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NASA Offers $35,000 For Help In Tracking Asteroids

March 11
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Cash prizes await "citizen scientists" who can improve algorithms that help NASA find and identify asteroids in our solar system, the agency says. A contest begins next week.

Hubble Telescope Captures Shattering Asteroid

March 6
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Scientists say the asteroid began coming apart early last year. They theorize sunlight is slowing pulling the asteroid apart by increasing its rotation.

Don't Worry, They Say, 100-Foot Asteroid Will Miss Us Today

March 5
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The 100-foot wide chunk of space rock is supposed to pass by within about 217,000 miles of our planet.

Mayor Faulconer Postpones San Diego's Email Deletion Policy

March 4
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By Claire Trageser
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On his first full day in office, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer postponed a newly announced policy of deleting all city emails older than a year.

By The Time Your Car Goes Driverless, You Won't Know The Difference

March 4
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Using software developed at UC San Diego, Audi is developing an autopilot system for your car.

New San Diego Biotech Company Targets Aging With Lots (And Lots) Of Genome Sequencing

March 4
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By David Wagner
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J. Craig Venter was one of the first scientists to sequence a human genome. A decade later, his company wants to push genomics forward by sequencing thousands more.

Studies Show Big Promise For HIV Prevention Drug

March 4
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Research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV from sex with an infected partner.

Study: Bird Strikes Pose Serious Threat To Military Helicopters

March 4
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Bird strikes pose a serious threat to the safety of military helicopters, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the National Wildlife Research Center.

Why Don't Crowd-Controlled Videogames Devolve Into Total Chaos?

March 4
By David Wagner
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Hundreds of Zelda players were able to cooperate enough to beat The Legend of Zelda three times over in less than a week. Here's how.

CarPlay: Apple Unveils Plan Linking iPhones To Honda, Volvo, Others

March 3
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CarPlay promises to integrate the iPhone's tools and features into the controls and environment of a car. But Apple says the apps have been "reimagined" to let drivers use them "while your eyes and hands stay where they belong."