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5:41pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Stunning: A Solar Eclipse At Midnight

This is a couple of days old and it escaped us somehow. But it struck our curiosity so that we'll share it anyway: This past Wednesday, the far northern latitudes saw a rare solar eclipse at midnight. Here's how Wired explains it:

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4:53pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Marin Alsop on Music

Verdi's Requiem: An Opera In Disguise

Giuseppe Verdi poured operatic drama into his Requiem, written in 1874 in memory of his friend Alessando Manzoni.
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Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem is a conductor's dream come true. Few pieces in the repertoire offer the drama of opera and the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments. But Verdi's Requiem does all that and more.

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4:40pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

At French Open, Roger Federer Ends Novak Djokovic's Perfect Season

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after losing to Switzerland's Roger Federer during a semi final at the French Open tennis championship.
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In what the BBC calls an "imperious display," Roger Federer ended Novak Djokovic's perfect season and 43-match winning streak at the French Open. Federer now advances to the final on Sunday against Rafael Nadal.

If you're not much of a tennis fan, here's what was at stake in this match for everyone:

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3:37pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Music Interviews

Moby: On The Long, Lonesome Road

A self-portrait from Moby's new photo book Destroyed, released alongside a moody album of the same name.
Moby Courtesy of the artist

In the early '90s, Moby was a popular DJ in the U.K. club scene. He played techno, house and electronica — all genres that weren't really big in the U.S. at the time.

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3:16pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Tracing E. Coli Outbreaks To The Source Takes Gumshoes, Luck

Lettuce at an organic vegetable farm in Teltow, Germany. Organic farmers in Germany are reporting a surge in demand for lettuce and cucumbers in the wake of an outbreak of E. coli after health officials warned people not to eat cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes, though organic produce may not necessarily be safer.
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It's been well over a week since something rotten turned up in Germany. But scientists still aren't sure where it came from.

They suspect that an unusual variant of E. coli could have contaminated cucumbers, lettuce and/or tomatoes and German officials are still warning against eating them.

But the ultimate source of the foodborne illness continues to stymie them.

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