The Discoverer Deep Seas drill ship sits off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico in this 2006 photo. President Obama's plan expands eastward the area of the Gulf where drilling is already permitted. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva celebrate after the particle accelerator started smashing protons at record energies earlier today. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Magritte's 1964 painting The Intimate Newspaper gets us thinking: Who is this? A familiar friend or a complete stranger? Rene Magritte/Corbis hide caption

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Scientists altered people's perceptions of right and wrong by applying magnetic stimulation to the brain. The study is part of a larger effort by scientists to explain the mechanics of how the brain makes moral judgments. hide caption

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Scientists at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center started seeing an increase in starving sea lion pups last spring. Guy Raz/NPR. hide caption

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