Joe Palca Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR.

Scientists recently mapped the louse genome. It has only 108 million letters of DNA, which is fewer than in other insects they've mapped. Courtesy Aurelie Veracx hide caption

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Mapping Louse DNA Could Help Fight The Parasite

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Called red currant tomatoes, these Solanum pimpinellifolium are actually a tomato cousin, in the nightshade family. The fruits are intensely tomato-flavored and very sweet. Harry Klee hide caption

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Taking Tomatoes Back To Their Tasty Roots

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Scientists Create First Synthetic Cell

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Scientists report they have made a living cell from DNA that was originally synthesized in a lab. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Scientists Reach Milestone On Way To Artificial Life

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Someone who looks like this could be in your family tree. Chip Clark/Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Hey Good Lookin': Early Humans Dug Neanderthals

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Red and green aphids get their different colors by producing carotenoids, or color compounds. Courtesy of Charles Hedgcock, R.B.P. hide caption

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The Colorful Secret Of The Pea Aphid

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Iceland Volcano Emits More Lava, Less Ash

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Scientists: Volcano Could Erupt Again

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Researchers Evgenia Ilyinskaya and Asgerdur Sigurdardottir sweep up volcanic ash from a small bridge just south of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The ash will be taken back to the University of Iceland for analysis. Joe Palca/NPR hide caption

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Inside The Plume, A Volcano Tells Its Secrets

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Scientists Keep Close Eye On Volcano In Iceland

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Even the spin of a seemingly random roulette wheel can be predicted if you have the right information, says Antonio Acin of the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Safer Than A Gamble: Finding Truly Random Numbers

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