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Stepping Inside The 'NanoFab'

The NanoFab facility in Gaithersburg, Md. houses multi-million dollar pieces of equipment, which scientists can rent to perform experiments on an atomic scale.

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It's 'Birds Gone Wild' Out On Australia's Heron Island

Normally, the buff-breasted rail is a shy little creature. But on this island out on the Great Barrier Reef, it's become the avian equivalent of a weed. And the island is dotted with other pesky and sometimes (to visitors) menacing birds.
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Spring May Have Sprung, But Most Gardens Are Still Slumbering

Spring has sprung, but in most parts of the country, just-picked vegetables are still months away. In northern Minnesota, growers are experimenting with solar soil-warming techniques to coax spring to appear earlier.
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Forensic Advances Raise New Questions About Old Convictions

William Richards was convicted of murder in 1997 after a forensic dentist identified a mark on the victim as a bite. Years later, the witness recanted after seeing a new forensic analysis. As forensic technology improves, more old convictions are likely to draw new challenges around the country.
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Scientists: 'No Options' To Stop Massive Asteroids On Collision Course

Scientists told a Senate panel that getting caught off-guard by a space rock hurtling toward Earth would lead to devastating consequences.
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The Science Behind Good Design

Why are some shapes more pleasing to us than others? And is beautiful design the same as good design? We explore what nature and science have to say.

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We Have Liftoff: Apollo Rocket Engines Reportedly Pulled From Ocean Floor

Some of the most powerful U.S. rocket engines ever built have been raised from the depths off Florida. The Apollo-era motors are to be restored and put on display. Meanwhile, NASA has pulled unused copies of the same engine out of storage and fired them up as part of its program to build new heavy lift rockets.

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