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  • These drawings by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, published in 1899, show cortex neurons.
    Santiago Ramon y Cajal / Wikimedia Commons
    6:13pm Mar 07, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    To Make Mice Smarter, Add A Few Human Brain Cells

    For more than a century, neurons have been the superstars of the brain. Now researchers say that when they placed human versions of another type of brain cell into mice brains, the mice grew up to be faster learners. This supports the hypothesis that these glial cells — and not just better-known neurons — play an important role in learning.
  • 11:49am Mar 07, 2013
    Economy Economy

    Time For The Fed To Take Away The Punch Bowl?

    The stock market's long climb has some people concerned it may be a bubble about to burst — a bubble artificially pumped up by the Federal Reserve's easy-money policy. That's led to calls — even from within the Fed — for an end to the central bank's extraordinary efforts to keep interest rates low.
  • 11:49am Mar 07, 2013
    World News World News

    Venezuela-U.S. Relations Could Thaw After Chavez

    Audie Cornish talks to Patrick Duddy, the last U.S. Ambassador to serve in Venezuela. He's currently a visiting senior lecturer at Duke University's Center for International Studies.
  • Cornetist Adam Rosbottom rehearses with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in January. The band was founded in South Yorkshire, England, in 1917.
    Christopher Werth
    11:49am Mar 07, 2013
    Music & Culture Music & Culture

    Britain's Brass Bands: A Working-Class Tradition On The Wane

    In the 19th and 20th centuries, nearly every coal mine in the U.K. had a brass band. They were intended to keep workers out of trouble, and were a matter of civic pride for local communities. Today, some say that without funding, the bands could become a thing of the past.
  • 11:49am Mar 07, 2013
    World News World News

    Cubans Wonder If Aid Will Still Flow Following Death Of Chavez

    Fidel Castro treated Hugo Chavez like a son, and the Venezuelan leader in turn provided large dollops of assistance to prop up the Cuban economy. Cubans are now worried that the oil shipments and subsidies could decrease or even end.
  • 11:49am Mar 07, 2013
    National National

    Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks

    Early March is when Yosemite National Park officials would normally be gearing up for the busy tourist season. Instead, they're figuring out how to cut $1.5 million from their budget because of the recent sequestration that forced across-the-board cuts. The National Park Service must now cut $134 million from sites around the country.
  • Nellie McKay, David Shiner and Bill Irwin use old-time comedy, newfangled tricks and zany music to score laughs in their new theatrical revue, Old Hats.
    Joan Marcus
    7:14pm Mar 05, 2013
    Arts Arts

    For This Pair Of Clowns, 'Old Hats' Means New Laughs

    Theatrical clowning duo Bill Irwin and David Shiner haven't shared the spotlight onstage since the late 1990s. Now, with a collaborative theater project running at off-Broadway's Signature Theatre, they bring their zany brand of participatory slapstick to a new generation.
  • 6:20pm Mar 05, 2013
    Sports Sports National

    No Obvious Favorites As NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Starts

    Go on, pick a favorite in this year's NCAA tournament. We dare you. There's more than a dozen legitimate contenders to pick from. And then there's all those potential Cinderella teams. Mike Pesca talks to Audie Cornish about the upcoming NCAA Men's College Basketball tournament, which is as wide open as it has even been.
  • 6:20pm Mar 05, 2013
    World News World News National

    Kerry: We're Trying To Offer Syrian President A Rational Choice

    Secretary of State John Kerry is wrapping up his first official overseas trip to Europe and the Middle East. He's shifted U.S. policy on Syria, offering direct assistance to the opposition coalition and non-lethal aid to fighters. He's also offered Egypt's Islamist government $190 million to avert a budget crisis and he's warning Iran that talks can't go on indefinitely.