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Why Doesn't Your Butt Fall Through The Chair?

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:50am

One of the strangest and least appreciated discoveries of modern physics is that solid matter is — to put it bluntly — a big lie, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Watch Jon Stewart Defend Trevor Noah On 'The Daily Show'

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:17am

Stewart, the show's host, called Noah, the man named to succeed him, "an incredibly thoughtful and ... funny ... individual." Noah had been criticized for the tone and content of some of his tweets.

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Sprawling, Soaring 'Grace Of Kings' Changes The Fantasy Landscape

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:03am

Ken Liu's debut is an epic saga of gods, kings and rebels, set in an invented world with echoes of pan-Asian myth. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "beautiful, nuanced, fierce, original, and diverse."

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Pew: Japan And U.S. Respect Each Other And Distrust China

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:37am

Japanese and Americans surveyed say they want the two nations to remain close, or get closer. And they share a suspicion of China.

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5 Things You Should Know About Sen. Rand Paul

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:03am

The 52-year-old ophthalmologist has founded an eye clinic for low-income patients and once stood on the Senate floor for nearly 13 hours. Here's what else you might not know or remember.

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In Movie Piracy Case, Australian ISPs Are Ordered To Share Customers' Info

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 7:10am

It's being called a landmark ruling in Australia, where delayed film release dates are blamed for helping create one of the highest rates of web piracy in the world.

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Top Stories: Obama Discusses Iran Accord; Iraq Mass Graves

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:41am

Also: Kentucky senator Rand Paul is expected to announce he's running for President; there's been a multi-ship collision on the Mississippi River; and it's election day in Chicago and Ferguson, Mo.

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Sen. Rand Paul Poised To Announce 2016 Presidential Run

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:32am

The Republican senator from Kentucky looks to get a jump on what is likely to be a crowded GOP field in 2016. Polls show him in a three-way tie for third place for his party's nomination.

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Rain Dampens Marlins' Opening Day

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:10am

When it started to rain, the retractable roof was open at Marlins Park. It didn't close right away. The baseball team did not have a tarp to cover the field because they rely on the roof closing.

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Rand Paul, Can A Libertarian Win The Republican Primary?

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:03am

As Rand Paul embarks on a presidential campaign, he doesn't fit into the mold of either party neatly. Especially on foreign policy, the Kentucky senator faces a challenge.

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In 'American Warlord,' Real-Life Drama Falls Flat On The Page

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:03am

Johnny Dwyer's book tells the amazing, horrifying story of Chucky Taylor, son of the infamous Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. But flat writing and unforthcoming subjects make it a difficult read.

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In Reclaimed Tikrit, Mass Graves From ISIS's Brutal Occupation

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:03am

As many as 1,700 people are believed to be in mass graves that have been unearthed near the site of a massacre of Iraqi soldiers manning a former U.S. military base.

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Mitt Romney Does Well In ESPN's Bracket Challenge

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:49am

Romney landed near the top of 11.5 million entries in ESPN's Tournament Challenge. He had a perfect Final Four — finally beating President Obama, who, by the way, had Kentucky winning it all.

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