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Movies' March With The Military As Old As Hollywood
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Robert De Niro (left) plays Jonathan Flynn, the father of writer Nick Flynn (played by Paul Dano) who shows up at his son's workplace: a homeless shelter. David Lee/Focus Features hide caption

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'Being Flynn': When Dad Needs To Take Shelter
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A map of neurons of the mouse retina, reconstructed automatically by artificial intelligence from electron microscopic images. A. Zlateski based on data from K. Briggman, M. Helmstaedter, and W. Denk/MIT/Seung hide caption

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The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain
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A scene from Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 sci-fi film based on the novel Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. /The Kobal Collection hide caption

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A visit to the Pinterest home page reveals images of what some say are stereotypically female interests, from women's fashions to recipes. Pinterest hide caption

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Nailing Down The Appeal Of Pinterest
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Filmmaker Jafar Panahi, banned from making films and placed under house arrest by the Iranian government, invites friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb to follow him and shoot something that's not a film. Palisades Tartan hide caption

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Two Books For Kids About How Hard It Is To Fit In
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Putin 101: Understanding Russia's 'Strongman'
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