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As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon

So far, so good. ISEE-3, the versatile 1978 space probe that took a detour to greet a comet in the 1980s, is now on track to get close to the moon, scientists say, though course fixes can be tricky.
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In A Lab Store Room, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities.
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Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep

According to new research, plants can hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study reports that plants can recognize the sound of a predator using the vibrations of their leaves.
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Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad

There's a growing market in technology to address health problems in older people. But young techies don't always know what their clients really need and want. Enter the focus group of Dad.
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What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space

Italian engineers say they've finally come up with a way to brew espresso on the ISS so astronauts can ditch the instant coffee. We asked: What's so hard about making coffee in space? Answer: A lot.
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Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of "biofortified" crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.
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Can't Stand Meetings? Try Taking Away The Chairs

Those who stood at meetings said they felt their colleagues were more open to their ideas, less territorial, and overall, did better collaborative work, researchers found.
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Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.
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The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.
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Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

To create accountability and transparency, some raw milk producers are coming up with guidelines for testing and safety. But federal agencies say all raw milk is still risky to consume.

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