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A Role to Play

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"Combining as it does great energy expenditure and risk with apparent pointlessness, [play] is a central paradox of evolutionary biology,” writes anthropologist and neuroscientist Melvin Konner.

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Heirloom Hybrids

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Plant breeders are offering hybrid heirloom tomatoes this year that they claim "have the distinct flavors and funky looks of heirlooms but are more disease-resistant and abundantly productive."

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Drunk Tank

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A taxpayer-funded bar in the German city of Kiel caters to a very particular clientele: unemployed alcoholics. The bar aims to keep its patrons from disturbing other citizens during drinking binges.

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Martian Chronicles

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There is a lot of evidence suggesting life exists on Mars, says astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch. "It’s actually more scientifically outrageous to think that Mars is and always has been sterile."

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Obama's Certificate

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"The 'birther' myth is the political equivalent of a horror-movie villain: Not only does it refuse to die, but every time someone tries to kill it, it only comes back stronger," writes Christopher Beam.

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Versus the Volcano

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"What if the Eyjafjallajokull ash cloud is "not just a minor volcanic hiccup, but the beginning of an event that causes in time a mass extinction of some form of earthbound life?" asks Simon Winchester.

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Obama's "In It to Win"

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over 4 years ago

Has President Obama given up on being bipartisan? New Yorker editor David Remnick, author of the new Obama biography "The Bridge," thinks that while the President's political personality "aims toward conciliation," he's "not some kind of pie-eyed idealist." Charm is a useful tool, says Remnick, but ...