Scientists recently mapped the louse genome. It has only 108 million letters of DNA, which is fewer than in other insects they've mapped. Courtesy Aurelie Veracx hide caption

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Mapping Louse DNA Could Help Fight The Parasite

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Called red currant tomatoes, these Solanum pimpinellifolium are actually a tomato cousin, in the nightshade family. The fruits are intensely tomato-flavored and very sweet. Harry Klee hide caption

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Taking Tomatoes Back To Their Tasty Roots

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Scientists Create First Synthetic Cell

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Scientists report they have made a living cell from DNA that was originally synthesized in a lab. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Scientists Reach Milestone On Way To Artificial Life

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Someone who looks like this could be in your family tree. Chip Clark/Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Hey Good Lookin': Early Humans Dug Neanderthals

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Red and green aphids get their different colors by producing carotenoids, or color compounds. Courtesy of Charles Hedgcock, R.B.P. hide caption

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The Colorful Secret Of The Pea Aphid

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Iceland Volcano Emits More Lava, Less Ash

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Scientists: Volcano Could Erupt Again

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Researchers Evgenia Ilyinskaya and Asgerdur Sigurdardottir sweep up volcanic ash from a small bridge just south of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The ash will be taken back to the University of Iceland for analysis. Joe Palca/NPR hide caption

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Inside The Plume, A Volcano Tells Its Secrets

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Scientists Keep Close Eye On Volcano In Iceland

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Even the spin of a seemingly random roulette wheel can be predicted if you have the right information, says Antonio Acin of the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Safer Than A Gamble: Finding Truly Random Numbers

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