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In the story "The Mole and the Sun," Mole's mother is sick. A medical seer tells him she will recover if his friend Ya Sun can orbit the earth in the opposite direction that it's rotating. The sobering moral is that you can't go against the rules of nature. Pieter Henket hide caption

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Pieter Henket

Why are some warnings heard, while others are ignored? Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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World War Z is just the latest pop-culture incarnation of the Zombie Apocalypse. Adam Frank says the zombies keep coming because they're trying to tell us something. MPC/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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A sea of self-motivated individuals or a web of interdependent talents? Both, of course. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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