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Field Trip To A Fungi Foray

What happens at the Northeast Mycological Federation Foray? "Mushrooms only," according to attendee Gary Lincoff, an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and author of The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Science Friday stopped by the conference for mushroom talk, mushroom crafts, mushroom eats and a mushroom hunt.
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Mars Rover May Be Contaminated with Earth Microbes

Part of Curiosity's drill may have been exposed to microbes on Earth before the rover launched to Mars. Catharine Conley, NASA's planetary protection officer, explains how the slip-up violated agency procedures, but why it likely won't impact Curiosity's science objectives.
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Amateur Astronomers Spot A Jupiter Explosion

Earlier this week, two amateur astronomers observing Jupiter reported a flash of light in the planet's atmosphere. Astronomer Tony Phillips, of spaceweather.com, describes what astronomers know about the explosion, and whether an asteroid or a comet might be to blame.
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Wind Power Plentiful, Study Says

Wind energy could theoretically meet all the planet's energy needs, says a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mark Jacobson, one of the report's authors, and Liz Salerno of the American Wind Energy Association discuss wind power in the US.
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Love To Hate Cilantro? It's In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head

From stinky, crushed bugs to fresh citrus aromas, cilantro's flavor profile is a contentious issue. But is our opinion of the herb hard-wired in our genes, or can we learn to enjoy it? Scientists say maybe it's both.
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How African Cattle Herders Wiped Out An Ancient Plague

Enlisting nomadic African herders finally helped the world eliminate the cattle plague rinderpest. But the veterinarians, who had the power to shut the program down, had to be rewarded for success, too.
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Seeing Stars: Arlington Unveils Revamped Planetarium

The Friends of the Planetarium in Arlington will finally see the fruits of their labor — all $400,000 worth — when the newly renovated school system planetarium reopens to the public next week.

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A Little Patience, A Lot Of Salt Are Keys To A Lost Pickle Recipe

Expert pickler Marisa McClellan recreates a listener's lost pickle recipe, and explains why her grandma's pickles are saltier than many modern-day versions. They're fermented, like a true kosher dill pickle.

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