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Why Was A Huge 'Rogue Earthquake' Not Destructive?

The massive magnitude 8.6 earthquake in April off the coast of Indonesia was felt from Bangladesh to Australia. But it caused little damage and no major tsunami. Seismologists studying the quake say it revealed some interesting features about how the Earth's tectonic plates move.
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Thomas Jefferson's Vegetable Garden: A Thing Of Beauty And Science

Thomas Jefferson's garden was a vast, beautiful science experiment involving over 300 varieties of 90 different plants. And no gardening detail was too small for Jefferson to note in the gardening journal he kept for nearly 60 years.
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Rare Calico Lobster Turns Heads, And Escapes Dinner Menu

A calico lobster that had been living in obscurity off the coast of Maine has now been catapulted into a sort of celebrity, thanks to its rare coloring: a calico mix of orange and yellow spots. Researchers say it could be a 1 in 30 million specimen.
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Mars Rover Opportunity Emerges From Winter Doldrums, Gets Back On Move

With the darkest days of the Martian winter now over, NASA took its Opportunity Mars Rover for a drive this week. The rover had been stationary while its solar panels lacked enough sunlight to power its batteries.
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Memphis 'Fly Boys' Soar Into Rocketry Finals

On Saturday May 12, 100 high school teams will compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. They'll have one chance to fly their rockets while keeping two raw eggs intact. Host Michel Martin talks with Darius Hooker and Wesley Carter of the Memphis rocketry team, about their stab at rocket science.
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Partisan Psychology: Why Do People Choose Political Loyalties Over Facts?

Two-thirds of Republicans say the president can do something about high gas prices; about two-thirds of Democrats say he can't. But six years ago, with a Republican president in the White House, those numbers were reversed. Researchers want to understand this flipped perception.
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Recipe For Safer Drinking Water? Add Sun, Salt And Lime

Adding dirt and salt can help make drinking water cleaner, and is far cheaper than fancy filtration systems for getting rid of harmful bacteria, scientists say. It just takes a little patience and the sun.
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Drilling Boom Strains State Regulatory Agencies

Cash-strapped states are embracing the millions of dollars in new tax revenue coming from shale oil and gas development. But there aren't enough inspectors to make sure the sites aren't polluting. The problem seems especially apparent in Colorado, which now has more than 47,000 active oil and gas wells but the state employs just 17 inspectors.

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