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Massive Ice Melt In Greenland Worries Scientists

A pair of NASA satellite images taken just four days apart tells a potentially worrying story of melting ice in the polar summer.
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Epidemics Prefer Changing Planes In JFK Over ATL

Researchers at MIT have developed a pretty nifty computer model to figure out the most influential U.S. airports in the early stages of an epidemic's spread. John F. Kennedy International is No. 1, followed by Los Angeles International. You might be surprised to learn that Honolulu's airport ranks third.
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Summer Science: Clothes Keep You Cool, More Or Less

Stripping naked is a good way to cool off on a steamy day. But that won't pass muster on the street. Scientists say light-colored, lightweight clothing is the next best thing.
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Tie My Shoes, Please: How Persuasion Works

Scientists have long studied why some requests seem to be met with a yes while others get a no. Now, there's a new development: A study finds that asking for unusual favors can be very effective in getting people to comply.
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NASA Already Planning Meals For 2030 Mars Mission

Audie Cornish talks to Maya Cooper, research scientist at Lockheed Martin, about leading the new food menu for NASA's planned mission to Mars sometime in the 2030s.
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The U.S. Mission To Mars

In early August, the Mars rover named Curiosity is slated to enter the Martian atmosphere. It will travel 13,200 miles per hour and then stop within seven minutes for a landing on the planet's surface. Diane and her guests talk about their hopes and fears for the mission to Mars.

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Which Is Bigger: A Human Brain Or The Universe?

You can fly with me across vast distances, go to impossibly faraway places because you have the tool that lets you — that hunk of flesh in your head. But can the universe outwit us?

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