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2:20 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Scientists Discover First Night-Flowering Orchid

Bulbophyllum nocturnum, the only known night-flowering orchid
Andre Schuiteman Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

When scientists brought the Bulbophyllum nocturnum back to the Netherlands, they were perplexed. They had found the plant on the island of New Britain, near Papua New Guinea. They knew the plant came from a rare group, but the orchid's blooms would die before opening up. At least that's what the scientists thought.

The orchid's uniqueness never became clear until one scientist brought it home with him. Here's how MSNBC tells the story:

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Job 1: Careers That Shaped The GOP Candidates
2:15 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

In Gingrich's Past, A Lesson On Ambition

Newt Gingrich is shown teaching a class at West Georgia College (now known as the University of West Georgia) in the 1970s. As a politician, he has long stressed his background as a scholar.
Courtesy of Gingrich Productions

Last in a series

Newt Gingrich was in his 20s when he was hired at West Georgia College as a history professor. He had just returned from Belgium, where he was doing research for his doctoral dissertation.

"He was very much a person of intellect," says Mel Steeley, who taught history at the college for four decades and helped bring Gingrich to the school in 1970. "He would wander across campus and didn't notice people. He'd have something in his mind, always be thinking about something. When he first came, you kind of wondered if he was a student or a professor."

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Around the Nation
2:11 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Parenting Advice For The 20-Something Years

Brian Griffith (left), shown here in 2009 at age 26, moved home with his parents, Jay and Jennifer Griffith, after losing his job. The tight job market, especially for college grads, has prompted many young adults to move back in with their parents.
Robert Lahser MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 4:53 pm

From pregnancy on, parents often keep a stack of bedside reading full of advice on raising children — survival tips from the terrible toddler years through annoying adolescence. Los Angeles comedy writer Gail Parent figured she'd be done with all that once her kids turned the magical age of 21.

"Because I didn't tell my parents anything bad or negative," she says. "I let them be very peaceful about me when I was an adult. But I had told my kids to tell me everything when they were young."

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Obama Gets Heckled, Occupy-Style

A protester shouts during a speech by President Obama today in Manchester, N.H.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Here's what it sounds like when protesters use the Occupy Wall Street "human microphone" technique to heckle the commander in chief.

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Politics
1:47 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Postmaster: Postal Service In Dire Financial Straits

U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Monday that the Postal Service is in "a deep financial crisis" because it has a "business model that is tied to the past."
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 1:07 pm

U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe appealed to Congress on Monday to help him reform the Postal Service.

"We're in a deep financial crisis today because we have a business model that is tied to the past. We are expected to operate like a business, but do not have the flexibility to do so," he said at the National Press Club.

Donahoe also rejected the postal reform bills that have passed committees of the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic Senate.

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First Listen
1:39 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

First Listen: 'Follies (New Broadway Cast Recording)'

Where everybody lives to love: In Act 2 of Follies, what's been a relatively dark story explodes into a riot of color in what's known as the Loveland sequence — an homage to the spectacular Broadway follies staged between the World Wars.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 10:00 pm

It's tough to untangle the sonic appeal of Follies — the landmark 1971 musical that stirs Stephen Sondheim fans to a frenzy each time it gets revived — from the show's visual splendors.

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Too Sweet A Deal? British Cupcake-Maker Says She Was Burned By Groupon

Sites like LivingSocial and Groupon offer big discounts at a variety of retailers, like cupcake bakeries.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 1:31 pm

Sometimes, there is such a thing as too sweet a deal. A British cupcake-maker decided to offer a Groupon deal that she says wiped out any profits she had made all year. If you're not familiar, Groupon is an Internet coupon company in which businesses offer deals to lure new customers into their shops.

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Living Large: Obesity In America
12:58 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

School Transforms Teens' Lives, One Pound At A Time

Wellspring students do high steps on the tennis court. Exercise is paramount at Wellspring, and a little rain doesn't get in the way of outdoor activities.
Travis Dove for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 6:04 pm

First of two stories, which are part of an ongoing series on obesity in America. The first part begins in August as students start their weight-loss journey at Wellspring Academy, a boarding school in Brevard, N.C. The second checks in with the students a few months later.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:51 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

When Weighing Painkillers, Americans Worry: 'Will I Become An Addict?'

Narcotic painkillers are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S., with more than 244 million prescriptions dispensed in 2010.

The drugs help ease the pain of tens of millions of people each year. But the potent narcotics also carry serious risks that can be heightened by chronic use or abuse.

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