July 31, 2009 John Roswell Miller decided he wanted a castle in 1979, so he built Bull Run in Loudoun County, Va. The eccentric estate has drawn "vampires" and people offering to pay to be trapped in its dungeon. Miller, who sold the castle three years ago, takes NPR on a virtual tour.
July 31, 2009 Interactive: What is a castle? There is no absolute definition. Some are modeled after European castles that once housed medieval nobles. Others reflect a personal fantasy of what a castle should be, fueled by a desire to live like royalty. Explore some of the many castles across the United States with this interactive map.
Scientists use laser fluorescent technology and squirts of dye to test how this jellyfish moves ocean water.
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July 30, 2009 Researchers believe that some small marine creatures may help curb global climate change. A new study suggests that jellyfish and creatures like them play an important role in circulating ocean waters, mixing nutrients, and helping to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
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July 28, 2009 Abdullah Abdullah is considered to be the most powerful challenger to President Hamid Karzai in next month's election. The race was once considered to be an easy win for the incumbent, but Abdullah says Karzai missed "the feeling of the people ... which was for change."
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Teddy Roosevelt accepts the presidential nomination at the Progressive Party convention in Chicago on August 6, 1912.
July 27, 2009 The idea of universal health insurance isn't the brainchild of the Obama or Clinton administrations. It started in 1912 when a presidential candidate running under the Bull Moose Party called for insurance for all workers. It was Teddy Roosevelt, trying to regain the presidency.
July 27, 2009 Here's a surprise: Wild crows can recognize individual people. But people — even people who love crows — can't recognize individual crows. Here, two experiments that tell the story.
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July 26, 2009 About 2,700 uninsured and under-insured people received free vision, dental and medical treatment at the county fairgrounds in Wise, Va., the weekend of July 24-26.
July 26, 2009 Remote Area Medical Expedition (RAM) provided free dental, vision and basic medical care to 2,715 people in Wise, Va.
Abullah's supporters greet him with flower petals.
July 26, 2009 Photos: President Hamid Karzai and opponents Abdullah Abdullah and Ghani Ahmadzai hit the campaign trail.
July 23, 2009 Timeline: It's not exactly a family road trip destination, but space travel is beginning to pick up momentum -- particularly among the rich and famous. Here, a look at key moments in the ongoing journey toward spaceflight for all.
July 23, 2009 Interactive: More than 300 lobbyists work Washington for the brand-name prescription drug industry. The trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America alone spent $6.15 million on lobbying in the second quarter, from April 1 to June 30, this year.
July 23, 2009 Narrated Slideshow: To Stephen Alvarez, the underworld is a desirable destination. The vast, uncharted underworld of caves, that is. From the June issue of National Geographic magazine, he takes us with him on a subterranean journey through some of the most majestic cave systems in the American Southeast. Explore this underworld with audio narration by the photographer himself.
July 21, 2009 As the U.S. struggles with a deepening recession on track to become the worst in more than two generations, the impact is being felt across all states, industries and income levels. Meet some of the faces behind America's unemployment numbers. NPR will be checking back with them periodically as they hunt for that increasingly hard-to-find commodity: a job.
July 21, 2009 NPR's Obama Tracker charts significant events and developments in the 44th president's administration.
July 21, 2009 More than half of adult Americans report they have had a spiritual experience that changed their lives. Now, scientists from universities like Harvard, Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins are using new technologies to analyze the brains of people who claim they have touched the spiritual -- from Christians who speak in tongues to Buddhist monks to people who claim to have had near-death experiences. Hear what they have discovered in this controversial field, as the science of spirituality continues to evolve.
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