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Tiny, Ancient Tree-Dweller Was One Of Earth's Earliest Primates

About 55 million years ago, a teacup-sized critter in China was helping to pave the way for apes and humans. This insect eater had fingernails and stereo vision, a newly published analysis of a fossil suggests. And it weighed just 1 ounce.
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The Smithsonian Explores Navigation

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution examines the history and future of navigation, from following the North Star at sea to following the GPS in your cell phone.

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Try No. 2 For NASA Rocket From Wallops

After scrubbing the rocket launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday night, NASA says they will try again Wednesday, and the launch should be visible across the region.

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Let Them Eat Wood! (If It's Turned Into Starch)

A scientist has developed a technology to turn the cellulose in nonfood plants like trees and grasses into edible starch. Sounds zany, but guess what? Cellulose products are already commonly used as food additives in hundreds of processed and fast food items.
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Can Going Vegetarian Help You Live Longer? Maybe

Fresh research finds that men who ate vegetarian diets were less likely to die from heart disease and other heart conditions. But if you're looking for the definitive study that might persuade meat lovers to become vegetarian, this may not be it.
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Rocket Launch From Wallops Visible In D.C. Tonight

A suborbital rocket being launched from Wallops Island in Virginia should be visible to those in the D.C. region around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

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The French Learned To Make Wine From Italians 2,400 Years Ago

These days, French vintners are globally renowned for their fine wines. And now, thanks to some nifty molecular archaeology, we know they picked up those winemaking skills from some helpful ancient Italians as early as 425 B.C.
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Miss. Turns To 'Cord Blood' To Track Down Statutory Rapists

Starting in July, doctors and midwives in Mississippi will be required by law to collect samples of umbilical cord blood from babies born to some girls under the age of 16. Officials will analyze the samples and try to identify the fathers through matches in the state's DNA database.
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America's Energy Future Beyond Oil And Gas

Natural gas production in this country is booming. On a far smaller scale, so are some alternative energy industries. Please join us to discuss the growth prospects for wind, solar and nuclear power in the United States.

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