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Cassini turns dangerous orbit to unlock Saturn's rings

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| All it takes is impact with something the size of a pebble to destroy delicate equipment, so Cassini had to protect herself.

Scientists think they've figured out how Zika got to Florida

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No herd immunity, a large concentration of aedes aegypti mosquitoes and travel back and forth to Latin America were all likely contributors to the Zika outbreak in Florida.

How the Trump budget could affect NASA's JPL

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If the budget passes as is, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will feel some cuts but gain some additional funds for planetary exploration.

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How recently burned hills prone to mudslides recover

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Dirt-digging animals help start recovery after flames are extinguished but ground-anchoring plants take years to re-establish.

What is artificial snow actually made of?

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The fake flurries seen at malls and theme parks in Southern California are actually tiny bubbles made by creating a blend of surfactants and water.

Ever wonder just how a solar eclipse can fry your eyes?

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Even though the sun is partially obscured during an eclipse, it still gives off enough light to cause a chemical reaction in the eye that damages vision cells.

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Science of Now: Why does LA always heat up in the fall?

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It turns out that the cooler weather in the rest of the country creates the conditions that result in a dry, hot fall for Southern California.

World Cup: How physics lets players 'bend it like Beckham'

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Gustav Magnus was never a soccer star, but the 19th century physicist helped explain the phenomenon that allows players to curve a ball when they kick it.