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How A Virus In Snakes Could Offer Clues To Ebola In Humans

A newly discovered disease that makes boa constrictors sick could help researchers figure out how some dangerous viruses in animals end up infecting people.
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Feds Conclude Probe Of Polar Bear Scientists

Critics have charged that the two-year federal investigation into two researchers who wrote a famous report on drowned polar bears was a witch hunt. The probe is over, but the scientists have not been allowed to see its conclusions, their lawyer says.
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Summer Science: What's A Meteor Shower?

What causes the bright streaks in the night sky when we see shooting stars? Science correspondent Joe Palca ventured down to Venice Beach to demonstrate how meteor showers work.
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On The Road To Olympic Gold, Kenyan Marathoners Fuel Up On Carbs

Kenya's winning marathoners mainly fill up on high-carb vegetarian dishes like ugali, a cornmeal mush, and githeri, boiled corn and kidney beans. It's a bland diet, but it seems to help them excel at middle- and long-distance running.
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A New Species Discovered ... On Flickr

Could crowd-sourced photo sharing be the future of taxonomy? Cybertaxonomy?
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'Kitty Cam' Reveals The Secret Life Of Roaming Cats

Researchers at the University of Georgia, working with the National Geographic Society, are revealing the hidden lives of cats. Small video cameras on the necks of dozens of domestic cats show surprising hunting habits, and cats cheating on their owners. Melissa Block talks with wildlife ecologist Kerrie Anne Loyd.
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After 'Terror,' Mars Scientists Plan Exploration

The Curiosity rover nailed its dismount, following a complex routine of aerial acrobatics last weekend. Now, after the thrill of the picture-perfect landing, scientists are eager to start the real mission. John Grotzinger, project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, describes the immediate goals for the Curiosity rover, now in Gale Crater on Mars.

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