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In Montana Wilds, An Unlikely Alliance To Save The Sage Grouse

The chicken-size sage grouse is as much a part of America's Western range as antelopes and cowboys. The birds nest beneath sagebrush, and as it disappears, so do the grouse. Biologists hope to protect the bird without starting a 21st century range war.
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Maryland Lawmaker Proposes National Park On The Moon

There are already 59 national parks in the United States, but one being proposed by Maryland Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards would be quite literally out of this world.

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Harmful Parasites In Cat Poop Are Widespread

A parasite that plays a role in a range of human illnesses may be more common than you thought. More than a million cats in the U.S. are thought to be spreading the parasite.
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Uncovering The Mystery Behind An Atlantic Tsunami

Scientists in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are still trying to understand what exactly caused a tsunami to strike the East Coast in June. There was no seismic record of the incident. But a team of scientists came together to analyze tidal and weather data. They believe the tsunami may have been caused by a weather phenomenon known as a "derecho."
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The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands

The design, called Stand, is already selling to customers across Europe. The same water running while you wash your hands is also used to flush, says the designer.
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As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

Across the corn belt, farmers are pulling out all the stops in their war the corn rootworm. They're returning to chemical pesticides, because the weapons of biotechnology — inserted genes that are supposed to kill the rootworm — aren't working so well anymore.
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The Quantified Self Movement

Tech Tuesday explores the "quantified self," a movement to harness personal data to increase healthy living.

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Boy Writes To NASA; NASA Writes Back

"Dear NASA," the letter begins. "My name is Dexter I heard that you are sending 2 people to Mars and I would like to come but I'm 7."
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Math Class Made Delicious: Learn About Cones Through Scones

"Conic sections" are the four kinds of curves that result when a plane slices through a cone. But if you forgot that bit of high school algebra, here's one way to make sure you digest the lesson — this time, in a most delicious form: scones.
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Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex

There are tests for heart attacks and diabetes, but few for brain disorders. Researchers are trying to change that, but are finding the hunt for biomarkers for mental illness to be a tough slog. Tests on the market, like ones for Alzheimer's, are not conclusive.

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