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Meet Your Ancient Relatives: The Denisovans

Reporting in Science, researchers write of sequencing the genome of a young Denisovan girl--an archaic human distantly related to Neanderthals and modern humans. Geneticist David Reich discusses the tale the genome tells about the Denisovan people and their interactions with modern humans.
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The World Remembers Neil Armstrong

After serving in the Korean War and flying over 200 models of aircraft as a test pilot, Neil Armstrong used his experience to gently guide the lunar lander onto the untouched surface of the moon before making those first historic steps. He died last week, at age 82.
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Gazing Up At A Double Sun

Astronomers using NASA's Kepler planet-hunting telescope have found multiple planets orbiting a double star system, 4,900 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Jerome Orosz, lead author on a paper describing the find, explains how the astronomers made the discovery and the importance of the find for the search for habitable planets.
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Meet The Brains Behind "Bones"

Forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs writes what she knows: bones and crime. Reichs discusses her new novel Bones are Forever," and her work for the TV series "Bones" both of which star her fictional alter-ego, the scientist crime-solver Temperance Brennan.
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Pinky DNA Points To Clues About Ancient Humans

Scientists have created a high-quality genome sequence of a girl who lived tens of thousands of years ago. The DNA came from a fragment of the girl's pinky bone that was found in a cave in Siberia. The new analysis gives researchers valuable new data for studying ancient human populations.
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What The Apollo Astronauts Did For Life Insurance

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he had to solve a more prosaic problem.
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Mysterious New 'Heartland Virus' Discovered In Missouri

So far, two Missouri farmers are the only known cases of the tick-borne virus in the world. But experts are sure they'll find more. The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence.
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Isaac's Size, Speed Help It Pack A Heavyweight Punch

The storm may not have had the intensity of other Gulf hurricanes of recent years, but its slow movement and wide coverage area create their own problems.

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