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Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

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Shots - Health News

Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Too stressed to get seven hours of solid shut-eye tonight? Prepare to be even less resilient tomorrow. Stress disrupts sleep, which feeds depression, anxiety — and more stress, scientists say.

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Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank

Journalist Paul Salopek's journey from Africa to South America takes him to Israel and the West Bank, where he notes the physical beauty of the landscape stands in stark contrast with violence there.

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