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Baikonour, We Have A Problem. Russian Rocket Crashes And Burns

A massive Proton-M rocket carrying three Russian navigation satellites veered off course shortly after liftoff.
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Savory And Sweet: A Taste For Infertility

The same genes that allow humans to sense sweet and umami flavors may play a key role in a man's reproductive fitness. Researchers found that inactivating these genes in mice can led to sterility of males.
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D.C. Will Soon Be Home To Its Very Own Tyrannosaurus Rex

A rare nearly-complete Tyrannosaurus Rex specimen will soon call the National Museum of Natural History home, eventually taking center stage in the museum's new Dinosaur Hall.

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Radiocarbon Clues Help Track Down Poached Elephant Ivory

Nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and '60s pumped a lot of radiocarbon into the atmosphere. It went everywhere, including into plants that elephants eat. By measuring the levels of this carbon in elephant tusks, scientists can tell when an elephant died — and whether the ivory is being traded illegally.
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To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth

Traditional hearing aids can be too expensive for many people. But a new type that uses Bluetooth technology costs only about $300. The company that makes the new devices aims to reach millions of people around the world who need hearing aids but have trouble paying for them.
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Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime

Many violent crimes are hastily planned and poorly considered, researchers at the University of Chicago's Crime Lab find. Training troubled teens to slow down and put a more benign spin on what they imagine the other guy is thinking significantly reduced the kids' likelihood of committing a crime.
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Your Choice In Utensils Can Change How Food Tastes

Cutlery, dishes and other inedible accoutrements to a meal can alter our perceptions of taste, according to researchers. And it might be more about our brains than our tongues.
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Shuttle Atlantis Lands For Good At Kennedy Space Center

After traveling 125 million miles in orbit, the shuttle is now on display about 10 miles from where it launched and landed on its final mission just under two years ago.
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Obama: U.S. Should Lead Assault on Climate Change

This week President Obama announced his plan to tackle climate change, including proposals to regulate gas and coal emissions, and brace the nation for rising seas. David Roberts, who covers energy and climate change for Grist.org, talks about what to expect from the plan — and how much the president can accomplish without the help of Congress.
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Mark Tercek: "Nature's Fortune"

Kojo chats with Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, about the areas where he believes the interests of the environmental movement overlap with those of "Corporate America."

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