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Lost world -- what happened to Mars?

Where did the air and water go? NASA is launching a new spacecraft to try to find out. It's called MAVEN, which stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution. It's the first mission dedicated to studying the red planet's upper atmosphere.

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As Arctic Melts, a Race to Test Oil Spill Cleanup Technology

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy—one of two working icebreakers in the nation's fleet—concluded a sobering mission Tuesday in the ice-strewn waters north of Barrow, Alaska. The crew's task was to practice deploying equipment they hoped they would never use: new, high-tech gear for responding to a massive oil spill in the Arctic Ocean.

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Stronger than steel: The evolution of glass

A five-thousand-year-old material gets new life and super strength thanks to new technology. From the 103rd story of the Willis Tower in Chicago to Apple's future headquarters to a Corning research lab, we see how tough glass can get while maintaining its timeless beauty.

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Turning garbage into natural gas

Sierra Energy is developing a new kind of gassifier that could take in garbage and turn it into natural gas, diesel fuel and a saleable construction material called slag. Their prototype gassifier in Sacramento demonstrates how landfills could easily turn into gold mines.

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Energy from the Sea: Closer Than You Think

The two companies will develop a 10-megawatt power plant using ocean Thermal Energy conversion (OTEC) technology in waters off southern China's Hainan Island. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.

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