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Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Final Landing

The space shuttle Endeavour was flown into its new home of Los Angeles on Friday. Before touching down at LAX, it flew low over L.A. landmarks on the back of a modified Boeing 747. It is headed to the California Science Center, where it will be placed on permanent display.
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Government Officials Retire Chimpanzees From Research

The National Institutes of Health will retire over 100 chimps from biomedical research experiments after deciding there's no longer a need for them. Some chimps are headed to a sanctuary, while others will go to a facility in Texas that will care for them.
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Printing Solar Panels In The Backyard

With crowd-sourced funding through Kickstarter, a team of inventors are building a Solar Pocket Factory: a machine designed to print micro solar panels--like the ones used in phone chargers and garden lights. Co-inventor Shawn Frayne stopped by Flora Lichtman's backyard with a few pieces of the prototype to explain how the machine works.
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The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America

Each year, Americans waste 33 million tons of food. Dana Gunders, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and author Jonathan Bloom discuss the economic and environmental impacts of food waste, and what can be done to fight the growing problem.
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NASA Launches Suborbital Sounding Rockets

NASA has launched the first of two suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Flight Facility earlier this morning.

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Can Government Bans Tackle Obesity?

New York City's Board of Health approved a controversial and first-of-its-kind soda ban earlier this month. Marion Nestle of New York University and Brian Wansink of Cornell University debate whether government regulations are an effective way to fight the obesity epidemic.
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Getting Slower And Slower: How Slow Can You Go?

Usain Bolt is the fastest human on Earth, but the average sneeze is more than three times faster. And everyone knows that snails are sluggish, but how do they compare to the speed of a growing fingernail?
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Diagnosing, Treating And Living With Multiple Sclerosis

As many as one in 500 Americans has multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that can lead to permanent disabilities: Diagnosing, treating and living with MS.

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Who's Next In Line For A Kidney Transplant? The Answer Is Changing

The nonprofit in charge of distributing organs wants to revamp the system for distributing kidneys for the first time in 25 years. But some transplant specialists and bioethicists fear the changes could end up discriminating against some patients.

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