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Which Came First: The Galaxy Or The Black Hole?

Robert Siegel talks with UT-Austin astrophysicist Karl Gebhardt about his team's discovery of a giant black hole in a tiny galaxy. The discovery contradicts traditional theories of galaxy formation.
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Tastier Winter Tomatoes, Thanks To A Boom In Greenhouse Growing

Just because it's cold doesn't mean we should have to give up delicious tomatoes. The "buy-local" movement has spurred a boom in greenhouse grown winter tomatoes in cold climates from Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Madison, Maine. And it uses less water and less land than conventional methods.
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Space Probe Finds Ice In Mercury's Craters

On the poles of our solar system's innermost planet, where temperatures can drop to -100 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers have identified water ice and organic "goo," most likely deposited there by comets that crashed into the planet.
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Quinoa Craze Inspires North America To Start Growing Its Own

A North American quinoa boom may be just over the horizon, plant breeders say, as the Rocky Mountains, much of Canada, and the Pacific Northwest all have potential as production regions. Right now, almost all of the world's supply of the ancient superfood comes from a few suitable growing places in South America.
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Key To E. Coli-Free Spinach May Be An Ultrasonic Spa Treatment

A new way to clean spinach combines an old technique and a new one to get the disease-causing bacteria. But there aren't any commercial orders for the ultrasonic spinach spa just yet.
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A Short Fuse For Fusion As Ignition Misses Deadline

The $5 billion National Ignition Facility has been called a modern-day moonshot, a project of "revolutionary science." But the massive experiment that aims to generate nuclear fusion has failed to do so by a key deadline.
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Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

A computer science study shows that when an orchestra's musicians closely follow the lead of the conductor, rather than one another, they produce better music.
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Hope, Innovation: Remembering A Transplant Pioneer

Renee Montagne talks with Dr. Atul Gawande about the life and work of Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the first successful organ transplant in 1954. Murray died Monday at age 93.

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