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Doctors recount the Paris terror attacks: 'This is the civil application of war medicine'

On the morning of Friday, Nov. 13, doctors throughout Paris — along with emergency personnel from the city’s fire brigade — held a drill to hone their response to a multiple-shooting disaster. Several hours later, when terrorists really did stage shootings and bombings throughout the city, many of those doctors at first believed it was another phase of that exercise.

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Income inequality makes the rich more Scrooge-like, study finds

As the annual "season of giving" dawns, a new study finds that stark income inequity -- a dramatically rising trend in the United States -- makes the "haves" less generous toward others.

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Gold and platinum offer clues about the moon's mysterious tilt

A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about once every year and a half, on average. But imagine if it happened every single month. For this to be the case, the moon would have to orbit Earth in the same plane in which Earth travels around the sun – that way, the new moon would always come directly between us and the sun.

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In 40 million years, Mars may have a ring (and one fewer moon)

Nothing lasts forever – especially Phobos, one of the two small moons orbiting Mars. The moonlet is spiraling closer and closer to the Red Planet on its way toward an inevitable collision with its host. But a new study suggests that pieces of Phobos will get a second life as a ring around the rocky planet.

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Scientists aim to fight malaria with genetically engineered mosquitoes

Watch out, malaria — scientists are coming for you with genetically engineered mosquitoes.

A team of researchers has altered the DNA in mosquitoes so they can fight and kill the parasites that cause malaria inside their own bodies. That way, the insects can’t transmit the deadly parasites to humans.

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Newest Pluto pics show day in life of dwarf planet

NASA's newest Pluto pictures depict an entire day on the dwarf planet.

The space agency released a series of 10 close-ups of the frosty, faraway world Friday, representing one full rotation, or Pluto day. A Pluto day is equivalent to 6.4 Earth days.

The New Horizons spacecraft snapped the pictures as it zoomed past Pluto in an unprecedented flyby in July.

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