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The European debt crisis

How might Europe’s spiraling debt crisis affect the U.S. and its stalled economic recovery? To understand the potential impact, here are five things to know.

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Drones

Today’s top-secret drone wars are moving warfare and international relations into the future. As the robotics revolution is poised to alter our relationship with war, here are five things to know about the drones of today and tomorrow.

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Budgeting your money

Five easy-to-follow tips that will help you gain control of your personal finances.

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Payday lending

Do payday loans take advantage of the poor? Or do they extend much-needed loans to consumers with no other access to credit? Read our primer.

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Pepper spray

From Occupy to Black Friday, pepper spray has dominated national headlines in recent weeks. Here are five things to know about the controversial chemical agent.

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The Keystone XL pipeline

The Keystone XL oil pipeline is the subject of one of the biggest political battles brewing in Washington, and has ensnared groups from both sides of the political spectrum. What’s at stake and what’s behind the controversy?

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Student-loan debt

Will higher education be the next bubble to burst? Here are five things to know about student-loan debt.

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The U.S. Postal Service

The American postal service is on the verge of default. The task at hand is figuring out not just how to make the USPS financially viable, but also relevant in our wired world. Here are five things to know.

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Male pill

We may be as close as five to 10 years away from a commercially available contraceptive for men, researchers say. Here are five things you need to know about the “male pill.”

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Juicing

It’s hard to argue against the benefits of eating your vegetables. But drinking your vegetables is another story. Is juicing the antidote to bad health, as its proponents claim, or just another fad diet? Here’s what you need to know.

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Migraine headaches

Twelve percent of Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Is chronic migraine truly debilitating or just a mere nuisance? Here’s what you need to know.

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Competitive eating

Whether you think it’s excessive, fascinating or both, the stakes have been raised in competitive eating, and the gross-out factor is still going strong. What does the future hold for this stunt (or sport)? Here’s what you need to know.

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Space junk

The International Space Station almost got slammed by a chunk of junk. How much space debris is out there? And what can we do about it?

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MRSA, the superbug

Resistant to antibiotics and growing tougher by the year, MRSA is responsible for 19,000 deaths each year in the U.S. But are its rising rates a true public health crisis or an overblown cause for alarm?

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Osama bin Laden’s death and its impact on U.S. foreign policy

Joshua Foust outlines five key takeaway points in assessing the impact of the terrorist mastermind’s death on U.S. foreign policy.