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Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

The National Park Service is racing to record soundscapes of each park that capture nature for the ear. "If we start to lose sounds of wilderness, we start to lose a piece of us," one scientist says.

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Clauss It Bugge Wesseltoft
Chirizakura Geoffrey Keezer

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When The Going Gets Hot, Construction Workers Get Nocturnal

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Rattlesnake Daniel Norgren

Found in Botswana, the Lesedi la Rona diamond is up for auction and valued at $70 million. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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When Botswana Sells Its Big Diamond, Who Will Benefit?

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Hidden Beneath Message to Bears
Found You and You're Safe Message To Bears
Hurricane Season Trombone Shorty
Antiception Nitzan Sagie
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Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

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Sunbeams Moonlit Sailor
Hope Moonlit Sailor

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (left) and FARC commander Timoleon Jimenez (right) shake hands as Raul Castro looks on at a signing ceremony of a cease-fire deal in Havana last Thursday. "It is the first time ever that a guerrilla group lays down its arms to submit to a justice system where they are going to be investigated, judged, and condemned and sanctioned," Santos told NPR. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption

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Colombia's President: Making Peace With Rebels Is 'A Good Investment'

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