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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Backers of the Open Source Seed Initiative will distribute 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale on Thursday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Salt

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Scientists and food activists are launching the Open Source Seed Initiative, a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses.

Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

A child receives a polio vaccine Sunday in Kano, Nigeria. The country serves as the primary reservoir of the virus in Africa. But the current outbreak in Equatorial Guinea came by way of Chad, rather than Nigeria. hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

The two cases are the first in the country since 1999. The virus spread from neighboring Cameroon. When polio is on the move in Central Africa, the toll can be tragic.

Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter

Virginia Solera Garcia helps runs the CYD Santa Maria shelter with her sister, Concordia Márquez, adopting horses that might otherwise end up in the food supply. hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter

Once status symbols for newly minted millionaires, horses are now the voiceless victims of Spain's economic crash. Two sisters are adopting horses that might otherwise end up in the food supply.

When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband, John Amato III, shown here in 2010, helped make a business thrive after they divorced. hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of Rhonda Sanderson

Business

When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

When married business owners divorce, both relationships usually sour. But that's not always the case. Some couples have figured out a way to make their companies succeed even after they have split.

Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

In the restored San Gennaro catacombs, mosaics like this are lit with high-tech lighting paid for by grants from big corporations. hide caption

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Art & Design

Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

A priest in Naples' tough Sanità neighborhood has put local children — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

This Mako shark looks like its ancient ancestors, but it's probably evolved to be even more terrifying. Sam Cahir/Barcroft Media /Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations

SAT preparation books on a bookstore shelf in New York City. The College Board has announced changes in the college entrance exam. hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations

The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple-choice answer options from five to four.

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