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Young members of the Baghdad Rowing Club practice on the river Tigris, close to the University of Mustansiriyah in the Iraqi capital. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Life Flows Back Into The Waters Of Baghdad's Tigris

Some of the loveliest cities hug great rivers: Cairo on the Nile, Paris on the Seine. Baghdad's lifeblood is the Tigris. After years of war, commuter boats and even a rowing club ply its waters again.

This did not really happen. Cows' heads did not emerge from the bodies of people newly inoculated against smallpox. But fear of the vaccine was so widespread that it prompted British satirist James Gillray to create this spoof in 1802. H. Humphrey/Henry Barton Jacobs Collection, Institute of the History of Medicine, JHU hide caption

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A Cow Head Will Not Erupt From Your Body If You Get A Smallpox Vaccine

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Irene Chen and Longlai Zuo, with the China-based company Quality Technology Industrial, show off their top-line phones, which cost about $100. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption

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When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

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When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

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By measuring activity in different parts of the brain, neuroscientsts can get a sense of how some people will respond to treatments. John Lund/Getty Images hide caption

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Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

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Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

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A screen shot taken from a video demonstrating how Iowa's digital driver's license would look on a smartphone. Iowa Department of Transportation hide caption

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A Plan To Put Your Driver's License On Your Phone

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A Plan To Put Your Driver's License On Your Phone

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Social media provides voice to movements and helps drive them. Picking the right platforms for these sensitive conversations, though, is a sign of our growing digital sophistication. iStockphoto hide caption

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Managing Conversations Online Is A Puzzle Of Picking Platforms

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Managing Conversations Online Is A Puzzle Of Picking Platforms

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You don't want to run into methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. A potential new antibiotic could help fight this bug. CDC hide caption

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Scientists Hit Antibiotic Pay Dirt Growing Finicky Bacteria In Lab

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Scientists Hit Antibiotic Pay Dirt Growing Finicky Bacteria In Lab

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Michele Serros reads from Chicana Falsa during a 2012 event at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, Calif. artnoose/Flickr hide caption

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Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

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Young members of the Baghdad Rowing Club practice on the river Tigris, close to the University of Mustansiriyah in the Iraqi capital. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Life Flows Back Into The Waters Of Baghdad's Tigris

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Life Flows Back Into The Waters Of Baghdad's Tigris

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