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Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to kick-start a big initiative to double the share of renewable energy worldwide, make sure everyone on the planet has power, and cut in half the amount of wasted energy. But critics say the agenda in Rio is so bloated that it's unclear what can be accomplished.
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NASA Rocket To Launch From Eastern Shore

The shuttle has come and gone, but NASA is moving on. This week, they'll be launching a 35-foot rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.

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Desert Plant's Potent Chemical Cocktail Makes Mice Go 'Ptooey'

In the latest example of plants harnessing animals to help them procreate: Spiny mice eat the sweet mignonette's fruit but a chemical cocktail the plant mixes up makes them spit out the seeds intact.
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Can Men And Women Be Friends?

The hosts of WNYC's RelationShow turn to science to try to figure out whether it's really possible for men and women to be just friends.
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A Flicker Of Inspiration Brings Cave Drawings To Life

The Chauvet prehistoric cave paintings in France have always glimmered with a mystery. An article in the June issue of Antiquity suggests that the paintings, dating back 30,000 years, may amount to the first animated cartoons.
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African Land Fertile Ground For Crops And Investors

Some accuse companies buying up land in Africa of dispossessing native farmers and using up scarce resources. But the Rei do Agro farm tries to be a good neighbor in Mozambique while banking on soybean profits.
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Mapping The Microbial Make-Up Of Healthy Humans

Reporting in Nature, Nature Methods, and several PLoS publications, researchers with the Human Microbiome Project write that they have cataloged the genetic identity of many microbes that populate the human body. Computational biologist Curtis Huttenhower discusses the multidisciplinary effort.

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