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Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, visit the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power station during a press tour, in northeastern Japan's Fukushima prefecture, Feb. 28. Japan is marking the first anniversary of the March 11 tsunami and earthquake, which triggered the worst nuclear accident in the country's history. Kimimasa Mayama/AP hide caption

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A Year On, Japan Is Still Looking For The Road Ahead

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A worker is given a radiation screening as he enters the emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on Feb. 20. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trauma, Not Radiation, Is Key Concern In Japan

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Brownies from Troop 65343 in Brookline, Mass. recite the Girl Scout pledge. Enrollment in the organization has declined since the 1980s, but a modernizing makeover and new focus on minority and immigrant communities have helped some. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Girl Scouts: 100 Years Of Blazing New Trails

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Surgical robots like this one are wildly expensive. Before the economic troubles began, investment in such high-tech medical devices was plentiful. Now, hospitals are looking for comparatively simple solutions to cut costs: streamline medical billing and even investing in $1 catheters that can save upwards of $50,000. Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Forget The Robots: Venture Capitalists Change Their Health Care Investments

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Amanda, Les and Thea GrantSmith spoke about Les' transition from a woman to a man in 1997. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Mom Becomes A Man, And A Family Sticks Together

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Chris O'Dowd (left), Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Maya Rudolph and Jon Hamm play 30- and 40-somethings approaching parenthood from vastly different angles in Friends With Kids. Westfeldt wrote and directed the film. Jojo Whilden/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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'Friends,' Kids And Beating The System

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