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Biomedical Research Using Chimps Curtailed

Following an expert panel's recommendations, The National Institutes of Health announced it will not issue new awards for experiments using chimps until a new set of strict criteria is in place. The panel also recommended setting up an independent oversight committee that includes members of the public.
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Voyager 1 Speeds Toward The Brink Of Interstellar Space

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is 11 billion miles from the sun. And every minute, it gets 636 miles closer to its destination: the frontier of interstellar space. The craft is currently between what NASA calls "the solar wind from the Sun and the interstellar wind from death-explosions of other stars."
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Voyager Probes Aim For Interstellar Space, Four Decades Of Travel

The two Voyager spacecraft are still running, 35 years after their launch. And as you might expect, our two ambassadors to the galaxy are sporting the finest technology of 1977, the year they were launched.
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Putting Farmland On A Fertilizer Diet

With the release of a new standard, the federal government wants farmers to stop the spread of nutrients outside farm fields into waterways. Essentially, it involves putting farmland on a sensible diet.
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No 'God Particle' Yet, But Scientists Say Stay Tuned

New data from the world's largest particle physics lab offer "intriguing hints" about the Higgs boson. The Higgs is a key part of some beautiful math that would explain why things have mass — if scientists can find concrete evidence that the particle really exists. Alas, "we have not found it yet," physicists said today.
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Billionaire Dreamer, Aviation Pioneer Aim For Earth Orbit

Stratolaunch Systems is a new venture from Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan that plans to launch rockets into space from a specially built jet aircraft with a wingspan greater than the length of a football field.
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EPA To Unveil Stricter Rules For Power Plants

The rules, which come two decades after Congress ordered the agency to regulate toxic air pollution, would give power plants nationwide just three more years to slash mercury and other harmful emissions. But some big power plants are angling for more time.

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