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NASA Challenges Sale Of Apollo 13 Artifact

A checklist used during the failed 1970 Apollo 13 moon mission is creating a problem for NASA. Commander James Lovell's checklist, which was instrumental in getting the crew back to Earth successfully after a technical failure in space, was recently sold at auction for almost $400,000. Now, NASA says that Lovell didn't have the right to sell the checklist. Audie Cornish speaks with Robert Pearlman, editor of the website CollectSpace.com, about the dustup.
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Interior Announces Grand Canyon Mining Moratorium

The U.S. Department of the Interior is placing a 20-year moratorium on new mining claims in and around the Grand Canyon. Environmentalists say the ban is crucial to protecting the region. However, the mining industry and some Republicans say the moratorium will be harmful to Arizona's economy and the nation's energy independence.
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FAA Rules May Interrupt Endangered Crane Migration

Operation Migration uses ultralight planes to guide whooping cranes in migration from Wisconsin to their winter home in Florida. But a Federal Aviation Administration investigation has grounded a flock of whooping cranes and an ultralight guiding plane.
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Dog Trained As Ultimate Whale Pooper Snooper

Scientists aren't sure what's wrong with the orcas in Puget Sound, but they're hot on the trail. A team of researchers is relying on a secret weapon with a killer nose to sniff out the mystery.
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Collapsing Honey Bee Colonies: Blame The Parasites?

The honey bee population of North America is declining and new research may help answer why. It shows the bees can become hosts of a fly parasite, which causes them to become disoriented and leave their nests. Scott Simon talks with San Francisco State University's Andrew Core, who authored the study.
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Why Overpriced Japanese Sushi Is Bad For Bluefin Stocks

A Japanese sushi magnate paid $736,000 this week for one 593-pound bluefin tuna, the highest amount ever paid for a single fish. But environmentalists say this extravagant sale may encourage fishermen to continue to exceed set quotas for catching bluefin.
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Mystery Solved: Why The Cat Craves Mushrooms (And People Do, Too)

Why would a cat crave mushrooms? A scientist says it's the umami. Though cats can't taste sweetness like people can, they are aces at sniffing out the amino acids that signal protein-rich foods.
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Near Icy Waters, Marine Life Gets By Swimmingly

Hairy-chested yeti crabs, seven-armed sea stars, white octopuses — all these creatures were seen for the first time by researchers in the Antarctic. Robert Siegel talks to biologist Alex Rodgers of the University of Oxford, who led the expedition.

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