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Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders?

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The greenish-yellow tips on this human chromosome (No. 16) are telomeres. Terry Allen/Corbis hide caption

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As Heard On Morning Edition

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A sixth sense? A small patch of neurons on either side of the brain recognizes how many dots are on a screen. As more dots appear, active neurons shift to the right. Courtesy of Ben Harvey/Utretch University hide caption

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Beautiful or creepy? A recent survey found that an image of a lotus seed head makes about 15 percent of people uncomfortable or even repulsed. tanakawho/Flickr.com hide caption

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The olinguito is the first carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Courtesy of Mark Gurney hide caption

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Meet The Olinguito, The Newest Member Of The Raccoon Family

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Could the images common in accounts of near-death experiences be explained by a rush of electrical activity in the brain? Odina/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

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All in the name of science: Volunteers hike in Colorado during their one-week hiatus from electrical lighting. Courtesy of Kenneth Wright hide caption

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"Liver buds" grow in petri dishes. The rudimentary organs are about 5 mm wide, or half the height of a classic Lego block. Courtesy of Takanori Takebe/Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine hide caption

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Scientists Grow A Simple, Human Liver In A Petri Dish

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Chimpanzee Toni celebrated his 50th birthday at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich on Nov. 22, 2011. Sven Hoppe/DPA/Landov hide caption

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Rule Would List All Chimps As Endangered, Even Lab Animals

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