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Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export." JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

A Rhythm That's Waltzed Away With Hearts

Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe. But the quintessential high-society dance has surprisingly indecent roots.

DNA from these crab plovers, collected in Djibouti, Africa, should help scientists figure out how the unusual species fits into the family tree, says the Smithsonian's Helen James. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Science

Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.

Stephen Maydwell adjusts tins of Badger Balm before a machine fills them at the W.S. Badger Co. Inc. factory in Gilsum, N.H. Jack Rodolico hide caption

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Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems

Benefit Corporations Look Beyond The Profit Motive

A corporation has one core obligation: to make money. But some companies, known as benefit corporations, also promise to create a tangible benefit to communities and the environment.

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