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Aug. 03, 2012

Planning for ‘Curiosity’ on Mars

NASA scientist John Grunsfeld gives a preview of the Mars Curiosity mission, from the landing’s ‘seven minutes of terror’ to the plans for the exploration ahead.

mars, red planet, curiosity, pathfinder, spirit, opportunity, mars science laboratory, planetary science, geology, seven minutes of terror

Apr. 29, 2011

Annoying Book Probes The Science Of Irritations

From the psychology of trash talk to frustrated magnets, a new book asks if science can explain life's annoyances.

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Dec. 21, 2007

Looking Back on 2007 Science

From dramatic new stem cell techniques to new ideas about cosmic rays, 2007 had plenty of scientific surprises. Join Ira and guests for a look back at the top science stories of the year.

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Nov. 16, 2007

Monkey Clones and Stem Cells

Researchers report that they have been able to extract embryonic stem cells from cloned monkey embryos.

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