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At Old Mine, Hopes Of Striking Gold With Dark Matter

A mile-deep mine in South Dakota was closed a decade ago. Now, it's been cleaned up and revamped as an underground science laboratory. Scientists hope the experiments thousands of feet underground will help prove the existence of dark matter.
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Disease Expert Calls For More Talk On Flu Experiments

A government official told federally funded flu scientists meeting in New York that it was too soon to resume controversial experiments on mutant bird flu viruses, saying the public has to have input. But one of the flu researchers who did the work says he thinks it is time to lift the moratorium on this research, and that scientists around the world will not feel bound by what the U.S. government decides. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports.
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NIH Official Calls For Extension Of Moratorium On Bird Flu Experiments

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said public discussions about controversial bird flu experiments are needed before a moratorium on them can be lifted.
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Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine

Don't swat away that buzzing wasp. It may help spread the yeast that starts the fermentation process in grapes while they're still on the vine. The yeast carried by the wasp give wine its complexity, scientists say.
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Telescope Targets Black Holes' Binges And Burps

Black holes grow by eating space dust and gas — and the material swallowed up emits high-energy X-rays. Later this week, NASA's newest space telescope will start searching the universe for signs of these mealtimes in hopes of unlocking some of the secrets of black holes.
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Legal Battle Erupts Over Whose Plastic Consumers Should Trust

As BPA is phased out of some plastics, there are questions about the safety of other chemicals. A suit has been filed against Eastman, a company that makes a new BPA-free plastic called Tritan. Do other chemicals carry the same risks alleged for BPA?
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What Does The Future Hold For Bird Flu Research?

Scientists gather in New York to consider the future of bird flu research after a moratorium on the work passes. Critics say the work and its findings could pose security risks, but scientists defend their experiments as preparation for outbreaks.
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Ask An Astrophysicist

The universe is being pushed apart at a faster and faster rate. And the culprit? Dark energy. Astrophysicist Adam Riess shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for that discovery, and now's your chance to ask him about it--or anything else you've been wondering about the cosmos.

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