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The core of the RBT-3 reactor at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, Russia. Some scientists suspect the institute's work on medical isotopes might explain radioactivity detected over Europe. Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.

A Bangladeshi child works in a brick-breaking yard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 3, 2017. The broken bricks are mixed in with concrete. Typically working barefoot and with rough utensils, a child worker earns less than $2 a day. Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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New Numbers On Child Labor Are Not Encouraging

A report from the U.N.'s International Labour Organization looks at how many children work, what kind of jobs they perform — and how to stop it.

Chef Erin French, who is self-taught, opened the Lost Kitchen in her hometown of Freedom, Maine. This year, when the restaurant began taking reservations on April 1, it sold out all seatings for the entire year within hours. Courtesy of Nicole Franzen hide caption

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Lost Kitchen Restaurant Made Chef's Small Hometown A Dining Destination

One of the most coveted dinner experiences in America is a 40-seat restaurant in rural Maine where the chef prides herself in serving local food that diners recognize on the plate.

Lost Kitchen Restaurant Made Chef's Small Hometown A Dining Destination

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Distracted driving is a growing problem, accounting for at least 12 percent of road crashes worldwide. Young men are more likely to be distracted, a study finds. Kathleen Finlay/Cultura RF/Getty Images hide caption

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Young Men, Frequent Drivers Most Likely To Get Distracted While Driving

Distracted driving is a growing problem, accounting for at least 12 percent of road crashes worldwide. Phones don't help. But personality and gender may play a role, too, researchers say.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought the Foreign Agents Registrations Act into the spotlight with indictments last month of Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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A 'Toothless' Old Law Could Have New Fangs, Thanks To Robert Mueller

The Foreign Agents Registration Act has been ignored in lobbying circles for decades and called "a complete joke." Mueller may bring the laughter to an end.

A technician examines the mirror on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Scientists at two national laboratories are currently building the components for an enormous digital camera that will capture images from the telescope. Joe McNally/Getty Images hide caption

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The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

A two-story tall, digital camera is taking shape in California. It will ultimately go on a telescope in Chile where it will survey the sky, looking for things that appear suddenly or change over time.

The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at her Berlin party headquarters Friday for talks with members of potential coalition parties to form a new government. Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's Merkel, Weakened After Poor Election Showing, Struggles To Form Government

The unprecedented prospect of a repeat election looms as Merkel and her diverse would-be coalition partners try to surmount differences. "This could be the end of Angela Merkel," warns a commentator.

A laptop in the Netherlands was one of hundreds of thousands infected by ransomware in May. The malware reportedly originated with the NSA. Rob Engelaar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Government Outlines When It Will Disclose Or Exploit Software Vulnerabilities

The Trump administration put out guidelines for how the government will decide what software vulnerabilities it will share with tech companies to fix, and which ones it will keep to itself for spying.

In a monologue on her Hulu show I Love You, America, comedian Sarah Silverman described the sadness and anger she feels about her friend Louis C.K., following his admission of sexual misconduct. Screengrab by NPR/I Love You America on YouTube hide caption

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Sarah Silverman Asks: 'Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?'

In an emotional monologue, Silverman addressed "the elephant masturbating in the room" and plumbed the anger and sadness she feels about her friend Louis C.K.'s actions.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a group allied with the United States, walks through debris in Raqqa, formerly the de facto capital of Islamic State. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon Says It's Staying In Syria, Even Though ISIS Appears Defeated

The U.S. is keeping its troops in Syria and continues to press for a political settlement to that country's civil war. It's far from clear whether the U.S. has sufficient leverage to achieve that.

Pentagon Says It's Staying In Syria, Even Though ISIS Appears Defeated

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It's great when generations get together to pass down family traditions, especially if the little ones might need a little extra time to get on board. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Takes Heat From One Of The Family's Own

It's the Friday before Thanksgiving. That means it's time for NPR's Susan Stamberg's traditional recipe that "sounds terrible but tastes terrific" — though her granddaughter begs to differ.

Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Takes Heat From One Of The Family's Own

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