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So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those made with classified intelligence.

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For 'Lent Madness,' Reverend Pits Saints Against Each Other

Rev. Tim Schenck created the March Madness-type bracket in the true spirit of the season. People learn about, then vote for their favorite saints to advance to the Golden Halo.

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Finding A More Nuanced View Of Poverty's 'Black Hole'

Thirty-seven percent of New Yorkers faced severe material hardship last year, but the city's official poverty rate is only 21 percent. Researchers are trying to find a better way to measure poverty.

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Scientists Discover Remnants Of St. Louis' French Colonial Past

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Why Is Guinea's Ebola Outbreak So Unusual?

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Changing The Face Of Astronomy Research

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For 'Lent Madness,' Reverend Pits Saints Against Each Other

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Deford: Paying College Athletes Would Level The Playing Field

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Honne/Tatemae Gifts from Enola
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