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4:24 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

'Firework, Not Fire Fun': The Serious Jobs Of Pyrotechnic Pros

Fireworks light up the sky above the Brooklyn Bridge during Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in 2014.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:46 pm

Designing a vast fireworks show is a bit like composing music. There's the opening to think about, of course, and the grand finale — and all the intricacies with which the colors and displays intermingle in between.

For Jim Souza, the president of Pyro Spectaculars, this is his art.

"The sky is the canvas," he says, lending another metaphor, "and fire's my paint."

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The Salt
4:17 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, depicts the goddess of love floating on a giant scallop shell. The word aphrodisiac derives from her Greek name, Aphrodite.
Sandro Botticelli Wikimedia

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:33 pm

What do we know about the power of food to rev up sex drive? Not much.

"Really, science has not figured out what determines sexual motivation and sexual attraction. If we knew the answer to that, we'd probably be richer than Pfizer after they invented Viagra," says Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

She hasn't seen any compelling evidence that any particular food can intensify desire.

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News
4:14 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence

Crowds gather to pay their respects outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., in a photo by the Post and Courier.
Pool Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:42 pm

For the The Post and Courier, the newspaper in Charleston, S.C., it's been a crazy three months. The regional paper has been driving the coverage of the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church.

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Technology
4:08 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:42 pm

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Computer programs are super powerful, and they're coming for your job, right? Not so fast. In the past couple of months, Wired staff writer Julia Greenberg has noticed a new hiring trend, starting with a posting for a news editor at Apple.

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Religion
4:06 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

In A Time Of Grief And Recovery, A Sunday Sermon Foretold

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 5:42 pm

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