Soldiers participate in physical therapy while using a prosthetic brace called the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO), which allows them to use and strengthen severely injured legs. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping

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When Brad Stevens was young, his only "health insurance" was taking tons of vitamins and spending three hours at the gym every day. But after a serious bike accident and an expensive battle with thyroid cancer, the 59-year-old realized nobody's invincible. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Everybody Has A Price: Why This 'Invincible' Chose Insurance

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Sales of the airliner are flagging, and airlines are retiring their 747 fleets. The end may be near for the original "jumbo jet," but in its day, it offered an experience like no other. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Boeing's Iconic 747 May Be Flying Into The Sunset

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Horace Wilson and other members of his family in a portrait believed to date to the 1860s. He's the mustachioed fellow standing at top right. Courtesy of Abigail Sanborn hide caption

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Japanese Baseball Began On My Family's Farm In Maine

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Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes. Mary Levin/University of Washington hide caption

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How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

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Researchers say intervention in early childhood may help the developing brain compensate by rewiring to work around the trouble spots. iStockphoto hide caption

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Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

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Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

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Commercial fisherman Ronnie Hopkins (left) and his assistant, Armondo, catch Asian carp on Lake Barkley, Ky. Paul Rister/AP hide caption

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Carp(e) Diem: Kentucky Sends Invasive Fish To China

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Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "nonserious" crimes to county jails. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Freeing Up California's Prisons: A Massive Undertaking

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An oiled murre passes the darkened shoreline near Prince William Sound, Alaska, less than a month after the March 1989 spill. Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science

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The TALON MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) can be transformed from a weaponized robot to one with an arm and gripper by changing out its modules. PRNewsFoto/Foster-Miller Inc. hide caption

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When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame

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Hanna Rosin says when kids do things that feel risky on a playground, it allows them to conquer a fear and gain independence. Fox Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Kids These Days: Growing Up Too Fast Or Never At All?

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Doctors may eventually be able to diagnose "preclinical" Alzheimer's in patients who have abnormal brain scans but who aren't yet showing behavioral symptoms of the disease. iStockphoto hide caption

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Alzheimer's Diagnosis Expanding To Catch Early Warning Signs

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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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A BigDog robot at Boston Dynamics in 2010. The BigDog is being developed to help soldiers carry heavy equipment in the field. It can follow a human being, walking across wet/sandy/rocky terrain, just like a dog would. Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future

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