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"Who Gets Kissed" corn is a variety bred in Wisconsin specifically for organic farmers. It's named for an old game. At corn husking time, a lucky person who found a rare ear of corn with red kernels had the right to kiss anyone that he or she chose.

Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Rearranging veggie genes is big business, and we're not even talking about biotechnology. Private companies and university researchers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year breeding better genetic varieties of food crops.

But organic farmers say those programs have a big blind spot when it comes to figuring out which new varieties are truly better. Few companies or researchers test those varieties under organic conditions.

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association presidential forum in Baltimore on Tuesday. Webb announced Thursday that he is running for president.

Former Sen. Jim Webb Announces Run For Democratic Nomination

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb has become the fifth Democrat to announce he is seeking the party's nomination for president.

"[Our] country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us," Webb said in a statement. "We need to shake the hold of these shadow elites on our political process."

Webb, 69, joins former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee in the 2016 contest.

A woman in Yatta, Kenya, explains how to make clean water using a car battery and just the right mixture of salt and water.

How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

It's easy to take clean, safe water for granted. It just flow out of taps continuously — even in drought-ridden California.

But for hundreds of millions of people around the world clean water is a luxury. In many places, even patients in hospitals and kids at school don't have water that's safe to drink.

Now, an unlikely partnership of an outdoor equipment manufacturer and a global health NGO is trying to change that.

Afghan Court Commutes Death Sentences In Mob Killing Of Woman

An appeals court in Afghanistan has overturned the death sentences handed to four men who were part of a mob that attacked and killed a 28-year-old woman falsely accused of burning the Quran.

The mangled fuselage of a TransAsia Airways commercial plane is dragged to the river bank after it crashed in Taipei, Taiwan, in February.

Taiwan Airliner's Black Box Shows Pilot May Have Shut Off Wrong Engine

"Wow, pulled back wrong side throttle."

Those were the words spoken in Chinese on the cockpit voice recorder just eight seconds before a Taiwanese airliner crashed shortly after takeoff, killing 43 people, according to a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder released by investigators.

A man holds an American and a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC after the court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Was The Most Current Supreme Court Session 'A Liberal Term For The Ages'?

The Supreme Court term that just ended included historic rulings in support of same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent at The New York Times, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "Political scientists will say that this is a liberal term for the ages."

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign rally in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday.

Bernie Sanders Just Drew A Huge Crowd. How Does It Measure Up?

Call it the latest sign of "Bernie-mentum" — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' latest event in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday drew an estimated 10,000 supporters. He packed the arena at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the liberal college town.

Sanders said last month that he was "stunned" by the large crowds showing up for him. Organizers were once shocked by 300 in Iowa, then 5,000 in Minnesota.

On Friday, a Russian Soyuz rocket will send an unmanned cargo ship with more than 3 tons of food, water and fuel for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Russian Rocket Poised For Crucial Supply Run To Space Station

The stakes are high for a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station, after a string of failures has left the orbiting outpost running somewhat low on supplies.

Early Friday, an unmanned Russian rocket will lift off with food, fuel and other essentials. The launch comes less than a week after another unmanned rocket from commercial firm SpaceX disintegrated shortly after liftoff.

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends an emergency Parliament session for the government's proposed referendum in Athens on June 27.

Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Greece's Impasse With Europe

This is what has unfolded in Greece in the past week:

June 26: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announces a July 5 referendum on terms put forward by the strapped country's creditors and urges his people to vote "no."

Skydiving and vacuuming burn the same number of calories. So what'll it be, thrills or a clean carpet?

Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same

Sure, playing in the women's World Cup burns a lot more energy than watching the women's World Cup. But the number of calories expended in sports and daily activities isn't always so obvious.

To figure it out, we dove into this database compiled by Arizona State University. It charts the energy expenditure for hundreds of activities, from mainstream ("bicycling, leisure, 5.5 mph") to obscure ("caulking, chinking log cabin").

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