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A Senegalese woman wears clothing and gold jewelry inspired by the fashions of the country's powerful signares -- women who lived in the 18th and 19th century. The photo is featured in the exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Fabrice Monteiro/Mariane Ibrahim Gallery hide caption

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Senegal's Stunning Gold Jewelry ... And The Controversial Women Who Wore It

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Smithsonian Showcases Senegalese Jewelry Which Is Rich In History

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Researchers collect a sample at the Werdhölzli wastewater treatment plant in Zurich, as part of an Eawag research project exploring the concentration of various metals in treated wastewater. Elke Suess/Eawag hide caption

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New York City restaurant Serendipity 3 makes the "Quintessential Grilled Cheese Sandwich," made with gold leaf, accompanied by the gold-adorned South African Lobster & San Marzano Tomato Bisque, for sandwich-dipping, of course. Courtesy of Liz Steger hide caption

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Rescuers tend to a mine worker, in striped top, after he was pulled from an illegal gold mine Sunday in Benoni, outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of his colleagues remain below ground for fear of being arrested. Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Who Had A Good Year?

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Brandi and Kaylee plan to open a truck repair shop when they graduate from high school. Robert Smith/NPR hide caption

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Boom Town, U.S.A.

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