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The Government Shutdown's Final Frontier: How NASA Is Dealing

Houston's Mission Control is still talking to the astronauts circling the globe in the International Space Station. But most other phone lines are down, and NASA says the shutdown could deter launches of other spacecraft and slow repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope if something goes wrong.

Why Eye Contact Can Fail To Win People Over

People are told that if you want to get a point across, look your audience straight in the eyes. But that works only if the person already agrees with you, a study finds. When people don't share the speaker's opinion, looking them in the eye may actually make them less likely to change their minds.

Can Millet Take On Quinoa? First, It'll Need A Makeover

The grain hasn't quite taken off yet, partly because of perception issues. But farmers are optimistic that the grain, which is high in protein and gluten-free, can compete with quinoa.

The Shutdown's Squeeze On Science And Health

In addition to shutdowns of national parks (including Alcatraz and Yosemite) and the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, the mandatory furloughs are affecting a wide range of government science and health agencies.

Puberty Is Coming Earlier, But That Doesn't Mean Sex Ed Is

Scientists are still trying to understand why more children are reaching puberty earlier than previous generations. Whatever the cause, many young people find they have questions about their changing bodies long before their teachers broach the topic.

When Islands Pop Out Of The Sea

When a powerful earthquake struck Pakistan last week, it triggered a mud volcano that created a new island just off the country's southern coast. It turns out this kind of thing happens every so often. Just ask Charles Darwin.

WATCH: Newborn White Lion Cubs In South Korea

The pair of rare lions were put on public display Tuesday for the first time by South Korea's Everland zoo.

Now You Can Go To Harvard And Learn Cooking Science From Top Chefs

If you've always wanted to take a course at Harvard or with America's most talented chefs, but you didn't have the money, discipline or grades, now's your chance. The best part of this free online class: You can eat your lab experiments.
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A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

Doctor and best-selling author Oliver Sacks' latest book looks at who gets hallucinations and why. The neurologist on his decades-long career exploring the mysteries of the brain.


What's The Forecast On Kepler-7B? Hot And Cloudy

Scientists publishing in Astrophysical Journal Letters say they've used space telescopes to record faint light from the distant planet to get a rough map of its atmosphere.