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Some fake Apple stores like this one in Kunming, in China's southwestern Yunnan province, were so authentic-looking that even some of their employees didn't know they were fake. Stephen Shaver/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Parallels

China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

A fake bank in Nanjing bilked customers out of nearly $33 million. With trappings of a real bank, like security guards and LED screens, it fooled depositors attracted by higher interest rates.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes was single-minded about a lot of things, colleagues say. And also a very nice guy. Julian Wasser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty hide caption

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Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

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Fanshawe El Ten Eleven
Commute
Kangaroo Rat Beastie Boys
Ritual Union Little Dragon

Leah Bannon (sitting) works on her laptop at 18F, a GSA project that aims to make government websites more user friendly and change the way government buys IT systems. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

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Kong Bonobo
Shapeshifter Blues Pilote
Nuthin But a G Thing (Dre En Cumbia) Quantic

Everybody can play the kazoo, practically no skill required — but only two places in the U.S. make them. Kazoobie Kazoos hide caption

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Kazoobie Kazoos

Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From

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Sleepmakeswaves The Obstacle is the Path
Body and Soul William Onyeabor

A woman sits inside a bomb shelter in Donetsk on Wednesday. Some local residents have lived in bomb shelters and basements for more than a month, looking for cover from artillery strikes. Alexander Ermochenko/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Amid Fighting In Donetsk, On Edge And Seeking Safety Underground

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Rollin' Round This Town Dirk Powell
We're A Winner Impressions of Curtis Mayfield

A couple of male, genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes take flight. Dr Derric Nimmo/Oxitec hide caption

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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

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Tankers are berthed beside the Fawley oil refinery on Jan. 7, in Southampton, England. With low oil prices, some traders are buying oil and storing it in tankers, hoping the price will rise soon so they can sell it at a profit. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Where Is All That Excess Oil Going?

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Straight Sun Orbital
Last Crusade Sam Roberts Band

Laura Ingalls Wilder entertained generations of children with her Little House series, which was loosely based on her family's pioneering life. Her memoir, Pioneer Girl, was published in 2014. South Dakota State Historical Society hide caption

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'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Sixteen RAC

Emily Neblett, a patient at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., demonstrates circuit pieces from the mobile maker space that are connected by magnets. Noah Nelson/Youth Radio hide caption

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'Maker Space' Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

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Got Me Wrong Brad Mehldau Trio
My Head Samuel Yirga
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Some fake Apple stores like this one in Kunming, in China's southwestern Yunnan province, were so authentic-looking that even some of their employees didn't know they were fake. Stephen Shaver/UPI/Landov hide caption

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China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

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Paris Of The East The Shanghai Restoration Project
Tokyo After Midnight Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

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