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Big Flightless Birds Come From High-Flying Ancestors

We're sure glad ostriches and emus don't fly. But DNA evidence now suggests their small ancestors flew to each continent, where they evolved independently into giants with stubby wings.
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Jupiter's Dot And Mine. Why Life Is Unfair

Jupiter has a large red dot on its surface. I, too, have a dot on my surface. It's on my cheek. Jupiter just got lucky with its dot. Me? Not.
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Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit

Most attempts at a malaria vaccine have unsuccessfully tried to keep the parasite from breaking into red blood cells. But a new twist that keeps the parasite from escaping the cells may work better.
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Scientists Discover Carbon Cycle Is Out Of Whack

Scientists who track carbon say the way it cycles from the atmosphere back to earth and into plants and animals has apparently changed. It could be the whole planetary carbon treadmill is speeding up.
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Rift Divides U.S. And Russia About Space Station

Political tension is disrupting collaboration between the U.S. and Russia on the International Space Station. John Logsdon, founder of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, explains the consequences.
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The Universe Cares About How Fast You — Yes, You — Travel

NPR's resident physicist and commentator, Adam Frank, reflects on how your velocity — how quickly you move — affects how you experience life.
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Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum

Kojo explores local and national efforts to boost computer science competency, and learns how educators are revamping computational learning to give it relevance far beyond the classroom.

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So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Thank heavens it's not pretty, not thirsty, not useful, not a bother, not nearby. It looks like a mess of rope. But, oh my, is this plant old. Really, really old.
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Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.
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Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.

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