Botulism bacteria, or Clostridium botulinum, grow in poorly preserved canned foods, especially meat and fish. The microbe's toxin could be lethal as a bioweapon. Dr. Phil Luton/Science Photo Library/Corbis hide caption

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Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

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An artist's rendering of Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit in the habitable zone of a distant star. T. Pyle/NASA/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

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The world must cut its greenhouse gas emissions to meet its goals, climate experts said Sunday. Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (left to right) Youba Sakona, Ramon Pichs Madruga, Ottmar Edenhofer and Rajendra Pachauri hold copies of their new report in Berlin. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

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Street vendors sell chickens at a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in early 2013. Last year Cambodia reported more cases of H5N1 bird flu than any other country. Mak Remissa/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Where's the moon rock? Curators say national treasures are often overlooked in the museum's current display, which hasn't changed much since 1976. National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Smithsonian's Air And Space Museum To Get $30 Million Spiffier

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Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel

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This diagram for the outer solar system shows the orbits of Sedna (in orange) and 2012 VP113 (in red). The sun and terrestrial planets are at the center, surrounded by the orbits (in purple) of the four giant planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The Kuiper belt, which includes Pluto, is shown by the dotted light blue region. Scott S. Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science hide caption

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New Dwarf Planet Found At The Solar System's Outer Limits

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This Freeloading Bird Brings Help — And The Help Smells Gross

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Early days: NASA's International Sun-Earth Explorer C (also known as ISEE-3 and ICE) was undergoing testing and evaluation inside the Goddard Space Flight Center's dynamic test chamber when this photo was snapped in 1976. NASA hide caption

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Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend

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The Hadean zircons --€ the” oldest bits of Earth yet found --€” were discovered near here, on a sheep ranch in Jack Hills, Western Australia. Courtesy of University of Wisconsin hide caption

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At 4.4 Billion Years Old, Oz Crystals Confirmed As World's Oldest

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Sunset on the Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park. Bill Young/Flickr hide caption

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If Yellowstone Could Talk, It Might Squeak. Blame The Helium

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Climbing robots, modeled after termites, can be programmed to work together to build tailor-made structures. [Image courtesy of Eliza Grinnell, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hide caption

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Robot Construction Workers Take Their Cues From Termites

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Graduate student Jennifer Klunk of McMaster University examines a tooth used to decode the genome of the ancient plague. Courtesy of McMaster University hide caption

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Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

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The eastern Grand Canyon was about half-carved (to the level of the red cliffs above the hiker) from 15 million to 25 million years ago, an analysis published Sunday suggests. But the inner gorge was likely scooped out by the Colorado River in just the past 6 million years. Laura Crossey/University of New Mexico hide caption

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Grand Canyon May Be Older (And Younger) Than You Think

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