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7:03 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Mountaineer' Is A Must-Read Of Soviet Sci-Fi

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were acclaimed and beloved science fiction writers of the Soviet era. Together they wrote twenty-five novels, including Roadside Picnic, Snail on the Slope, Hard to Be a God, Monday Begins on Saturday, and Definitely Maybe, as well as short fiction, essays, plays, and film scripts.
Courtesy of Melville House Publishing

During the Stalin years, there were tight restrictions on science fiction in the Soviet Union. Writers were pressured and boxed in, urged to stick to themes of adventure, space travel, and the glowing prospect of Soviet scientific and technological achievements.

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Strange News
7:02 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Ending The Over-Under Debate On Toilet Paper

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Around the Nation
6:50 am
Thu March 19, 2015

He's Fixing A Hole

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Middle East
5:02 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu And Washington

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:14 am

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Middle East
4:55 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Filmmakers Find A Different Way To Show The Syrian Conflict

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 5:02 am

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Television
4:55 am
Thu March 19, 2015

A Watch Party For The 'Empire' Season Ender

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 5:57 am

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Business
4:55 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:03 am

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Technology
4:55 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Companies Worried About Hackers Turn To Cyber Insurance

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 5:02 am

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

President Obama takes questions from the audience Wednesday after speaking about the economy and the middle class to the City Club of Cleveland.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:04 am

Barack Obama let down his graying presidential hair a little bit on Wednesday. He also joked about coloring it.

Speaking to the City Club of Cleveland, Obama seemed to be in a reflective mood. During the question-and-answer period, he was asked by a seventh-grader what advice he would give to himself now, if he could go back to his first day in office.

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Science
3:35 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Staghorn coral planted by scientists in the Florida Keys. Researchers hope to give the same sort of boost to the world's shrinking population of pillar coral, now that they can raise the creatures in a laboratory.
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Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:54 am

For the first time, biologists have caught a rare type of coral in the act of reproducing, and they were able to collect its sperm and eggs and breed the coral in the laboratory.

The success is part of an effort to stem the decline in many types of coral around the world.

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