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Space Probe Finds Ice In Mercury's Craters

On the poles of our solar system's innermost planet, where temperatures can drop to -100 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers have identified water ice and organic "goo," most likely deposited there by comets that crashed into the planet.
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Quinoa Craze Inspires North America To Start Growing Its Own

A North American quinoa boom may be just over the horizon, plant breeders say, as the Rocky Mountains, much of Canada, and the Pacific Northwest all have potential as production regions. Right now, almost all of the world's supply of the ancient superfood comes from a few suitable growing places in South America.
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Key To E. Coli-Free Spinach May Be An Ultrasonic Spa Treatment

A new way to clean spinach combines an old technique and a new one to get the disease-causing bacteria. But there aren't any commercial orders for the ultrasonic spinach spa just yet.
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A Short Fuse For Fusion As Ignition Misses Deadline

The $5 billion National Ignition Facility has been called a modern-day moonshot, a project of "revolutionary science." But the massive experiment that aims to generate nuclear fusion has failed to do so by a key deadline.
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Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

A computer science study shows that when an orchestra's musicians closely follow the lead of the conductor, rather than one another, they produce better music.
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Hope, Innovation: Remembering A Transplant Pioneer

Renee Montagne talks with Dr. Atul Gawande about the life and work of Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the first successful organ transplant in 1954. Murray died Monday at age 93.
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To Fight Tick-Borne Disease, Someone Has To Catch Ticks

A Rhode Island researcher is a master at collecting deer ticks where other people overlook them. He caught 15,000 of them last year, and his success is a sign of a growing problem. Tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
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Will Florida Pythons Slither To Rest Of The U.S.?

Researchers from the University of Florida, National Geographic and other groups say Burmese pythons may not be as likely to spread across the Southeast U.S. as previous researchers have warned. Cold weather may beat them back.

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