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Surgeons Discover Quirky Knee Ligament All Over Again

Doctors have long overlooked a tiny band that connects two bones in the knee. Now Belgium surgeons say that's a mistake. The obscure structure is a full-fledged ligament. When it malfunctions, people recovering from anterior cruciate ligament injuries may run into trouble.
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Why Doctors Are Testing An Epilepsy Drug For Alcoholism

Gabapentin, a generic drug, appears to reduce alcohol cravings and ease sleeplessness and anxiety associated with withdrawal. But the drug hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat alcohol dependence, and there's no sign it will be anytime soon.
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National Aquarium

We talk with John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium.

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Olympic Torch On Its Way To International Space Station

The Olympic torch was launched into space on Wednesday night. It will accompany astronauts on a spacewalk before returning to Earth on Nov. 10.
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Why Do People Agree To Work In Boring Jobs?

In the essay "The Myth of Sisyphus," philosopher Albert Camus — who would have turned 100 on Thursday — explored the nature of boring work. There's new psychological research into why people end up in boring jobs.
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To Understand A Russian Fireball, Physicists Turn To YouTube

Hundreds of videos captured the flight of a fiery meteor over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia last winter. Now scientists have used those videos to help calculate the force of the blast and to triangulate the meteor's path.
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Olympic Torch Relay Headed To Space

The Olympic torch was launched into space on Wednesday night. It will accompany astronauts on a spacewalk before returning to Earth on Nov. 10.
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4-D Printing Means Building Things That Build Themselves

You've heard of 3-D printing — now add one more dimension. Researchers are figuring out how to create structures that move and respond to their environment after they're printed.
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Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.
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Forget Barley And Hops: Craft Brewers Want A Taste Of Place

Craft brewers around the country are making beers with foraged seeds, roots, fruits and fungi from their backyards and backwoods. It's a challenge to the placelessness of mainstream brewers, who mostly use the same ingredients grown in the same places — barley from the Great Plains and hops from the Pacific Northwest.

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