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In November 2014, Sarah Laskow described the decades-long development of the modern bar code.
The year you were born, Midge Decter wrote about what went wrong for a generation that was supposed to be the brightest and most gifted in American history.
In June 2011, Judith Lewis Mernit wrote about new techniques for predicting the next big earthquake.
Heathers was released in 1988.
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“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.
In December 2015, Marina Koren wrote about the Pentagon opening all combat jobs to women.
In June 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the complicated creative process that shaped the film.
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In April 2014, Jake Simpson wrote about the bleak future ahead of the sport of golf after Tiger Woods fades from contention.
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People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
In May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.
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