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Test Flight Crash Fails To Deter Space Tourists

Last week, a commercial spaceship built by Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight. More than 700 had signed up for flights on the craft, and many are sticking with the project — for now.
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How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

The U.S. government has stopped some experiments with dangerous viruses, saying the risks need to be reconsidered. Key work in one scientist's lab has been halted.
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Security Agents Often Miss When Passports Don't Match Faces

The people checking travelers' passports aren't great at catching fake or stolen documents. One solution might be to screen the screeners and only hire those with a talent for recognizing faces.
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What Does A GOP Majority Mean For Environmental Policy?

Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Coral Davenport about the impact of a GOP majority Congress on environmental policies.
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Battle Lines Drawn After Texas Town Bans Fracking

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in their city. It's the first time a city in the state — where energy is king — has voted to ban fracking. State officials have already filed lawsuits to try and overturn the ban.
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Astronomers Glimpse Distant Planetary Nursery

Images produced by a giant radio telescope array in Chile's Atacama desert show a nascent star and what's thought to be its solar system in the process of being born.
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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.
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Innovation: Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a dog harness, equipped with speakers and vibrating motors, that could be used in search and rescue or to improve dog training.
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Discovery's Man-Swallowing Snake Stunt Stretches Credulity

The channel promises to air an episode featuring a man in a protective suit who is swallowed alive by a giant green anaconda.
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Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

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