Budget cutbacks threaten a planned upgrade of the massive Titan supercomputer, seen here, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Charles Brooks/Oak Ridge National Laboratory hide caption

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Science On Shaky Ground As Automatic Budget Cutbacks Drag On
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Eeek, Snake! Your Brain Has A Special Corner Just For Them
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This riboflavin-rich material can be used to print intricate, microscopic structures in three dimensions. Courtesy of North Carolina State University hide caption

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Craig Venter: Life at the Speed of Light
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Discover the Inner Beauty of the Naked Mole Rat
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NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer probe, seen in this artist's rendering, is orbiting the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar surface. Dana Berry/NASA hide caption

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Netflix On The Moon? Broadband Makes It To Deep Space
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Maybe someday Jerry won't be laughing at George's follicularly challenged scalp. But despite scientific advances there's still no cure for baldness. NBC/NBC via Getty Images hide caption

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Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes severe diarrhea, can be difficult to treat with antibiotics. Stefan Hyman/University of Leicester hide caption

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Vines Choking Out Trees in the Tropics
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With Shutdown Over, Scientists Assess the Damage
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Promising New Treatment for the Deadly Ebola Virus
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New Fossil May Trim Branches of Human Evolution
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Researchers excavated the remains of five creatures who lived 1.8 million years ago, including this adult male skull. The excavation site, in Georgia in the former Soviet Union, was home to a remarkable cache of bones. Courtesy of Georgian National Museum hide caption

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Fossil Find Points To A Streamlined Human Lineage
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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep
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