed the country's attention. Now at the end of the year, the city's crime rate is again big news because it declined so much in 2013, to its lowest level in decades. It's a reality that often doesn't fit the perception of the city.

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Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013
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