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Science

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.

James Tomsheck poses in his office in Washington in June 2009. At the time, he was assistant commissioner for internal affairs with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

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How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

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Artist Paul Harding's take on Jack "The King" Kirby, which is featured on the special-edition beer brewed for a Kirby Day celebration at Schmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, N.Y. Paul Harding hide caption

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Book News & Features

Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

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Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

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Sonia Marquez of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is encouraging Latinos to turn out for this year's midterm elections. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

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Parallels

Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria. Is He A Threat To The U.S.?

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Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria. Is He A Threat To The U.S.?

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The granulated surface of the lake bed known as the Racetrack is a favorite destination for tourists — and for scientists who want to investigate trails left by the meandering stones. Momatiuk - Eastcott/Corbis hide caption

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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

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Planet Money

A Mall With Two Minimum Wages

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A Mall With Two Minimum Wages

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How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia

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