Inside Veolia Energy's Plant Three in Baltimore, blue pipes carry chilled water that will be sent out to cool nearby buildings. The green pipes carry condensed water that removes heat from the chilling system, and orange pipes carry a refrigerant. The yellow pipes are for a future cooling system. Mike Ruocco/NPR hide caption

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Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen testifies Monday before the commission investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Though Allen was the government's leader of the spill response, he acknowledged it was not always clear to the public who was in charge. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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A male Florida panther walks down Jane's Scenic Drive in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Before scientists bred the Florida panthers with cats from Texas, they lacked vitality and were near extinction. Science/AAAS hide caption

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Archaeologists have unearthed a wealth of new information about dinosaurs in the past decade thanks in large part to new technology.  But the T. Rex's telegenic charisma and popular appeal are something that even scientists aren't immune from. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., took in many animals that were displaced or oiled by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Above, a Kemp's ridley turtle recovers in a tank at Mote. Christopher Joyce/NPR hide caption

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A loggerhead turtle was found oiled in the Gulf waters. It was cleaned on-site, then sent to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., for rehabilitation and monitoring. Christopher Joyce/NPR hide caption

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Almost 2 million gallons of oil dispersants were used to dilute the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and though testing indicates the toxic chemical has largely dissipated in the water, scientists warn that the long-term effects are still unknown. Above, a dispersant plane passes over an oil skimmer in the Gulf of Mexico. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Marine Lance Corporal Jimmy Finley from Louisiana grills steaks at a Forward Operating Base  in Deleran, Afghanistan. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Europe hide caption

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Om Nom Nom: As we began to shy away from eating primarily fruit, leaves and nuts and began eating meat, our brains grew. We developed the capacity to use tools, so our need for large, sharp teeth and big grinders waned. From left, a cast of teeth from a chimpanzee, Australopithecus afarensis and a modern human. William Kimbel/Institute of Human Origins hide caption

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The human shoulder (above) allows the arm to hang freely and enables us to flex the arm at the elbow and perform tasks in front of us with ease. Because of its location and structure, the human arm is great for throwing. The ape shoulder (below), by contrast, allows for a different range of motion and is more suited to hanging from trees. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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A flint-knapper makes sharp stone flakes by striking a flint "core" with a hammerstone. Human Origins Initiative hide caption

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Feet On The Ground: Barefoot runners tend to land on the balls of their feet rather than on their heels the way most shoe-runners do. Rick Roeber went shoeless in 2003 and has clocked more than 13,000 barefoot miles since. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Anthropologist Brian Richmond is trying to determine what the footprints of modern humans can tell us about how we evolved. NPR hide caption

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