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Mars Curiosity About to Shake Things Up

Mars Curiosity is about to take its first sip of the red planet's sand. But only after NASA's rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust is shaken, not stirred.

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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named "Hottah" after Hottah Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named "Hottah" after Hottah Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
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Mars Rover Discovers Signs of Ancient Stream

Scientists say NASA's newest Mars rover has found signs that a stream once flowed across the surface near the site where it landed.

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Great White Shark Tagging off East Coast (Facebook.com via Ocearch)
Great White Shark Tagging off East Coast (Facebook.com via Ocearch)
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Brave Scientists Tagging Great White Sharks off East Coast

CHATHAM, Mass. — The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a flurry of activity.

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The Surprising Reason Why Some Children are Shorter

According to a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics mothers who suffer depression after pregnancy are more likely to have short kids.

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Astronomer – Confirmation of Alien Life Is Only 40 Years Away

Aliens have long been major players in science fiction and pop culture, but according to the Queen’s astronomer, Lord Martin Rees, scientists are now within 40 years of actually confirming their (non-fictional) existence.

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New Research – Working Parents Are Not Focused On Raising Healthy Kids

Many moms today are cursed with having to put in more hours at the office to feed the kids, but a new study suggests that those moms working full-time time jobs to put food on the table are actually not paying close enough attention to their children’s dietary and fitness requirements.

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Why Does Pregnancy Last 9 Months?

Have you ever wondered why the human gestation period is nine months long? A recent study bucked years of traditional wisdom and revealed a surprising answer.

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Clairity, Flickr
Clairity, Flickr
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Temper Tantrums in Kids – A Sign of Serious Problems?

Witnessing a temper tantrum oozing from the sticky mouth of a spoiled little whipper-snapper is not only a less than desirable experience, but it also carries enough nerve-bending weight to turn us adults into the Jimmy Hoffa of the local cherry red behind union.

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David McNew, Getty Images
David McNew, Getty Images
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How Rare Is a Blue Moon? [VIDEO]

Saying something only happens “once in a blue moon” typically means it’s extremely rare. True blue moons — defined as the second full moon in a month — aren’t actually that uncommon, but if you don’t catch the one on Aug. 31, it’ll be three years before you get another chance.

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RelaxingMusic, flickr
RelaxingMusic, flickr
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Can You Learn While You’re Aleep?

All-night cram sessions are commonplace for students. But even though we know being sleep-deprived could be counter-productive, it seems learning doesn’t have to stop just because we nod off.

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