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Planning For 'Curiosity' On Mars

If all goes according to plan, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, nicknamed 'Curiosity,' will touch down on the red planet this weekend following what NASA has called 'seven minutes of terror' during the descent. NPR science correspondent Joe Palca and John Grunsfeld, head of NASA's Science Directorate, give a preview of the mission and talk about what scientists hope to learn from the latest ambassador to Mars.
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Changing Views About A Changing Climate

What is the role of humans in climate change? "Call me a converted skeptic," physicist Richard Muller wrote in an Op-Ed in the New York Times this week, describing his analysis of data from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. Though Muller was once a notable skeptic regarding studies connecting human activity to climate change, he has now concluded that "humans are almost entirely the cause" of global warming.
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For Mars Rover, Curiosity Is The Limit

Fingers are crossed that the Mars rover Curiosity will have a successful landing. Curiosity has been called one of the most complex Mars engineering projects ever. Host Michel Martin talks with Clara Ma, the teenager who named Curiosity, about her hopes for the mission.
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NASA Rover To Explore The Red Planet

A NASA rover called "Curiosity" is approaching Mars. After a more than eight-month journey, it's set to land on Mars late Sunday night. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report.
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Crazy Smart: When A Rocker Designs A Mars Lander

Adam Steltzner's father told him he wouldn't amount to much. He spent his youth barely passing school and "studying sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," he says. Then he found a purpose in the stars — and led the team that dreamed a daring new scheme to get NASA's latest rover on Mars.
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Discovery Of 7,000th Amphibian Celebrated In Song

The website AmphibiaWeb celebrated the discovery of the 7,000th species of amphibian this week. The website is run by the University of California, Berkeley. Audie Cornish has more.

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