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The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain

Our brains are filled with billions of neurons. Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung explains how mapping out the connections between those neurons might be the key to understanding the basis of things like personality, memory, perception, ideas and mental illness.
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Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island stick insects.
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Do NASCAR Races Contribute To Motorists' Wrecks?

New research indicates that five days after major NASCAR races, there is a measurable increase in traffic accidents caused by aggressive driving.
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One Year Later, 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'

A small group of engineers, soldiers and firemen risked their own lives to help prevent a complete meltdown after the quake and tsunami hit. Investigative reporter Dan Edge chronicles the aftermath of the disaster in a new Frontline documentary.
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Judge Dismisses Organic Farmers' Case Against Monsanto

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and several other plaintiff growers do not use Monsanto seeds, but had hoped that the federal judge would agree that Monsanto should not be allowed to sue them if pollen from the company's patented crops happened to drift into their fields.
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Study Suggests Way To Create New Eggs In Women

A series of experiments published in the journal Nature Medicine suggest young adult women have primitive stem cells that could generate new eggs. The findings are generating both excitement and questions.
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'Space Chronicles': Why Exploring Space Still Matters

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says space exploration is a key to transforming our economy and will play a crucial role in American success in the years to come. It "transforms the culture into one that values science and technology, and that's the culture that innovates," he says.
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New Methods Could Speed Up Repair Of Injured Nerves

Scientists say they've developed a technique that reconnects the severed ends of a nerve, allowing it to begin carrying messages again very quickly — at least in rats. Usually, severed nerves must regrow from the point of injury — a process that can take months, if it ever happens.
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Reaching For The Limits of Tiny Transistors

Computer chip makers have long struggled to build ever-smaller transistors to allow faster, more powerful computers. Writing in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, a team of scientists describes what may be the ultimate limit of that struggle — a transistor made of a single atom. Michelle Simmons, a physicist at the University of New South Wales in Australia and leader of the project, discusses the work.

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