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Luxembourg Hopes To Rocket To Front Of Asteroid-Mining Space Race

The tiny European country will be investing in research and building a regulatory framework to help make a futuristic industry — the extraction of minerals from objects in space — a reality.
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Boosting Life Span By Clearing Out Cellular Clutter

So-called senescent cells no longer divide, but they secrete a mixture of chemicals that can trigger inflammation, which is involved in many age-related disorders. What if the cells were removed?
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Environmental Outlook: The Growth Of Large-Scale Indoor Urban Farming

From Newark to Tokyo, large-scale indoor farms are being built in and around cities worldwide. Proponents argue they provide fresher crops to local consumers, while cutting transportation costs, carbon emissions and water use. But skeptics say they are not cost effective and consume too much energy. The pros and cons of indoor urban agriculture.

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What We Know So Far About Sexual Transmission Of Zika Virus

The CDC reported the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the U.S. related to the current outbreak. It's happened before. Here's what we know about how the virus could move between people.
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U.S. Quake Warning System Could Save Lives When Seconds Count

Before it does damage, an earthquake sends out a "P wave" that scientists use to find location and size. The U.S. quake warning system under development on the West Coast is built around the P wave.
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Landmark Deal Protects Over 9 Million Acres Of Canadian Rain Forest

The agreement reached between aboriginal groups known as First Nations, environmental groups and logging companies designates 85 percent of the forest land as permanently protected from logging.
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David Linden: Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

Our body's touch circuits involve complex connections between the brain, nerves and skin. A leading neuroscientist explains how the sensation of touch works — and its powerful link to pain and emotion.

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The Science Of Getting Kids Organized

Can teaching kids impulse control, self-evaluation and focus actually help them do better in school? Parents are paying top dollar for executive function coaches.
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Phosphorus Starts With Pee In This Tale Of Scientific Serendipity

German alchemist Hennig Brand started with about 1,500 gallons of urine in his 17th century hunt for gold. Discovering phosphorus was just a nice surprise. Know a modern tale of scientific luck?
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Flint Begins The Long Process Of Fixing Its Water Problem

Experts are scrambling to define the scope of the water contamination disaster in the city of nearly 100,000 and determine how to replace corroded pipes, while making sure to keep the public informed.

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