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A Year On Mars: What's Curiosity Been Up To?

In its first year on the red planet, the six-wheeled rover has driven a little bit more than a mile, drilled into rocks and performed chemical and mineral analysis. Its next journey is a 5-mile trek to the foothills of Mount Sharp to help study Mars' watery past.
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Talking Robot Astronaut Heads To International Space Station

Japanese-built Kirobo, which measures at just over a foot tall and looks something like a child's toy, will act as a shipboard companion to future ISS Commander Kochi Wakata.
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Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Researchers are getting clues about the human life cycle from studying the death of tiny worms, which internally release a blue fluorescent dye in the waning hours of their lives. The glowing chemical travels from one end of the creature to the other. One researcher calls it "reminiscent of the soul departing the worm."
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Our Once And Future Oceans: Taking Lessons From Earth's Past

Paleontologists have been spending a lot of time studying the Earth of 50 million years ago, which was much hotter than it is today. They're hoping a glimpse into the planet's geologic past will show them how the planet will respond to all the carbon dioxide we're now putting into the air.
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What Poisoned Pomegranates Tell Us About Food Safety

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced a plan to try and prevent American food companies from importing contaminated produce from abroad. The case of the poisoned pomegranates from Turkey shows that our safety systems for imported food, however helpful, are not foolproof.
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What Outbreak? Students Tune Out Tweeted Health Warnings

When an outbreak of pneumonia sickened 83 Georgia Tech students last fall, campus officials blanketed the campus with information about how to stop the infection's spread. Despite the barrage of information, many students surveyed a month later said they never got the word.
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Want To Be A Morning Person? Take A Few Tips From Campers

A week out in nature — away from electrical lights — quickly resets the body's internal clock, scientists say. And it helps night owls who have problems waking up be more alert in the morning. The findings suggest some easy ways to help everyone hop out of bed with more energy.
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Backpacks For Dragonflies: Inside The Janelia Farm Research Campus

In a simulated indoor forest at the Janelia Farm Research Campus, scientist Anthony Leonardo uses tiny "telemetry backpacks" to study how dragonflies hunt down fruit flies.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Hall Of Fame

We'll reach into the Metro Connection archives this week and bring you some of our favorite stories from the past year.

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Jack Longino, 'The Astonishing Ant Man,' Finds 33 New Species

All told, the scientist has discovered 131 new species of animals in his career, and some are so scary-looking, he's named them after demons. It's a task that's taken more than 30 years of crawling through rain forests to accomplish, and Longino says he's still only scratched the surface.

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