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Comet Lander Sends Back Data, Settles In For A Potentially Long Nap

Mission Control re-established contact with the Philae lander today, but its bumpy landing left it in the shadow of a cliff — a bad spot when you're relying on solar power.
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How Bacteria In The Gut Help Fight Off Viruses

Rotavirus kills more than a half-million kids around the world each year. Now scientists have evidence that the secret to stopping it is hiding in the trillions of bacteria of our microbiome.
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WATCH: Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Has Snack, Playtime

Found in late September along the California coast, "Pup 681" spent a month at the Monterey Aquarium before being transferred to her new home at the Shedd in Chicago.
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Controversy Over Scientist's Shirt Mars Celebration Of Comet Landing

A scientist who contributed to this week's triumphant comet landing mission has upset people by wearing a loud shirt that some say is sexist. On Twitter, people have dubbed the dispute "shirtstorm."
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'Shirtstorm' Leads To Apology From European Space Scientist

As the Rosetta mission made history by putting a lander on a comet, one of its leading scientists drew wide criticism for wearing a shirt featuring lingerie-clad women.
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Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

Researchers writing in the journal Science say that if the rate of global warming goes unchecked, the frequency of lightning strikes will increase by 50 percent.
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Comet Lander Deploys Drill, But Could Lose Power Tonight

Fearing that Philae's batteries won't last past Friday, engineers are looking at possible ways to help it get more power from its solar panels. One ray of hope: Its comet is heading toward the sun.
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Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.
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With Drought The New Normal, Calif. Farmers Find They Have To Change

Three years of severe drought in California is forcing farmers and ranchers to make some tough choices. In some cases, they're rethinking everything about their business and finding new opportunities.
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

The astrophysicist has been tweeting about the science behind the film. In an interview with NPR, Tyson goes beyond those tweets, into wormholes, relativity and even some spoilers.

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