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Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

The Voyager spacecraft revolutionized our understanding of space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age, planetary scientist Jim Bell shares stories about the planning and excitement back on Earth.
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For The Evolution Of Marine Creatures, Bigger Is Better, Study Says

A new study published in Science looked at thousands of marine animals over a 540-million-year evolutionary span. Their conclusion: Most of them got larger.
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15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

The test is as simple as a pregnancy test. So it could help health workers find and stop new outbreaks more quickly. But it doesn't catch every case and still requires some lab equipment.
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Why California's Superbug Outbreak Isn't As Scary As It Seems

The outbreak of drug-thwarting bacteria that contributed to the deaths of two patients at a UCLA hospital isn't likely to spread further, doctors say. Still, drug resistance is trouble nationwide.
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Will The Next 'MacGyver' Be An Indian Woman?

Sharpen your Swiss Army knives and grab an extra roll of duct tape, because Mac may be coming back. The creators are looking to the fans to design the new show. And there's one big twist.
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A Biological Quest Leads To A New Kind Of Breast Cancer Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that thwarts some enzymes breast cancer cells use to evade treatment with estrogen-blocking drugs.
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Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Scientists have found some human DNA that, when added to mice, makes their brains bigger. But as DNA research into human brains goes forward, are there ethical lines we shouldn't cross?
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Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

Humiliation, fear and unpredictability all turn up the volume on pain, research shows. And meditation can turn down pain's intensity, according to scientists who are starting to figure out why.
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Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Fat has a lot in common with the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. But while people easily recognize the texture of fat, scientists say they can't quite perceive the taste.
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How Marijuana Highjacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

Where there's pot, there's often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we're full.

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