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It is said that happiness is where you find it. After a worldwide search, NPR correspondent Eric Weiner says that's only partly true.

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Eric Weiner is a long-time NPR correspondent and writer, whose most recent book is The Geography of Bliss.

 The tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan may be themost blissful country on the planet, Weiner writes. It's unquestionably the only country with its own official policy of Gross National Happiness. He's got a slideshow of scenes from Bhutan which you can see here.

 

One way or another, seeds have fed humans for centuries. But their future, and ours, is threatened by the combination of genetic engineering and global warming.

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Click here to read an excerpt from Uncertain Peril.

 

 

 

Claire Hope Cummings, the author of Uncertain Peril, is a Napa County based writer, journalist and environmental attorney.

 

If all of humankind were to vanish from the planet overnight, the effects of our presence would linger on for centuries, and in some cases, millennia.

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 Author Alan Weisman. Read his full bio here.

  

 

If humankind were to vanish from the Earth, which of our artifacts would be the first to follow us, and what would endure the longest? Find out here .

 

 

Democrats in the California state legislature have pushed through an $18 billion budget package aimed at slowing the state's growing deficit. But its not clear that the bills will become law--or that they were legally adopted.

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Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) chairs the Assembly Budget Committee, and believes the budget actions taken Thursday were at least technically legal. But because they employed a never-before-used strategem, that's open to debate. Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters explains the issues here .

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