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E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, "Nutcracker and Mouse King," is darker and spookier than the ballet version most people know. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of 'The Nutcracker'

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David Daniel, an east Texas landowner, was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he took to his trees and built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

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A recent study in the British Medical Journal concludes that Rudolph's nose is red "due to the presence of a highly dense and rich nasal microcirculation." Ann Johansson/Corbis hide caption

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Study: Red Noses Help Reindeers Cope With Polar Air

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Does bell pepper and black tea sound appetizing? A computer may think so. Ryan Smith/NPR hide caption

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Computers May Someday Beat Chefs At Creating Flavors We Crave

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Jack O'Donnell (Brian Cranston) and Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) are tasked with saving six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis. Claire Folger/AP hide caption

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Fact Checking 'Argo': A Great Escape That Takes Some Leaps

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