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Wanna Be A Rock Star? NASA Needs Help Tracking Asteroids

The White House and NASA want the public's help in hunting for asteroids that could potentially smash into Earth. They're also looking for a perfect space rock to capture so that astronauts could go there and study it.
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How To Make Museums More Inviting For Kids With Autism

A day at a museum promises fun for parents and kids alike. But for children who are on the autism spectrum, a seemingly simple museum exhibit may be too overwhelming to enjoy. Now, museums are coming up with ways to accommodate these visitors.
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How Men's Choice Of Mates May Have Led To Menopause

Conventional wisdom holds that men prefer younger women as mates because they're more fertile than older women. But a mathematical analysis suggests that this preference may be the cause of menopause rather than a consequence of it.
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Remembering Astronaut Sally Ride's Historic Journey

Thirty years ago Tuesday, Sally Ride became the first woman to fly in space. She was aboard the shuttle Challenger. Less than three years later, it would explode on takeoff, killing seven crew members.
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3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers

An enterprising carpenter and a creative puppeteer teamed up on a do-it-yourself project to build a mechanical hand for a little boy. They created an inexpensive prosthetic and published their designs on the Internet. So far, over 100 children have been outfitted.
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The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices. Researchers say that may be because speech doesn't activate a reward system in the brain for those children the way it does for typical children.
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Why Men Die Younger Than Women: The 'Guys Are Fragile' Thesis

Death, it appears, prefers gentlemen to ladies. Women don't just outlive men, they consistently outlive men at every stage of life. More boys die in utero, in infancy, in adolescence, in middle age, at every stage. That's why nature makes more of them. But why? What's so fragile about guys?
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Will The Court's Gene Ruling Stifle Bio Innovation?

Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with bioethicist Arthur Caplan of New York University about Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that isolated human genes may not be patented — and the implications for that ruling.
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Rule Would List All Chimps As Endangered, Even Lab Animals

Though the regulation proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service would make it more difficult to use chimpanzees for research purposes, that may not be a problem, some scientists say. Scientific advances show the animals are less medically useful than previously thought.
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Archaeologists Discover Lost City In Cambodian Jungle

The Australian researchers found a jungle-covered metropolis that predates the country's famous Angkor Wat complex by some 350 years.

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