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Saturn Shows Off A Massive Spinning Vortex: 'The Rose'

NASA is calling it "The Rose." By any other name, it's a mammoth storm on Saturn, spanning an estimated 1,250 miles with winds swirling at hundreds of miles per hour. The "false-color" image is among the first batch of high-resolution pictures of Saturn's north pole.
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Europe Bans Pesticides In Move To Protect Honey Bees

Three popular pesticides are being banned in the European Union, where officials are hoping the change helps restore populations of honey bees, vital to crop production, to healthy levels.
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Big Sibling's Big Influence: Some Behaviors Run In The Family

Psychologists have long known that children often model their behavior on the actions of parents or peers. But science has only recently begun to measure the influence of siblings. An older brother's or sister's behavior can be very contagious, it turns out — for good and for bad.
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Passes First Rocket Test

The space tourism company says the vehicle hit Mach 1.2 and reached 56,000 feet in its first rocket-powered test.
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First He Invented The Phone. Then, Bell Left A Voice Message.

We finally know what the inventor of the telephone sounded like. Last week, the Smithsonian unveiled recordings of Alexander Graham Bell's voice from 1885. It's the first known recording of him speaking.
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Navy Sonar Criticized For Harming Marine Mammals

The U.S. Navy is planning to expand training exercises off California and Hawaii, citing the need for military readiness. That's raising concerns about threatened whales and marine mammals, because sonar is known harm and, in some cases, kill them. The state of California is fighting the Navy's plan.
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Freaky Friday: Autonomous Tissue Grabbers Are On Their Way

Scientists have deployed hundreds of tiny, experimental robots to help with biopsies. They're as small as a speck of dust. They look like tiny ninja throwing stars. And researchers use magnets to retrieve them.
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Failure Of Latest HIV Vaccine Test: A 'Huge Disappointment'

An oversight committee halted a big clinical study of an experimental HIV vaccine after a peek at preliminary results showed there was no way the study would be able show the vaccine works. More vaccinated people became infected with HIV than those who got placebo shots.

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