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Digg: pri.org Stories Digg: pri.org Stories Digg - What the Internet is talking about right now Diamond Labs Say Theirs Are Forever Too — Even If They Were Made Yesterday Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the investors in a man-made diamond company in Silicon Valley. He says it's a moral alternative to blood diamonds. Traders say it may put 1.5 million diggers out of work and imperil the 7 million people they support. A Brief History Of Coups In NATO Nations Turkey has had a remarkable run of democratic stability over the past almost 20 years. Since the military took power in a coup in 1997, democratic elections have led to peaceful transitions of power. Thailand’s Thoughtcrime Arrests Are Getting Dangerously Bizarre In the past nine months, Thais have been charged for clicking “like” on subversive Facebook memes. Or for allegedly insulting the king’s pet dog. Others have been detained simply for raising three fingers, an anti-tyranny salute from the “Hunger Games” films. A $150,000 Fish Known for its agile body, sleek shiny scales and the "whiskers" that give it a resemblance to a Chinese dragon, demand for the Sapphire Golden Arowana is so high that people have paid up to $150,000 — or killed someone else — for one. The US Is Dropping Bombs Quicker Than It Can Make Them Ongoing air wars in Middle East have caused an unexpected dip in the Pentagon’s stockpile of air-to-ground munitions — and Washington has been slow to address the supply problem. Trying (And Trying) To Get Records From The 'Most Transparent Administration' Ever "Two years ago last month, I filed a public records request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of my reporting into the flawed response to Hurricane Sandy. Then, I waited." Three Former Guantanamo Detainees Walk Into Uruguay At first they were welcomed. That didn't last. America’s First ‘War On Christmas’ It's pretty common to hear people complaining about the so-called "War on Christmas." Whoever designs the cups at Starbucks knows what we’re talking about. But the US relationship with the Christian holiday is pretty complex. Are Algorithms Racist — And Can We Fix That? "Big data is very exciting for lots of reasons. It gives us capacities that we simply didn't have before. But there is also this little trap that we can tend to look at large collections of data as somehow being more objective and more representative when this is not necessarily the case." A Haunting Tale Of Isolation, Loyalty, Murder And Survival In 2004, 34 men, women and children stepped out of a forest in southern Laos. They had never seen cars, telephones or television, and believed that they were refugees from a war engulfing their native Cambodia. They did not know that the war they were fleeing had in fact ended — a full 25 years earlier. The Herpetologist Who Documented His Own Death, For Science In September 1957, famed herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt was examining a new snake species when it bit his thumb. But instead of seeking medical attention, he turned to his journal, and began recording the effects the venom was having on him. Within 24 hours he would be pronounced dead. China Has Seen The Enemy, And It Is Golf That seemingly most Western of sports is a unique prism on modern China. Many Chinese want to play, but the Communist Party doesn't like the game. And today, Communist Party officials officially barred its 88 million members from belonging to a golf club. The Real Chemistry Behind Agatha Christie’s Murders "I think her toxic tally is over 30 different compounds, which is incredible, and they are all brilliantly integrated into the plot so there's lots of chemistry and biological clues in there if you if you're looking for them." In The 'New North,' Forest Fires Are Permanently Altering The Landscape Scientists are warning that intense wildfires in the northernmost areas of North America are changing the composition of the tundra ecosystem, degrading permafrost and contributing to a northward migration of trees, all of which have serious implications for the future of the climate. A Man Who Travels The World Not To See Things, But Hear Them Dutch artist Jacob Kirkegaard uses accelerometers to record below the Earth’s surface, hydrophones to capture sound underwater and even tiny microphones to tape otoacoustic vibrations created by the human ear. Is The Wealth Gap Exacerbated By After School Sports? America's wealthiest families have increased spending on their children by 75 percent. At the same time, there’s been a 22 percent drop in spending by those at the bottom of the income scale. This includes sports and curriculars. How Your LED Desk Lamp Could Help You Connect To The Internet Lighting has come a long way since Tom Edison lit his first incandescent bulb in the 1880s. LED bulbs are popping up everywhere, on planes, car headlights, in your phone. When you buy a new light bulb now, chances are it's going to be an LED. Put Down The Emergen-C — Vitamin C Does Not Ward Off Colds Ame