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WATCH: SpaceX Booster Crashes On Barge

The company's resupply mission to the International Space Station went off without a hitch last week, but an attempt to land the spent booster on a floating platform didn't go as well.
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It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.
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Long-Lost European Spacecraft Spotted On Mars By NASA Probe

The Beagle 2 Mars lander was lost in December 2003. Today, scientists confirmed their spacecraft was found partially deployed on the surface of the Red Planet.
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By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.
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Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are underrepresented.
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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.
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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.
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New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.
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GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.
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Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark Sky Reserve

The International Dark-Sky Association has named only three "gold-tier reserves" on Earth where a "full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed." There's only one in the Northern Hemisphere — at the the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in far Southwestern Ireland.

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