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Since 2009, record sales have soared. 'Records' via www.shutterstock.com

How digital technology spawned retro’s revival

While technological advances have rendered some products obsolete, they've also spurred the growth of niche markets that cater to people looking to reject mass-produced goods.
Donald Trump speaks at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach. REUTERS/Randall Hill. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Demagogues in history: Why Trump emphasizes emotion over facts

Insults are tossed about in an election year but the word "demagogue" has a particular bite. But what is a demagogue and how do the 2016 candidates compare with demagogues in history?
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Are we sleep-deprived or just darkness-deprived?

Is electricity making us sleep less? A new study on sleep in preindustrial societies suggests the answer is no. But it misses a big point: people in preindustrial societies spend more time in darkness than we do.
Why isn’t there a Late Show with Ellen Degeneres? Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Why do female comedians disappear after dark?

Studio heads are hesitant to give a woman the reins of a late night show. Are they pandering to their target audiences?
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Bleed me: why excess iron can be dangerous

After years of conflicting research and often extreme opinions on iron, it turns out that like anything else that is a benefit in moderation, in excess it is a detriment.
While we search for a cure, we are still searching for cause. A volunteer hangs bras during a promotion against breast cancer in Switzerland in 2008. Ruben Sprich/Reuters

The mystery of breast cancer

Major causes have been identified for most common cancers, like liver and lung. But we still haven't identified one for breast cancer.
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Do Cubans still dream in Russian?

The remnants of the Cuba-Soviet relationship are still very much part of Cuban culture – a fact on display at this month's Miami International Film Festival
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman took home four awards, including Best Picture. Mike Blake/Reuters

Oscars 2015: expert reaction

Indies to the rescue, the quiet power of foreign language films, Gen-X's crowning moment. All – and more – are covered by our experts, who weigh in on this year's Oscars.
In The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg portrays Jim Bennet, a bored literature professor whose gambling debts spiral out of control. POPSUGAR

In The Gambler, an anti-hero story is retold

“Life is a losing proposition,” explains Mark Wahlberg’s literature professor/compulsive gambler Jim Bennett. “You might as well get it over with.” Intent on doing just that, Bennett runs up massive debts…
In Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey plays the protagonist, Cooper, who wears many hats: everyman farmer, laconic space hero, grieving father. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Interstellar: Nolan’s flawed masterpiece

At about the midway point of Interstellar, a spacecraft descends into the atmosphere of a pristine white planet. Gliding downwards, the tip of the craft brushes against a cloud, and the cloud shatters…

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