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Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says

The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to recent government data. In a recent period, more than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Why Slather This Spinach Field In Poop? It's All For Science

Food safety researchers in California are trying to find out how long E. coli in raw manure spread on a field might survive on a spinach farm. They're tweeting about it, too.
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Using Modern Ballistics to Crack 'Cold Case JFK'

If the JFK assassination happened today, would we have the tools to crack the case? Ballistics experts Luke and Mike Haag apply 3D laser and Doppler technology to the crime scene for new insights into the "single bullet theory" and the "grassy knoll."
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Budget Cuts Leave Curiosity and Cassini in Limbo

Upcoming NASA budget cuts may force the agency to choose between two of its flagship planetary missions--the Mars Curiosity rover and the Cassini mission to Saturn. Wired reporter Adam Mann discuss how much it takes to run these missions and what discoveries we could miss out on.
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The Science Behind Hard Hits And Touchdowns

Fans love to watch the drama on the football field. But scientists are watching the action in a different way. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with material scientist Ainissa Ramierez and journalist Allen St. John about their new book "Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game."
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Insomnia Could Raise Risk Of Heart Disease And Death In Men

Missing out on good quality sleep has emerged as a real medical issue. Now Harvard researchers say men who had trouble falling asleep were more likely to die prematurely than men who said they could doze off easily. There's no proof sleeplessness caused an increase in mortality, but the association was strong.
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VIDEO: Spectacular Animation Of Biggest Bang Ever Seen

A gamma-ray burst observed by orbiting telescopes this year was "a once-in-a-century cosmic event," says a NASA astrophysicist. Now the space agency has produced an animated video to show what it looked like.
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'Ghost Particles' In Antarctica Offer Glimpse Of Deep Space

By putting light sensors inside a giant ice cube that's a mile beneath the South Pole, scientists detected 28 neutrinos from beyond the solar system. It's just a start – but researchers hope the work could eventually yield a way to see through debris clouds to the core of exploding stars.
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Reinventing The Condom With Easy-On Tabs And Beef Tendon

What would it take for people to like using condoms? Inventors say it's all about the fit and feel. The 11 winners in a competition sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation include one condom made from beef tendons, and another that's heat-activated for a glove-like fit.
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Walking The World: 7 Years And Counting

Paul Salopek is on a seven year trek, literally walking around the world - and he's posting photos, videos, and comments about his journey online. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Salopek, and education advisor Homa Tavangar, about the different things kids can learn by seeing the world through Paul's eyes.

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