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Joe's Big Idea

Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes — in a crafts store.

Lonely Planet Oddisee
Photon Pantha Du Prince
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Sarah Bajc's partner, Philip Wood, disappeared along with Flight MH370. "The issuance of the death certificate is an emotional thing," she says, "because we're not convinced that they're dead." Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing

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Tiny Mountains Buildings
Flat Panda Dianogah
Profundo Grosso The Greyboy Allstars

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A Backlash Brews Against Low Pay On The Factory Floor

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Eagle Rock Marco Benevento
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Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

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The Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker features choreography by Kent Stowell and sets and costumes by the late children's book author Maurice Sendak. Angela Sterling/Pacific Northwest Ballet hide caption

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In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act

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The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy Timothy Day & Sonos Handbell Ensemble
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Salaam José James
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One Way Ticket Peven Everett
Bullfights on Broadway Tommy Guerrero
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Risk Guitar Tulsa Drone
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Futura Battles

At the We Care food bank in Southeast London, customers pay 1 pound sterling, or about $1.60, for 10 items. The token payment is meant to ease customers' discomfort about having to use the food bank's services. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Record Number Of Britons Are Using Food Banks

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Roll Some Coin What Laura Says
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(Late Night at The) Maple Leaf Stanton Moore Trio & Moore, Stanton Trio
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Hot Milk Monty Alexander & Sly & Robbie
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