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Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space

On Tuesday, NASA is to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes.
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Lead Exposure May Cause Depression In Chinese Children

Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.
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Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch

An earlier version of the satellite crashed into the ocean near Antarctica shortly after launch. Scientists are keeping their fingers crossed for the second attempt.
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NASA Explores A New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas

NASA is asking the public to help it develop new ways to bring their technology to the commercial market. Daniel Lockney of NASA tells us more about this crowdsourcing, profit-sharing initiative.
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The Past Is Where It's At For The Future Of Barbecue

The future of good barbecue isn't in new technology, but in the old way of cooking with wood and smoke, says one expert. The science of slow-cooked meat seems to support his argument.
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Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.
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Nasa Bends The Rules To Get Two Rovers To Mars

Space is a premium in space. So NASA ended up folding two rovers inside a shipping container, and then unfolding them when they landed. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on June 9.
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Curious Father Decodes His Unborn Son's DNA

Geneticist Razib Kahn sequenced the entire genome of his unborn son. He tells NPR's Don Gonyea why he mapped the gene sequence and what he found: For instance, his son probably won't be a picky eater.
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Her Baby Is At Risk; Lauren's Story

They were having a baby. Both she and her husband carry a gene that might cause problems, "might" being a 25 percent chance. Is that high? Low? What to do? Here's the story, nicely drawn, deeply felt.
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As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln set aside the nation's first federally-protected wilderness areas. Visitors have enjoyed Yosemite's wonders ever since — sometimes to the point of endangering them.

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