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The Science Behind Good Design

Why are some shapes more pleasing to us than others? And is beautiful design the same as good design? We explore what nature and science have to say.

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We Have Liftoff: Apollo Rocket Engines Reportedly Pulled From Ocean Floor

Some of the most powerful U.S. rocket engines ever built have been raised from the depths off Florida. The Apollo-era motors are to be restored and put on display. Meanwhile, NASA has pulled unused copies of the same engine out of storage and fired them up as part of its program to build new heavy lift rockets.
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Chinese Solar Panel Maker Suntech Goes Bankrupt

The company, a victim of a worldwide glut in solar panels, missed a $541 million bond payment and was forced into restructuring on Wednesday.
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On Australia's Great Barrier Reef, There's A Turf Battle Raging

Seaweed might not be as flashy as coral, but it plays an important role on the reef. They compete for space, and rising carbon dioxide levels could someday tip the balance of power.
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Mapping The Human Brain

President Barack Obama announced a multi-year research project to understand how the brain works. What the findings could mean for the treatment of neurologic disease.

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Fracking Rule Delays Rile New Yorkers

In New York, expected rules on hydro-fracking for natural gas are overdue, and leaders in Albany seem poised to slow the rule-making process further. The delays are not going over well with some people who hope to cash in on the gas boom.
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Good Luck With That 'Perfect' March Madness Bracket. You'll Need It

Millions of basketball fans will fill out NCAA tournament brackets this week and try to correctly predict the outcomes of every game. The chances of succeeding are about 1 in 150 quintillion. A group of computer scientists are trying to beat those odds by writing programs that learn to pick winners.
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Flush With Oil, Abu Dhabi Opens World's Largest Solar Plant

The new plant is expected to generate 100 megawatts of power and supply 20,000 homes with electricity.

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