Melting at the base of this Texas-sized ice pack in the Amundsen Sea off Antarctica could lead to significant ocean level rise in the long term. This image of the ice shelf was taken on the first flight of Ice Bridge from an altitude of 20,000 feet. NASA hide caption

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This retinal prosthesis has been implanted in the eyes of 32 patients. The device receives wireless data from the camera which it then translates into electronic signals that are sent to the brain, restoring sight. Courtesy Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. hide caption

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The study tested classically trained violinists and pianists, and found that their brains were much better adapted to discern subtle pitch and tonal differences in sound. hide caption

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This X-ray shows electrodes that have been implanted in the brain of a patient with epilepsy before surgery to remove tissue causing the patient's seizures. The electrodes were also used to study how the brain processes language. Ned T. Sahin/Science hide caption

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Biologists Elizabeth H. Blackburn (left) and Carol Greider pose next to a bust of Paul Ehrlich before being awarded the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize in Frankfurt, Germany. on March 19. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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A newly released strain of disease-resistant rice thrives in a Japanese field. Science/AAAS hide caption

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Hurricane Ivan was photographed as it churned in the Gulf of Mexico late on Sept. 14 by astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke aboard the International Space Station, 230 miles above Earth. File photo hide caption

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Environmental Engineering graduate student Daniel Tkacik (right) and engineer David Van Gilst analyze the composition of air samples sucked in from outside the plane. NASA hide caption

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