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NASA Scientists 'Very Careful' With New Mars Data

NASA believes its Curiosity rover might have found carbon and chlorine molecules on the red planet. But before anyone says "life on Mars," NASA needs more testing to confirm the rover's results.
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Caught: Lobster Cannibals Captured On Film Along Maine Coast

Gotcha! An underwater camera caught large Maine lobsters gobbling up their younger brethren along the coastline. Biologists think this turn to cannibalism may be due to a recent spike in the Maine's lobster population, combined with a decrease in the numbers of their natural predators.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Helps His New 'Bud' Superman Get A Glimpse Of Home

The Hayden Planetarium director and pop-culture go-to science guy offered expert advice on how Superman could watch the destruction of Krypton.
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Signs Of Life On Mars? Not Exactly

There's a possibility the Mars rover has found signs of carbon-containing molecules on the red planet. That discovery is exciting because of what it might say about the Martian environment where the rover is sitting at the bottom of Gale crater.
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The Sight Of Road Kill Makes A Pretty, Data-Rich Picture

Scientists and citizens are filling up a database on dead critters with their smartphones. The EpiCollect app pulls data such as location, speed limit and the carcass's condition. Wildlife ecologist Danielle Garneau says the project tracks animal movement and may help protect species in the future.
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Grand Canyon's Age Still Not Set In Stone

If you were to visit Grand Canyon National Park, you might encounter an exhibit called the "Trail of Time" and learn that researchers believe the canyon is six million years old. But not all scientists think that age is correct. Some think the canyon is 20 million years old, and a new report suggests that the canyon existed alongside dinosaurs some 70 million years ago. Melissa Block talks with Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach, who has covered the colorful and sometimes contentious debate among researchers.
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What Obamacare Means For Patients--And Their Docs

House Speaker John Boehner said it himself: "Obamacare is the law of the land." But what does that mean for patients--and their doctors and nurses? Ira Flatow and guests map out the road ahead for the Affordable Care Act, and when insurance exchanges, employer rewards for exercise and other features of the law take effect.

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