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Raising money after tragedy isn't new. But the latest dust-up comes as both parties try to energize their grass-roots supporters with control of Capitol Hill in the balance.

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But why do people serve?  Why do they willingly give up their autonomy and risk their lives to fight for their country?  Here are some great reasons.

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The intersection of law enforcement and mental health has been an issue in Connecticut since the Newtown shootings. One city is training its officers to better decipher delicate situations.

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If projects to colonize Mars succeed, how will these new communities be run? Barbara J. King says they represent an opportunity to fashion a more egalitarian way of life than we have on Earth.

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Scientists have found that a hormone associated with long life also seems to make people smarter. The gene strengthens the connections between brain cells, a process that's essential for learning.

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