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With Space-Bound Hubbies, 'Astrowives' Became 'First Reality Stars'

On April 9,1959, the U.S. introduced its first astronauts, and then launched their wives into the spotlight. In The Astronaut Wives Club, Lily Koppel looks at how seven women coped with the attention and anxiety that came with being married to the space race.
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Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

Systems that turn a driver's speech into text are the most distracting. Drivers in a University of Utah test experienced a kind of inattention blindness that mean they sometimes overlooked potential hazards.
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China Launches Crew Into Space, Starting 15-Day Mission

China's leaders and media outlets are calling the launch the next step in China's "space dream," which began in earnest 10 years ago with the country's first manned spaceflight.
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Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development

Every night for thousands of years, bats have poured out of the Bracken Cave Reserve, near San Antonio, by the millions. But conservationists are worried that plans for a housing development nearby will disrupt the bats' rural habitat.
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To Crack Down On Rhino Poaching, Authorities Turn To Drones

Sky-high prices for elephant ivory and rhino horn have pushed wildlife poaching to a fever pitch. So in attempt to outfox the sophisticated poaching operations, conservationists and government rangers are teaming up to launch small, camera-carrying drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, above southwest Africa.
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Za'atar: A Spice Mix With Biblical Roots And Brain Food Reputation

This alluring spice mix has an incredible aroma and deep roots in the Middle East. For centuries, people have been eating za'atar not just for its savory taste but also for its reputed health benefits. Modern research confirms it's packed with antioxidants.
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The Gamma Delphinids Are Coming: 'Elusive' Meteor Shower Tonight

They travel at about 127,500 miles per hour, and NASA calls them "elusive" and "scarcely known." Tonight could bring the best views of the gamma Delphinid meteor shower since 1930.

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