Displayed in the hand of University of Oregon archaeologist Dennis Jenkins are three bases for western stemmed projectiles from the Paisley Caves in Oregon. The bases date to some 13,000 years ago. Jim Barlow/Science/AAAS hide caption

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In Ancient Ore. Dump, Clues To The First Americans?

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A water tank truck is seen on the main street in Waynesburg, Pa., on April 13. Scientists say naturally polluted water can rise to the surface of the Marcellus Shale; that finding suggests that frack water could seep out, too. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rising Shale Water Complicates Fracking Debate

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Man-Made Earthquakes Get Geologists' Attention

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The Panel of Hands in the Cave of El Castillo in Spain. New dating methods suggest the paintings could have been drawn by Neanderthals, not humans, as previously thought. Pedro Saura/AAAS/Science hide caption

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Famous Cave Paintings Might Not Be From Humans

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Pete Vavricka conducts an underground train from the entrance of Yucca Mountain in Nevada in 2006. President Obama canceled the planned nuclear waste repository there in 2009. Isaac Breekken/AP hide caption

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Ruling Could Help Break The Nuclear-Waste Logjam

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Among the creatures that survived the trans-Pacific trek aboard the Japanese dock was this sea star, which was found inside the float. Jessica Miller/flickr hide caption

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Is Japanese Dock A Noah's Ark Or A Trojan Horse?

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Transit Of Venus Reveals Secrets Of Universe

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Demand for natural gas has created a hydraulic fracturing or fracking boom; since 2008 over 5,000 new wells have been drilled nationwide. Workers at Chesapeake Energy, one of the biggest gas companies conducting fracking, are seen on the job site near Towanda, PA. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

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Conservator Angelyn Bass cleans and stabilizes the surface of a wall of a Mayan house that dates to the ninth century. The figure of a man who may have been the town scribe appears on the wall to her left. Tyrone Turner/Copyright 2012 National Geographic hide caption

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Mayan Artwork Uncovered In A Guatemalan Forest

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Researchers say our brains are probably wired from an evolutionary sense to encourage running and high aerobic activities. Above, a man runs past the Sydney Harbour Bridge on April 22. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images hide caption

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'Wired To Run': Runner's High May Have Been Evolutionary Advantage

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An illustration of the Chinese Jurassic "pseudo-flea," which lived in the Middle Jurassic in northeastern China. Wang Cheng/Current Biology hide caption

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The Dinosaurs' Nemeses: Giant, Jurassic Fleas

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Scientists Link Rise In Quakes To Wastewater Wells

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A water truck heads up Colorado Road 215 along Parachute Creek. Water is key to extracting natural gas from deep underground. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Quakes Caused By Waste From Gas Wells, Study Finds

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An artist's impression of a group of Yutyrannus. The 30-foot-long dinosaurs were covered with downy feathers — likely to keep the animals warm. Dr. Brian Choo/Nature hide caption

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A 'Warm And Fuzzy' Dino? (Yes, But Mind The Teeth)

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