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The Paris Zoological Park is home to the physarum polycephalum, better known as "the blob," a unicellular organism capable of learning despite its lack of neurons. Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'The Blob,' A Smart Yet Brainless Organism Fit For Sci-Fi, Gets Its Own Exhibit

Is it an animal? A type of fungi? No, it's "the blob." The amorphous "slime mold" may not have a nervous system, but it's the star of a new exhibit at the Paris zoo.

'The Blob,' A Smart Yet Brainless Organism Fit For Sci-Fi, Gets Its Own Exhibit

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to a room of supporters at a campaign rally in Vaughan, Canada, on Friday. Cole Burston/Getty Images hide caption

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Justin Trudeau Battles For His Political Survival As Canada Gets Ready To Vote

Stung by a series of recent scandals, the prime minister is locked in a virtual tie with Andrew Scheer of the opposition Conservative Party ahead of Monday's election.

Justin Trudeau Battles For His Political Survival As Canada Gets Ready To Vote

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In this photo taken Thursday, flames and smoke billow from a fire on a target in Ras al-Ayn, Syria. This is the result of shelling by Turkish forces, the same day Turkey and the U.S. were negotiating a cease-fire agreement. Cavit Ozgul/AP hide caption

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Kurdish General Slams U.S.-Syria Policy; Gen. Petraeus Calls Withdrawal 'A Betrayal'

Two days into a cease-fire, clashes continue along Syria's northern border. Petraeus, who once commanded U.S. forces in the region, told NPR that withdrawing U.S. troops is unfair to Kurdish allies.

In the forests near the southern Sumatran village of Krui, 48-year-old Marhana climbs up the trees to harvest damar, a resin used in paints and varnishes. These damar trees are part of something called an "agroforest," which experts see as a way to prevent deforestation and conversion of forests into palm oil plantations. Julia Simon for NPR hide caption

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Could This Tree Be An Eco-Friendly Way To Wean Indonesian Farmers Off Palm Oil?

Palm oil plantations have led to widespread deforestation in Indonesia. But now some farmers are turning to a different crop — damar, a kind of anti-palm oil, grown in forest-based farms.

Could This Tree Be An Eco-Friendly Way To Wean Indonesian Farmers Off Palm Oil?

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Firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo holds a Burmese python. In 16 years of snake wrangling, he says he has been bitten more than 20 times but helping people desperate to get rid of snakes in their homes "makes me happy." Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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When Snakes Slither Into Bangkok Homes, This Is The Wrangler Who Gets Rid Of Them

When pythons, cobras and pit vipers show up, Pinyo Pukpinyo, a sergeant in Bangkok's fire department, is the expert who catches them. He's been bitten 20 times but says his work "makes me happy."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. speaks during a rally for presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders in Queens, N.Y. on Saturday. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP hide caption

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Bernie Sanders' Heart Attack Was A 'Gut Check' Moment

In an interview with NPR, Ocasio-Cortez said her decision to endorse Sanders is part of a movement that is "far larger than a presidential campaign."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Bernie Sanders' Heart Attack Was A 'Gut Check' Moment

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View of the south fields, all works by Mark di Suvero. Left to right: Figolu, 2005–11. Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C. E=MC2 , 1996-97. Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C. ©Mark di Suvero. Courtesy Storm King Art Center hide caption

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Sculptor Mark Di Suvero Creates Joy Out Of Steel

Suvero's acclaimed sculptures are in public spaces all over the world and in the collections of major museums. The sculptor recently installed his largest work at the Storm King Arts Center.

Sculptor Mark Di Suvero Creates Joy Out Of Steel

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Protesters wave Catalan independence flags in the street in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday, following a week of demonstrations over the prison sentences given to separatist politicians by Spain's Supreme Court. Clara Margais/Getty Images hide caption

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Protests Rock Spain's Catalonia Region But Residents Are Divided Over Independence

While many Catalans are outraged at the central government's crackdown on the independence movement, the huge demonstrations have obscured deep divisions in Catalan society.

The Washington Nationals are headed to the World Series for the first time since the franchise moved to Washington, D.C. Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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For Washington's Nats, A Long And Winding Road To The World Series

The complicated history of baseball in Washington, D.C., makes it difficult to pin down the most recent example of a hometown team making it to the World Series.

Opinion: For Washington's Nats, A Long And Winding Road To The World Series

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All Boeing 737 Max aircraft are grounded while the manufacturer fixes a deadly defect in their flight control system. These Southwest Airlines planes were parked in Victorville, Calif., in March. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Boeing Pilots Detected 737 Max Flight Control Glitch 2 Years Before Deadly Crash

One pilot messaged that the problem was "egregious" and he had "basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)" when he had told the FAA that the flight control system was safe.

Addario's coverage of maternal mortality took her to a remote village in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan in 2009, where she photographed a midwife giving a prenatal check in a private home. "In these areas someone will announce that a doctor and a midwife are coming, and any pregnant and lactating women within a certain radius come if they want prenatal or postnatal care," she says. Lynsey Addario hide caption

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PHOTOS: Why Lynsey Addario Has Spent 10 Years Covering Maternal Mortality

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, known for her work in war zones, turns to a topic that is often shied away from: the risks women face when giving birth.

Novelist John le Carré says he is "haunted" by current affairs. "If we can make people feel that the social contract is back in place and they're part of it, then possibly we have a future," he says. Le Carré is shown above in his London home in 2008. His new novel is called Agent Running in the Field. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption

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John Le Carré Fears For The Future In 'Agent Running In The Field'

Decades ago, Le Carré worked for British intelligence services MI5 and MI6. He has channeled that experience into more than 50 years of espionage thrillers.

John Le Carré Fears For The Future In 'Agent Running In The Field'

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