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Geoff Brumfiel

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Astronauts Will Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Space

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Two NASA astronauts are aboard the International Space Station. Turkey is on the menu but not pumpkin pie. NASA can't make pumpkin pie in space because the crust doesn't come out right.

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Comet Lander's Big Bounce Caught On Camera

Monday, November 17, 2014

An orbiting spacecraft caught the Philae lander bounding on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The lander sent home some scientific data before its batteries ran out.

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Have ISIS And Al-Qaida Stopped Fighting, Started Cooperating?

Friday, November 14, 2014

For more than a year, the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaida have viewed each other as rivals. Now, reports out of Syria suggest the two may have worked out a truce.

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Pentagon Plans To Spend Billions Upgrading Nuclear Program

Friday, November 14, 2014

After a major investigation into America's nuclear forces, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says that he will be investing billions of dollars into the system, and changing to the way it's managed.

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U.S. Strategy On ISIS Comes Under Fire At Congressional Hearing

Thursday, November 13, 2014

At the first congressional hearing on ISIS since the U.S. began bombing that force in Syria, Republicans called for U.S. boots on the ground, while Democrats questioned whether Iraq's troops and Syria's rebels can be relied on to fight. Congress is considering new authorization for the campaign.

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After Bouncy Landing, Philae Lander At Rest On Comet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scientists have established contact with the lander, but they're not sure where on the comet it is. The lander apparently bounced after touching down, and its future may be uncertain.

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Successful Comet Landing A Major Step For Space Exploration

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The European Space Agency on Wednesday successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet — something that has never been done before. But scientists say the lander may not be fully secure.

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Comet's Rugged Landscape Makes Landing A Roll Of The Dice

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Researchers admit their estimates that the comet was "potato-shape" were way off. Luck may now be the deciding factor in the attempt for a soft landing early Wednesday.

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Researchers To Attempt Robotic Landing On Comet's Surface

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Putting a probe on a comet's surface would be a first for mankind. But it doesn't look like it will be easy.

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Even After SpaceShipTwo Crash, Many Space Tourists Hold On To Tickets

Friday, November 07, 2014

Virgin Galactic says there have been some cancellations in the week since its experimental craft went down, killing the co-pilot. But many ticket holders say they don't plan to ask for refunds.

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Test Flight Crash Fails To Deter Space Tourists

Friday, November 07, 2014

Last week, a commercial spaceship built by Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight. More than 700 had signed up for flights on the craft, and many are sticking with the project — for now.

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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.

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Incorrect Command May Have Doomed Virgin Spaceship

Monday, November 03, 2014

On Friday, an experimental space plane crashed in the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now new details have emerged about what went wrong in the moments before the crash.

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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

Monday, November 03, 2014

Scientists working to create the perfect atomic clock have a fundamental problem: Right now, on the ceiling, time is passing just a bit faster than it is on the floor.

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Virgin Galactic 'Spaceship Two' Crashes In Calif.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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Ancient Viruses Lurk In Frozen Caribou Poo

Monday, October 27, 2014

A 700-year-old caribou dropping from northern Canada holds surprisingly well-preserved viruses. There's no evidence the viruses are dangerous, but they are scientifically interesting.

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European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

Friday, October 24, 2014

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from a comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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High In The Andes, Bolivia's Gondolas In The Sky Ease Congestion

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One of Latin America's poorest countries is building the world's longest urban cable car system. The aim is to transform the lives of commuters who battle chronic traffic problems.

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A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

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