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An Astronaut Asks: What Does This Cloud Look Like?

The image comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who gained fans last year when he tweeted photos and messages about his stint on the International Space Station.
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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

The Justice Department wants the settlement with mining company Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.
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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.
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Could A 'Barbie' Get Real? What A Healthy Fashion Doll Looks Like

Barbie dolls are marketed with sports gear, but could they actually run on those spindly gams? The design for a doll based on an average 19-year-old's physique looks like it really has legs.
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Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again

The vast majority of people, including soldiers, with PTSD, depression or other mental illness are not violent. Psychiatrists doubt the latest shooting at Fort Hood could have been predicted.
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One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse

Basic human impulses often conflict with saving for retirement. For one thing, people hate losing something — even more than we love winning. Behavioral economists call this "loss aversion."
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Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.
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Smithsonian's Air And Space Museum To Get $30 Million Spiffier

Curators say they'll use the big grant from Boeing to better highlight how exploratory flight — from the Spirit of St. Louis to the Starship Enterprise — has transformed the world.
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'Oh, Hello,' Says Andrew, As He Suddenly Grabs You By The Leg Or Neck

There it is: a wild animal, lurking. Here's Andrew, darting so fast, using his bare hands — and bingo! Suddenly, he's holding the animal. He doesn't use weapons — just his lightning-quick reflexes.
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NASA Suspends Some Ties With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

The two sides will continue to work together, however, in the operation of the International Space Station.

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