Scientists say a brief burst of radio activity has been detected at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. This new report resembles previous activity detected in Australia, which has scientist debating possible causes, including solar flares, blitzars, or something even more mysterious. Brian Negin/iStockphoto hide caption

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Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

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Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet

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The solar panels of the International Space Station (ISS) are just one example of the many kinds of fragile scientific instruments that require inventive packing and deployment tricks. NASA hide caption

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To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

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Why Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes

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Nasa Bends The Rules To Get Two Rovers To Mars

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If They Want To Make Anything, Proteins Must Know How To Fold

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The CRISPR enzyme (green and red) binds to a stretch of double-stranded DNA (purple and red), preparing to snip out the faulty part. Illustration courtesy of Jennifer Doudna/UC Berkeley hide caption

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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

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One of 30 copies of the first protoype meter made by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Sevres, France. 1875-1889 NIST Museum Collection hide caption

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How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

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To Put Two Rovers On Mars, Scientists Had To Get Clever With Packing

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

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Gender Imbalance in Academic Science

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Elizabeth, Samuel, Bryan and Noah Shaw amid Texas bluebonnets on Easter Sunday. Samuel was conceived with in vitro fertilization so he would not suffer from the hereditary cancer that afflicted Noah. Courtesy of Elizabeth Shaw hide caption

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Faith Drives A Father To Create A Test For Childhood Cancer

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Noah Shaw, now 5, shows off his Texas roots at a recent birthday party. Courtesy of Bryan Shaw hide caption

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Chemist Turns Software Developer After Son's Cancer Diagnosis

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Eyewire: A Computer Game to Map the Eye

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