Today's Takeaway | February 28, 2013

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on August 10, 2011 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty)

Does the Sequester Represent a Dysfunctional Budget Process? | Cutting Federal Programs A Good Thing for Individual States: A Case Study | The Secrets Process of Picking a Pope | Cold War Musical Envoy and Piano Legend Van Cliburn Dies at 78 | Study Finds Common Genetic Thread in Five Common Psychiatric Diseases | Rosalind Franklin and Other Unsung (Female) Heroes of Science | Want to Give Back? Get a Job on Wall Street

One More Sign that Washington Can't Handle Money

The budget wars seem never ending in Washington D.C., with the sequester just one day away and no agreement between the White House and Republican leadership in sight.

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Why Some in Texas See Sequestration as an Opportunity

Most Americans can probably think of some federal programs that we could do without. But in practice, the  repercussions for each state may be drastically different, depending on their reliance of federal money.

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The Secret Process of Picking a Pope

Pope Benedict the sixteenth gives up the papacy today, leaving the world's 1.1 billion Catholics without a religious leader. How will the next one be chosen?

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Cold War Musical Envoy and Piano Legend Van Cliburn Dies at 78

It was 1958. In the midst of the Cold War, the inaugural Tchaikovsky International Competition took place in Moscow. Amid a climate of fear and mutual suspicion between Americans and Russians, a 23-year-old Texan named Van Cliburn performed a breath-taking rendition of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

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Study Finds Common Genetic Thread in Five Psychiatric Diseases

A new study published in The Lancet today has found a common genetic thread running through five well-known psychiatric diseases. Scientists hope the findings will clear up how these diseases are classified, moving from describing symptoms to identifying underlying causes.

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Rosalind Franklin and Other Unsung Female Heroes of Science

Sixty years ago this week, James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled their model for the structure of DNA in the journal Nature. It was a revolutionary event, but it wasn’t built on their work alone.

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Want to Give Back? Get a Job on Wall Street

According to Oxford ethicist William MacAskill, the most effective route to "making a difference" in the world is not to work for a charity but to donate loads of cash instead. And the best way to do that? Get a job on Wall Street.

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