Successful liftoff launches NASA’s planned longest-ever manned mission

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Friday’s launch went off without a hitch.

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    Ebola patient at NIH improves

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    Scientists find the ‘invisible paint’ that makes Mercury darker than dark

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    Fish don’t want birth control, but scientists say they get it from your pill

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    Wind power or hot air? Foes question Christie’s shift on clean energy.

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    New hepatitis C drugs are costing Medicare billions

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    Rise in government insurance rates to mirror rising waters, flood debt

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    Skywatch: See Jupiter and celebrate Hubble Telescope’s 25th anniversary

    Skywatch: See Jupiter and celebrate Hubble Telescope’s 25th anniversary

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    Murder-suicide by plane: What drove Lubitz to do it?

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    Successful liftoff launches NASA’s planned longest-ever manned mission

    Successful liftoff launches NASA’s planned longest-ever manned mission

    Friday’s launch went off without a hitch.

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    Oh, my aching wallet: MRI instead of physical therapy for low back pain leads to $4,793 higher price

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    Watch now: NASA launches two astronauts for its first ever year-long mission in space

    Watch now: NASA launches two astronauts for its first ever year-long mission in space

    Settle in for a live stream of NASA’s historic launch, scheduled for 3:42 p.m. ET.

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    Dark matter is apparently ‘darker’ than we thought

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    White House announces plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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    In effort to halt outbreaks, protocol for cleaning medical scope is updated

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    Twins Scott and Mark Kelly will be making history, in space and on land

    Twins Scott and Mark Kelly will be making history, in space and on land

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    Ebola patient at NIH upgraded to serious

    Ebola patient at NIH upgraded to serious

    Health-care worker arrived at Bethesda facility on March 13 after being flown from West Africa.

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    Tornado tears through Oklahoma

    Tornado tears through Oklahoma

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    Why aren’t we producing medications for looming global disease threats?

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    This hunter wants an endangered rhino’s head as a trophy. Looks like he’ll get it.

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    Justices appear split on EPA plan for cutting toxic energy-plant emissions

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    Parents’ lawsuit says Quorn mold-based food product killed their 11-year-old son

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    Ben Carson doesn’t really know what a ‘psychopath’ is

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    Asteroid redirect mission won’t really redirect a whole asteroid, NASA announces

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    Two Tommy John surgeries may be too much of a good thing for MLB pitchers

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    Finally, an antifreeze your kids can drink!

    Sweet, delicious, non-deadly antifreeze is just around the corner. And that’s a good thing.

    The blasts of black hole winds may cut off galactic star formation

    The blasts of black hole winds may cut off galactic star formation

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    Photos from SpaceX

    Photos from SpaceX

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    The testosterone and HGH boom: How critics say ‘disease mongering’ created a multibillion-dollar industry

    The testosterone and HGH boom: How critics say ‘disease mongering’ created a multibillion-dollar industry

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    Ancient Egyptian skeleton shows signs of breast cancer

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    The Opportunity rover just “ran” an 11 year marathon on Mars

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    Mars has the right nitrogen for life, NASA reports

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    Are you at risk for ovarian cancer? How to decide whether Angelina Jolie’s surgery is necessary

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    Watch awestruck people seeing color for the first time

    Watch awestruck people seeing color for the first time

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    Frozen food recalled over possible listeria-tainted spinach

    Frozen food recalled over possible listeria-tainted spinach

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    50 years ago this week, someone smuggled a sandwich into space

    50 years ago this week, someone smuggled a sandwich into space

    Happy anniversary, illicit space sandwich.

    In just days, astronaut Scott Kelly will begin historic year in space

    In just days, astronaut Scott Kelly will begin historic year in space

    Kelly will log more days in space than he has in his entire career, and his twin on Earth will make his trip all the more valuable.

    Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease often withheld from patients, report says

    Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease often withheld from patients, report says

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