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The Scientist Who Makes Stars On Earth

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Current water-filtering technology is costly, but MIT scientists are testing a simpler and cheaper method that uses wood from white pine trees. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick

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About 50,000 years ago, a meteorite struck earth east of present-day Flagstaff, leaving this crater as its calling card. Shane.torgerson/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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NASA's On Alert For Big Scary Asteroids. What About Smaller Ones?

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Scientists Come Close To Finding True Magnetic Monopole

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Peter Stone Can't Get Enough Of Robots Playing Soccer

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After Hibernation, Rosetta Seeks Its Stone

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Neonatal nurse Florence Mwenifumbo monitors a newborn receiving bubble CPAP treatment in Blantyre, Malawi. The device was developed by students at Rice University in Houston. Rice 360/Rice University hide caption

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Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity

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Researchers Create New 'Memory' Metals That Could Improve Safety

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To Make Intersections Smarter, We Need Cars To Be Smarter, Too

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Space Station Gets Fixed In Christmas Eve Space Walk

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Phantom Traffic Jams: What Causes Mysterious Highway Backups?

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Dee Faught tests a robotic arm installed on his wheelchair in September. Commercially produced robotic arms can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but three Rice engineering students built one for Dee for about $800. Eric Kayne for NPR hide caption

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'The Coolest Thing Ever': How A Robotic Arm Changed 4 Lives

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