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Washington Nuclear Cleanup Project Under Scrutiny

The federal government's largest nuclear cleanup project is being called into question by some key players. Managers for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's waste treatment plant say the design is deeply flawed and could endanger workers or the public. The plant in south central Washington state is designed to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge.
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Virtual Penguins A Prescription For Pain?

When Sam Brown was terribly burned in an IED attack in Afghanistan, he found relief from the pain in an unlikely place: a cool, cartoony virtual reality game called SnowWorld. Research shows virtual reality can often help ease the pain of burn victims when drugs fail.
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Battling The Bottle: Students And Industry Face Off Over Water

Colleges are pulling bottled water off campuses as students argue the products hurt the environment and aren't well regulated. But the industry fired back this week with a YouTube video it hopes will sway students to keep buying bottles of water.
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The Zebra's Stripes, A Personal No-Fly Zone

Scientists in Hungary and Sweden say they've found an answer to the age-old question of how the zebra got its stripes. It turns out the pattern may have evolved to repel Africa's biting flies. The researchers discovered this by placing models of patterned zebras next to models of their plainer cousins, horses, and measuring how many flies ended up on each one. Host Scott Simon has more.
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A Real Estate Deal That Spans The Earth

For sale: 160 acres of rolling hills in California perfect for a vineyard, cattle ranch or communication with outer space. The Jamesburg Earth Station and its 10-story satellite dish once relayed broadcasts of historical events like the Apollo 11 moon landing. Now it's on the market.
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Deconstructing Dengue: How Old Is That Mosquito?

Dengue fever, a nasty disease caused by a virus, is just beginning to show up in the U.S. It's carried from person to person by mosquitoes, and one researcher studying the spread is looking for clues in the age of the insects. But it's not very easy to tell how old a mosquito is.
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As Gray Wolves Return, So Does Debate Over Hunting

Back from near-extinction, the gray wolf will soon be removed from the endangered species list. Now, Wyoming has struck a deal with the federal government to allow trophy hunting of the predator in certain parts of the state. But the move has drawn the ire of environmentalists.
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Valentine's Day Special: Look Of Love

When you gaze into your sweetheart's eyes, look for enlarged pupils. Studies show that our pupils dilate when we feel strong emotions. Psychologist Bruno Laeng, of the University of Oslo, explains how scientists are using "pupillometry" and what pupil diameter suggests about mental activity.

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