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May The Fourth Be With You: 'Star Wars' Fans Celebrate A Faraway Galaxy

Monday, May 04, 2015

Yoda, Chewbacca and a phalanx of stormtroopers are all over the Internet today, as fans celebrate Star Wars Day — drawn from a pun on May 4. We've collected some of our favorite postings.

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Ahead Of The Kentucky Derby, 5 Absurd Rules For Naming Racehorses

Friday, May 01, 2015

"Ocho Ocho Ocho" made it through the name-approval process, but "Preakness Princess" never would.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

Friday, May 01, 2015

With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside.

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Kill The Messenger: NASA Orbiter Crashes Into Mercury

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Messenger was launched from Earth in 2004. After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, the orbiter ended its mission with a quiet bang Thursday.

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Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nearly 150 writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.

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Welcome To The Neighborhood: 2 Super-Earths Discovered

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Astronomers using telescopes in Hawaii and California have found two exoplanets orbiting a star a mere 54 light-years away. The discovery is important for two big reasons.

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WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found 'Amazingly Intact' On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy.

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#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

Friday, April 17, 2015

We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

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Espresso In Orbit: SpaceX Craft Brings Coffee Machine To Space Station

Friday, April 17, 2015

The coffee on the International Space Station is about to get much better. The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule linked up with the station Friday morning, bringing a long-awaited ISSpresso machine.

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Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the Star Wars films.

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Stephen Hawking Covers Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The renowned physicist is featured in a soon-to-be-released video of the classic song from the 1983 film The Meaning of Life.

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Dog Didn't Bite Man, Blind Pot Customer Tells French Court

Friday, April 10, 2015

A blind man who was sold actual grass instead of the grass he was looking for has told a French court that it was he, and not his guide dog, who bit a deceitful dealer.

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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.

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NASA To Study A Twin In Space And His Brother On Earth

Friday, March 27, 2015

During astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space, scientists will compare his physiology with that of his twin brother, Mark, to study the effect of prolonged space flight on the human body.

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In Havana, A Journey Into The Forbidden With A Provocative Artist

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In December, Tania Bruguera planned a performance at Revolution Square. She ended up in jail and had her passport taken. Now she returns to the scene of her alleged crime. This time for an interview.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Discover A New Form Of Ice — It's Square

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Researchers were surprised by what they found when they sandwiched a drop of water between two layers of an unusual two-dimensional material called graphene.

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Robert Durst, Subject Of HBO's 'The Jinx,' Arrested In New Orleans

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Durst, the troubled heir to a New York real estate fortune, has been questioned in the past over two deaths and a disappearance. It is unclear if his arrest is linked to those cases.

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All Things Considered

Ferguson Mayor Knowles Slams 'Hostile Language' From Eric Holder

Friday, March 13, 2015

Saying that he's trying to save the community, Mayor James Knowles adds that he is frustrated and concerned by the tone of the attorney general's remarks.

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Moon River? No, It's An Ocean On One Of Jupiter's Moons!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Scientists announced in a NASA teleconference that the biggest moon in our solar system has a salty ocean hidden below its icy surface.

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Morning Edition

Terry Pratchett, Prolific Fantasy Author, Dies At 66

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Discworld series author had for years struggled with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pratchett amassed a devoted following over four decades of writing — and dozens of novels.

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