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Tough Old Lizard To Face Grave Romantic Troubles, Say Scientists

Its nearest relatives — animals that lived before the great dinosaurs — are all extinct now. The tuatara is the only one of its order to make it through that giant asteroid, the ice ages, volcanoes, changes in sea levels, humans. And now, after 230 million years hunting insects in the forest, this little guy is in trouble.
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Teenage Brains Are Malleable And Vulnerable, Researchers Say

New research presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting suggests that teens are not necessarily wired to be impulsive. Researchers are also learning more about why it's important to treat problems like depression in teens early.
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A Day Later, The Space Jump Guy Is OK, But How About The Rest Of Us?

Watching Felix Baumgartner's "space jump" on Sunday was exciting, riveting and unnerving. And it does make you wonder: What if something had gone wrong?
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Doctors Strike Mutating Bacteria In Teen Acne Battle

As acne bacteria develop resistance to antibiotic treatments, doctors turn to zit-fighting viruses.
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Spray Lights Up The Chemical That Causes Poison Ivy Rash

Researchers have developed a clever new method to detect the chemical that causes the annoying itch. But urushiol isn't all bad. It's also behind the shine of beautiful Japanese lacquerware.
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A Human-Powered Helicopter: Straight Up Difficult

It's difficult to build a working four-rotor helicopter that spans 100 feet and only weighs 80 pounds. It's even harder when your engine is a 0.7-horsepower person. But two teams of young engineers hope to do just that.

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