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NASA Unveils Next Generation 'Monster' Space Rocket

The $18 billion Space Launch System could take its first manned test flight in 2017. And NASA says it could be the spacecraft that takes man to Mars.
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Born To Prey: Watch T. Rex Come Alive

Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the Earth some 65 million years ago. In the century since the first skeleton was unearthed in Montana, our understanding of how the giant predator lived, moved and behaved has evolved. Watch videos that show the latest T. rex research in motion.
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Bone To Pick: First T. Rex Skeleton, Complete At Last

Discovered in 1902 by the "Indiana Jones" of fossil hunters, the first Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton fascinated the public. It was sold off during World War II, but a lone rib bone remained forgotten in the archives of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Now, a century after it was unearthed, T. rex is finally whole.
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Va. Oceanographer Studies Arctic Sea Ice

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An oceanographer from Virginia is studying a kind of bacteria that may be accelerating the rapid melting of sea ice in the Arctic.

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Agency Takes New Approach To Save Everglades Land

In Florida, federal officials have released plans for a new wildlife preserve just south of Orlando. The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge will include at least 150,000 acres, but there's a twist — most of it will remain under private ownership.

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Blast At French Nuclear Waste Plant Leaves One Dead

An explosion at a nuclear waste processing plant in France has left one person dead and four others injured — one seriously. The French nuclear authority says the blast was contained within a furnace, and there is no leak of radioactive material. The plant, which lies about 25 miles north of Avignon, is not involved in electricity production and has no nuclear reactors.
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How A Clever Virus Kills A Very Hungry Caterpillar

Scientists have found the gene that drives a virus to kill gypsy moth caterpillars in a particularly gruesome way. The virus forces the caterpillars up to the tops of trees, where they melt and rain down virus onto the leaves below.
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Thirsty Birds 'Burn The Engine' In Flight

Migrating birds fly hundreds of miles at a time with no break. A new study shows that they may be staying hydrated by burning up their own muscles and organs.
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How One Mistake Can Leave Millions Without Power

San Diego's power company has restored power to all of its customers. Thursday afternoon, more than 4 million people in the Southwestern U.S. and parts of Mexico lost electricity. Arizona Public Service Company says the outage occurred after an electrical worker mistakenly removed a piece of monitoring equipment at a substation in southwest Arizona.

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