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NASA, SpaceX Aim To Launch Private Era In Orbit

If all goes well, an unmanned capsule will become the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station. SpaceX and NASA have been working together to make this launch happen, navigating cultural differences between the young startup and the veteran agency.
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Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

A new law grants doctors access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need the information to treat patients who may have been exposed to chemicals. But the law also says doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — about what's in the formulas.
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Ancient Deep-Sea Bacteria Are In No Hurry To Eat

Back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, some hardy bacteria took up residence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty six million years later, they're still there. And a new study says they're living out the most Spartan lifestyle known on this planet.
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Bigger, Blander, Blegh: Why Are Strawberries Worse?

Melissa Block talks with Marvin Pritts, a Cornell horticulture professor, about why store-bought strawberries aren't as tasty as the ones you might pick on your own.
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New Brain Sensor Lets Amputees Move Robotic Limbs

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Leigh Hochberg, neurologist and engineer at Brown University and the VA Medical Center in Providence, R.I. Hochberg is the lead author of a new study that looks at how paralyzed people are able to move robotic arms with their thoughts, due to a microchip that is implanted in their brains that sends neural signals to a computer.
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The Secret Life Of California's World-Class Strawberries

We may romanticize that strawberries are grown down the road, but most of them come from California. And a complex web of plant cloning practices, relocation and fumigation has cropped up to keep it that way. Although scientists are exploring new options, like soil-free growing.
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DNA And The Future Of Privacy

In 26 states, police can collect DNA samples before a suspect is convicted of a crime. Are new DNA applications challenging our ideas of privacy?

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