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Aurora Watchers 'May Be In Luck' As Solar Flare Reaches Earth

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center says the Earth-bound coronal mass ejection from Tuesday's X-class solar flare was "slightly overdue."
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A Rain Forest Begins With Rain, Right? Is This A Trick Question?

This is a "Which came first?" riddle. Not chicken vs. egg. This one is about rain forests. When rain forests begin, do they start with rain ("Yes!" say I) or trees ("No! That's ridiculous!" say I)? I should warn you: Sometimes nature has a sense of humor.
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There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World's First Map

Some archaeologists have long suspected that a faded painting from the ruins of the 9,000-year-old village known as Catalhoyuk might be a map — of a settlement at the foot of an erupting volcano. Others said no. Now geologists have evidence that the volcano indeed erupted around that time.
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Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance

Dental coverage is a required benefit for children under the Affordable Care Act. But it's not turning out to be quite that simple. For one thing, there are no federal subsidies to help pay for stand-alone dental policies.
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Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Thursday; Northern Lights May Expand South

Tired of reading about intensely cold temperatures? How about an intense solar flare that's being blamed for disrupting a NASA mission? The good news is that the flare is also expected to expand the viewing field of the aurora borealis.
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This GMO Apple Won't Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit's Image?

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn't go brown when you slice it. It's waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple's wholesome, all-natural image.
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Sealant Inspired By Beach Worm Could Become Surgical Superglue

Scientists have engineered a natural adhesive that can patch a hole in a pig's heart. The experimental glue is nontoxic, dissolves in the body and withstands high pressure inside a beating heart. But there's still a long way to go before the superglue could replace sutures in the operating room or on the battlefield.
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Whales, Dolphins Are Collateral Damage In Our Taste For Seafood

More than 80 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. now comes from abroad. And fishermen in other parts of the world continue to kill not just dolphins but seals and even whales. So conservation groups are calling for tougher import rules to protect sea animals at risk from fishing.
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NASA Reportedly Gets OK To Keep Space Station Going Until 2024

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the White House has given approval for the extension, which still must be funded by Congress. However, the decision could lead to a budget crunch down the road.
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Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

What are the odds that you will die this year? Whatever they are, the mortality tables suggest those odds will double eight years from now. Death, apparently, moves closer at a curiously regular pace. Why this eight-year progression? Is it something biological? Random? What is it about eight that attracts the Grim Reaper? Let's ask.

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