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Study: Cats May Have First Cuddled Up With People 5,300 Years Ago

Dogs may be man's best friend, but new research shows that cats may have been humanity's companions for thousands of years. For more on the feline's long history with people, Audie Cornish talks with Dr. Fiona Marshall, an archaeologist at Washington University in St. Louis, and co-author of a study that looks at how cats may have been domesticated almost 5,300 years ago in China.
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The Man Who Duped Millionaires Into Paying Big Bucks For Fake Wine

Rudy Kurniawan, once considered one of the world's most formidable wine collectors, was convicted Wednesday of making cheap wine blends in his house and then passing them off as some of the rarest wines in the world, for thousands of dollars each, at auction.
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New Research Affirms That Milky Way Has Four Spiral Arms

A study in the U.K. reaffirms a view of our galaxy held in the 1950s that was later challenged by images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
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NASA Orders Spacewalks To Fix Faulty Pump On Orbiting Station

The spacewalks are to repair a bad valve in a pump that has caused problems with the station's cooling system.
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Understanding Your Taste Buds (Rebroadcast)

Do you like salty or sweet? The answer is in your genes. We explore the science -- physical and culinary -- behind our sense of taste and why each of us prefers different flavors.

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Launch From Wallops Island May Be Delayed For ISS Repairs

Those hoping to see a rocket launch from Wallops Island this week may be disappointed, as problems aboard the International Space Station may push back the launch date.

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Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It's Not So Simple

When it comes to making livestock agriculture more sustainable, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. That's the conclusion of a study of livestock around the world.
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Moon Landing Is A Major Step Forward For China

China landed its first probe on the surface of the moon over the weekend. It's the first soft-landing on the moon's surface in nearly 40 years, and a big accomplishment for China's space program.
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Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power

One former anti-nuke activist says the world can't afford to dismiss nuclear power, if we're to rein in global warming. Nuclear plants provide a more reliable energy supply than wind or solar, he says, and without the high carbon emissions that fossil fuels produce.
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To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun

In a new poll, many parents said they're worried that schools aren't adequately preparing students for a changing workforce. And too much emphasis on memorizing facts in the classroom, both parents and kids say, is keeping young people from getting excited about science and technology careers.

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