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A refugee boy plays a violin as hundreds of migrants are blocked from marching down a highway toward Turkey's western border with Greece and Bulgaria on Saturday. Turkey has some 2 million refugees, mostly from Syria, but says they will not be allowed to settle permanently in the country. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Turkey Absorbs 2 Million Refugees, But Says They Can't Stay

Turkey has taken in more Syrians than any other country, by far. But under a policy dating back to 1951, it doesn't offer asylum to refugees and expects them to be permanently resettled elsewhere.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was inaugurated in 2008. The "doomsday vault" lies inside an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. For the first time, scientists are taking some seeds out. John McConnico/AP hide caption

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Reclaiming Syria's Seeds From An Icy Arctic Vault

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Diesel car engines like this one in a 2012 Volkswagen Golf are among those that include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. Patrick Pleul/DPA/Landov hide caption

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How A Little Lab In West Virginia Caught Volkswagen's Big Cheat

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Lausanne Arms and Sleepers
Runner Misplaced Arms and Sleepers
Airlanes Run_Return

Mike Lester, CEO of Taxi 2000, sits in the SkyWeb Express in the company's warehouse in Fridley, Minn. The company has been working on SkyWeb Express system, a point-to-point personal rapid transit system. Ackerman + Gruber for NPR hide caption

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Why Nonstop Travel In Personal Pods Has Yet To Take Off

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Unbroken, Unshaven The Budos Band
Stella By Starlight Troy Roberts
Trip Troy Roberts
Intravenous Pete Robbins

People who have easy access to firearms are about three times more likely to kill themselves than people who don't have access to guns, a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco indicates. iStockphoto hide caption

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When Deciding To Live Means Avoiding Guns

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Welcome Home Aarktica
Soft Washed Out
Paracosm Washed Out

Members of the House of Representatives bow their heads for a prayer as they gather for opening session of the 114th Congress in January. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The Pope Addressed A Congress That's Much More Christian Than America

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Si Supieras (La Cumparsita) Carlos Gardel
"Primavera portena" Spring in Buenos Aires Gidon Kremer / Kremerata Baltica
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Little Streams Make Big Rivers Esmerine
Solid Ground Break of Reality

A refugee boy plays a violin as hundreds of migrants are blocked from marching down a highway toward Turkey's western border with Greece and Bulgaria on Saturday. Turkey has some 2 million refugees, mostly from Syria, but says they will not be allowed to settle permanently in the country. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Turkey Absorbs 2 Million Refugees, But Won't Offer Asylum

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La Danse De La Veuve Adnan Joubran
Aelopolis Sabzi

Ryan Adams' latest release is a song-for-song cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album. Left: Julia Brokaw /Courtesy of the artist. Right: Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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No Blank Space, Baby: Taylor Swift Is The Soul Of Ryan Adams

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Blank Space Ryan Adams
Farewell, Stars Message to Bears
Souvlaki Space Station Slowdive

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