These pastel boxes originally owned by Mary Cassatt have recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Art. Click here for a closer look. National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Fine Art

Now That's An Artifact: See Mary Cassatt's Pastels At The National Gallery

Cassatt gave the three well-loved, wooden boxes of pastels to a friend's 10-year-old granddaughter, who later recalled: "I wasted lots of them on playing and swapping them with my friends."

India's Deep Space antenna in Bangalore. Twelve hours a day it retrieves even the weakest signal from the Mars Orbiter millions of miles away. The other 12 hours, NASA's global network of satellite dishes helps India track the spacecraft scheduled to arrive in the Martian orbit on Wednesday. Julie McCarthy for NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

India's Orbiter To Join NASA's Maven Around Mars – On A Shoestring

India's Mars Orbiter Mission is set to reach Mars on Wednesday, just days after a U.S. NASA probe began its orbit around the Red Planet. The difference? India did it on a much tighter budget.

Low water levels, like at this reservoir near Gustine, Calif., bring birds and mosquitoes together and help transmit West Nile virus to humans. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

In California, Less Water Means More West Nile Virus KQED

You'd think that mosquitoes wouldn't like drought, but that's not what's happening in California, where stagnant water has spawned more mosquitoes. Cases of West Nile virus have doubled since last year.

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Dr. Daniel Bausch (in blue T-shirt) has spent years studying Ebola. In April, he went to Guinea, where the current outbreak began. Courtesy of Daniel Bausch hide caption

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Goats and Soda

This Doctor Knows The Ebola Virus All Too Well

Can you catch it from sweat on a cab seat? Will blood transfusions help? Who really wants to go to Africa and pitch in? Is it too late? A leading virologist answers urgent questions about Ebola.

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