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Better living through protein design?
The next big things in biotechnology could be proteins that are designed on computers – and are then synthesized to produce new medicines.
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A new sighting of Phoenix Lights! Not a black triangle, but the UFO-like Solar Impulse plane:
A solar-powered plane called Solar Impulse 2 completed a 16-hour flight from California's Silicon Valley to Phoenix, part of its round-the-world odyssey..
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After Solar Impulse's ocean crossings, a 16-hour flight to Phoenix qualifies as a short hop: 
A solar-powered plane called Solar Impulse 2 set out this morning from California's Silicon Valley for what's expected to be a 16-hour flight to Phoenix.
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Army Corps of Engineers agrees that controversial remains are Native American. Now what?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers formally rules that 8,500-year-old Kennewick Man, a.k.a. the Ancient One, belonged to a Native American tribe.
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Robot surgeons could be going into space and the cancer ward, but always with a human at the controls.
Robot surgeons are on the rise in operating rooms, but researchers see the machines as an aid for humans rather than their replacements.
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Congrats to the discoverers of Makemake's moon! We dig dwarf planets.
Astronomers have sifted through imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope to discover a tiny satellite circling the distant dwarf planet Makemake.
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More than 1,000 LIGO scientists will share in a Breakthrough Prize celebrating gravitational waves:
This year's revelations about gravitational waves are certain to win someone a Nobel Prize someday, but an even richer prize has already been awarded.
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The potentially habitable TRAPPIST-1 planets have their day in the sun .. a dim, red sun:
Three potentially habitable and definitely weird planets have been detected orbiting an ultracool dwarf star that's 40 light-years away from Earth.
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Drones with frickin' radars in their heads? Echodyne could make it happen: 
Bellevue-based Echodyne takes the wraps off a radar system that's just a step up from smartphone size but can provide advanced capabilities for drones.
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SpaceX finally gets in on the Air Force's national security launch biz, to the tune of $82.7M:
SpaceX wins an $82.7 million contract to launch a GPS-3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force, marking the company's first national security mission.
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Commercially funded missions to Mars? SpaceX will make it happen as soon as 2018:
SpaceX says it's planning to go ahead with robotic Red Dragon missions to Mars starting as early as 2018, powered by Falcon Heavy rockets.
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Another waste storage tank sparks added worries about Hanford's radioactive legacy: 
Workers at Eastern Washington's Hanford Site are trying to track down the source of radioactive contamination at a second underground waste storage tank.
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Quantum fluctuations in space, science and society, chronicled by Alan Boyle
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Cosmic Log (est. 2002) brings together news about Mars, Hubble, SpaceShipTwo, ancient mysteries and scientific quirks, as told by science writer Alan Boyle.