The deep-water-research submarine Alvin is launched from Atlantis. Scientists are studying how ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico may have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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Deep-Water Dive Reveals Spilled Oil On Gulf Floor
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Siblings Of Sick Kids Learn A Life Lesson Early
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Dr. Barry Gordon, a neurologist and an experimental psychologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has been trying to help his son Alex find language. Alex, pictured here at 7 years was always non-verbal and diagnosed as autistic at age 4. Courtesy of the Gordon Family hide caption

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A Scientist's Saga: Give Son The Gift Of Speech
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Silly Science Honored With Ig Nobel Prizes
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Researchers Spend Thanksgiving At Sea
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Shopper Andrea Harrison says despite reports about lead in reusable bags, she'll keep using them as her way of keeping plastic out of waterways. Elizabeth Shogren/NPR hide caption

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Grocery Bag Lead Test Results Flummox Shoppers
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HIV Prevention Pill A Big Development In Communities Of Color
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Tuning In To The Brain's 'Cocktail Party Effect'
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Scientists say the pterosaur, shown here on display at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, may have been able to fly as high as 15,000 feet for distances up to 12,000 miles at a time. Itsuo Inouye/AP hide caption

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Peerless Pterosaur Could Fly Long-Distance For Days
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Locking Up Antimatter
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Lou Gehrig smacks a homer in a game between Major League stars and a Japanese all-star team. Hulton Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Songbirds, like this male tricolored blackbird, develop regional accents in the same way humans do, researchers found. And, like humans, songbirds seem to respond better to accents they already know. Dave Menke/Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Unfamiliar Accents Turn Off Humans And Songbirds
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This sculpture of a Homo neanderthalensis adult male represents Neanderthals that lived between 225,000 and 28,000 years ago. It is a reconstruction based on Shanidar 1, made for the Smithsonian Human Origins Initiative. John Gurche, sculptor, Chip Clark, photographer/Smithsonian Human Origins Initiative hide caption

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Growing Slowly, Humans Outsmarted Neanderthals
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