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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.

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How Carli Lloyd Became A Soccer Star 'When Nobody Was Watching'

Lloyd's journey to success was long and hard-fought. In her new memoir, she describes how she nearly quit playing soccer and reveals painful details about her strained relationship with her parents.

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For Affirmative Action, Brazil Sets Up Controversial Boards To Determine Race

A quota system for public universities and government jobs was meant to increase the number of Afro-Brazilians. But it has been abused, and now a committee will decide an applicant's race.

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It May Not Cost You More To Drive Home In A Climate-Friendly Car

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