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On to Mars: Obama Declares, 'I Expect to See It'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Associated Press) -- President Barack Obama boldly predicted Thursday his new plans for space exploration would lead American astronauts on historic, almost fantastic journeys to an asteroid and then to Mars--and in his lifetime--relying on rockets and propulsion still to be imagined and built...

from the San Diego Union-Tribune (Registration Required)

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Save Your Computer From an Early Retirement

Computers don't age well. Once-speedy machines can easily slump into slothfulness after just a few years. As unwanted files pile up, wait times drag on. But with a little maintenance, you can save your PC from an early retirement...

from the Christian Science Monitor

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Costs May Delay Heart Patients From Seeking Treatment

Patients without health insurance, and those who are insured but fear the cost of medical care, are more likely to delay seeking life-saving treatment when having a heart attack...

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

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'Raw Milk' Advocates, Health Officials Step Up Dispute

Maybe you can't cry over spilled milk, but that doesn't mean you can't have big fights if it's unpasteurized. To a small but dedicated community, it's "raw milk," a life-giving, vitamin and enzyme-rich miracle cure for asthma, gastrointestinal disorders and multiple other illnesses. The viewpoint, championed in the past decade by the Weston A. Price Foundation, which follows the nutritional teachings of a mid-century Ohio dentist, has gained a life of its own on the Internet...

from USA Today

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Body Heat: Sweden's New Green Energy Source

It's 7:30 a.m. on a wintry morning in downtown Stockholm and a sea of Swedes are flooding Central Station to catch a train to work. The station is toasty thanks to the busy shops and restaurants and the body heat being generated by the 250,000 commuters who crowd Scandinavia's busiest travel hub each day. This heat used to be lost by the end of the morning rush hour...

from Time

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Plastic Soup in Atlantic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Associated Press)--Researchers are warning of a new blight at sea: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over a remote expanse of the Atlantic...

from the Seattle Times

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Finding Truly Random Numbers

Randomness is hard to come by. At least things that are absolutely, positively, 100 percent random. Take the example of a roulette wheel: It may seem that the number the ball falls on is a random event, but Antonio Acin of the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona says it's not...

from NPR

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U.S. Leads New Bid to Phase Out Whale Hunting

WASHINGTON -- The United States is leading an effort by a handful of antiwhaling nations to broker an agreement that would limit and ultimately end whale hunting by Japan, Norway and Iceland, according to people involved with the negotiations...

from the New York Times (Registration Required)

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'Very Eerie': This Winter Had Virtually No Flu

Is it possible for a pandemic to save lives? The short answer is that it just did. Since swine flu first burst onto the scene one year ago this month, fewer Americans appear to have died of influenza-related causes than in any recent flu season...

from the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Low Solar Activity Link to Cold UK Winters

The UK and continental Europe could be gripped by more frequent cold winters in the future as a result of low solar activity, say researchers. They identified a link between fewer sunspots and atmospheric conditions that "block" warm, westerly winds reaching Europe during winter months...

from BBC News Online

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