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Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death

A Swedish inventor created a watch that counts down the seconds left in your life. He calls it "the happiness watch" because he thinks living with the reality of one's mortality can enhance our lives.

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Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013

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Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death

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Freed Palestinian prisoner Omar Masoud served 20 years of a minimum 90-year sentence for killing Ian Feinberg, an Israeli, in 1993. Israel freed Masoud in October as part of a political deal to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace

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Blessed Feathers: Nomadic And Loving It

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In Memoriam 2013: remembering some of the greats who died this year. NPR hide caption

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In Memoriam: 2013

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