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A bit of lapis lazuli — a rich blue pigment — is trapped within a central tooth's dental tartar on this lower jaw of a European woman who died sometime between A.D. 997 and 1162. Christina Warinner/Science Advances hide caption

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A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman's Artistry Circa A.D. 1000

Analysis of fossilized dental tartar of a medieval woman buried in a German monastery reveals specks of blue to be lapis lazuli — a luxurious pigment used to create gorgeous illuminated manuscripts.

President Trump and Vice President Pence arrive at the U.S. Capitol to attend the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon on Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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'Bye-Bye': Trump Walks Out Of White House Meeting With Democrats About Shutdown

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Dead Against Smoking Admiral Fallow
The Creative Part Kate Simko
Ola Belle's Blues Ola Belle Reed

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a speech Thursday to the new Congress that Democrats want "to lower health care costs and prescription drug prices and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions." Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Democrats' Health Care Ambitions Meet The Reality Of Divided Government

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Invisible The Broken Keys
Better Days
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A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman's Artistry Circa A.D. 1000

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Ash (feat. M. Takara & Marcelo Cabral) DJ Mako
Redwood NYM

A sign posted outside the National Zoo earlier this month declares its closure, along with the closure of all Smithsonian museums. They were all on the wish list for Jill Rorem, whose family plans were undone by the shutdown. But she's not alone: The shutdown's ramifications on the arts have been felt far beyond the Beltway. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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As Shutdown Crawls On, Artists And Nonprofits Fear For Their 'Fragile Industry'

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I Will Marry You Mean Lady
(I've Got) Trouble in Mind The Limiñanas

A newly constructed steel border wall divides the town of Sunland Park, N.M., from Anapra, in Mexico north of the city of Ciudad Juárez. Monica Ortiz Uribe for NPR hide caption

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Border Residents Remain Skeptical About The Need For An Expanded Wall

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Samurai Nomade Orquestra
Little Walter Rides Again Medeski, Martin & Wood & John Scofield
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Decades after their original run in 1960s San Francisco, the members of Ace of Cups have finally released their first album. Rachel Wright/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ace Of Cups Gets A First Chance At An Overdue Debut

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