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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

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Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

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Secretary Of State Tillerson Holds Town Hall At State Department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been trying to push back against reports that he's gutting the State Department, addressed his employees in a rare town hall on Tuesday. Tillerson spoke about foreign policy changes and department reform plans, including a promise to streamline security clearances.

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How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

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'Village Movement' Allows Elderly To Age In Their Homes

The so-called "village movement" coordinates crucial services for the elderly, allowing many to age in their homes. It's now expanded to 200 spots around the U.S., as advocates adapt the model to different communities.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Celebrates Defeat Of ISIS, But Still Faces Pressure

Iraq is celebrating the defeat of ISIS as Prime Minister Haider al Abadi declared Dec. 10 the country's newest national holiday. The prime minister has also won a face-off with Kurds, but still faces pressures from inside and outside his country.

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California Firefighter On Battling The Thomas Wildfire

The Thomas Fire is now the fifth-largest fire in modern California history. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with battalion chief Fred Burris about what battling this wildfire is like.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with retired Judge Lillian Sing about the life of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died on Tuesday. Sing knew him as an activist since he graduated from law school.

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Federal Terrorism Charges Filed Against Manhattan Subway Bombing Suspect

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has filed federal and local terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah. He was arrested on Monday for detonating a homemade bomb in a busy pedestrian tunnel in New York City as part of an attempted suicide bombing.

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What's At Stake With Alabama's Special Election?

The closely watched U.S. Senate race in Alabama could have national implications for both the Republican and Democratic parties in Washington. Republican Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the state supreme court, is vying for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat against Democrat and former prosecutor Doug Jones.

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Voters In Alabama Split As They Go To Polls To Decide State's Next U.S. Senator

Voters in the Alabama are split between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones in the state's special U.S. Senate election. During this election cycle, Moore has been accused of sexual assault against teenage girls years ago, while Jones is up against a historically red state.

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Survey Shows Americans Expressing Greater Concern About Government Corruption

Almost one year after President Trump took office, international watchdog Transparency International has found that Americans are much more cynical about corruption in the White House and government. The research shows similar negative attitudes toward Congress.

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Writer Will Leitch Defends His Position That The NFL Is Ending

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with writer Will Leitch about his piece in New York Magazine: "Is this the End of the NFL?" In his piece, Leitch notes that football used to bring people together across political lines, but that's not the case anymore.

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How Repealing Net Neutrality Could Affect Schools' Internet Access

If the Federal Communications Commission chooses to repeal net neutrality regulations, it could affect access to the Internet for schools across the country. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, about the potential impact on classrooms if net neutrality is repealed.

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All Eyes Are On Alabama's Special U.S. Senate Election

In Alabama, the U.S. Senate special election has been a contentious race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore. A look back at what both candidates' visions are and what the race has been about.

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An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Gemenids Light Up The Sky

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

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White House Insists Trump Tweet Wasn't Sexist. Female Senators Disagree

In a statement on Twitter, Trump said Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand "would do anything" for campaign contributions. This was apparently a response to Gillibrand's call for Trump to resign.

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Bitcoin Is Soaring. Here's Why It's Not Ready for the Big Time

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:07
Weaknesses in bitcoin's underlying technology slow processing times, and spawn big fees.
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France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools

The country's education minister says the strict rules are a matter of public health. But some teachers and parents call it a losing battle.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Is a Near-Perfect Reinvention of the Franchise

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:00
Rian Johnson's movie is the springiest, smartest, most assured installment in years.
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