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Detectives at the abbey

Roofless for centuries, its upper stone courses have tumbled to the ground, some of its arched windows have collapsed, and other sections of wall seem ready to fall.

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How did those get in there?

The electron micrographs seemed clear enough: Bits of gold had found their way inside living bacteria. But Tamara McNealy could hardly believe what she saw.

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A bit dense

Psychologist Jim McCubbin knew last fall that news of his research had gone viral. Still, he was surprised when it made it to Saturday Night Live.

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Making cars lighter, stronger

With gas prices soaring, the auto industry is looking for ways to save fuel and cut emissions. One solu­tion: a lighter car.

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Probing a mystery at the edge of space

On a clear night in March, five rockets pierce the sky above the coast of Virginia. As the roar of their departure fades, they grow ever smaller and disappear into darkness.

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transformations

A new generation of tools is allowing scientists to reveal, in breathtaking detail, once-hidden patterns of life.

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killer raspberries

Can raspberries help protect us from cancer? Lyn Larcom and Patilee Tate are studying that possibility, and the initial results look promising.

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after Fukushima

The earthquake and tsunami that disabled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in March 2011 rocked the industry like a tidal wave.

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water for Cange

A few years ago the people of Cange, Haiti needed water. Some of them had to walk a thousand feet down the mountain and climb back up lugging forty-pound buckets.

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food fight

JoAnna Gorcesky admits she’s a little bit nervous about the big shootout in San Antonio. “I have dreams about it,” she says. “Not the good kind.”

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