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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

Single-belled baritones and euphoniums line the ceiling of the V&E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection to make room for the bigger instruments on the floor and walls. Aiyana Simonetti-Poe/Courtesy of V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection hide caption

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A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

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Researchers Test The Effects Of Background Music On People

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When Tara Thompson started writing songs, she didn't invoke her country superstar cousin, Loretta Lynn. "I wanted to do it myself," she says. Courtesy of The Valory Music Co. hide caption

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Nashville's New Country Cousin

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talk on Capitol Hill in 2014. Both are expected to win their primaries for re-election Tuesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Incumbents Poised For Big Wins Despite All The Attention On Outsiders

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Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian security agent, died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with the radioactive element polonium-210 at a London hotel. A British inquiry found that his death was the work of the Russian security service. Natasja Weitsz/Getty Images hide caption

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The Curious Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

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