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U.S. Marines walk on tracks of a vehicle to avoid improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as their platoon clears a route to reach another platoon in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province in 2010. Marines airdropped into the region came under intense Taliban fire. (Associated Press)

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This artist rendering shows NASA's next generation of moon rockets being developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Preliminary work on two Ares spacecraft has already cost NASA $7 billion.

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** FILE ** An attendee shakes hands with Hoovers Mobile's remote-controlled Robot Hoovie at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2009. (Associated Press)

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick recently gave a major boost to the state's stem-cell research program with a $1 billion, 10-year Life Sciences Initiative. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Attendees observe the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings on April 16, 2008, that a year earlier took the lives of 33 faculty and students. (The Washington Times)

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A single cell is removed from a human embryo to be used in generating embryonic stem cells for scientific research. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Associated press photographs Intel Corp. is paying $1.25 billion to Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), its largest rival in the market for computer processors, to settle all antitrust and patent suits, the companies said. However, Intel must deal with antitrust charges filed by governments, most notably in Europe, at the urging of AMD.

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Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, shows off a Motorola cell phone containing Google's Android software during a joint announcement with Google in New York. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Adobe's newest version of Photoshop Elements enables users to "recompose" a photo without distorting the remaining subjects in the picture.

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Ed Ho (right) demonstrates the online telecommunications service Skype with friend Daren Tsui, on-screen, at Mr. Ho's home in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo)

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Motorists pass a billboard encouraging people not to text while driving in Indianapolis, where drivers younger than 18 are banned from using cell phones. (Associated Press)

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European nations such as Britain use embedded microchips in credit, debit and identity cards to boost security, while American banks and retailers play a waiting game. (Associated Press)

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Lower the Cost of Textbooks is one of about 30 groups on Facebook protesting the skyrocketing costs of college texts. A new law requires publishers to release more information on pricing and to reduce selling materials as a package.

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getty images Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology John Holdren. **FILE**

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** FILE ** Gary McKinnon, shown in this file photo from 2009, is charged with breaking into computers belonging to NASA, the Department of Defense and several branches of the U.S. military. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** This mouse was produced from stem cells coaxed from skin tissue of adult mice and then reprogrammed. Two teams of Chinese scientists have made a major advance in the development of a new kind of stem cell that doesn't involve destroying embryos. (AP Photo/Nature, Dr. Qi Zhou)

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This is an image of a shark taken from a video shot off the coast of Catalina Island near Los Angeles Nov. 20, 1996, during a demonstration of a device to repel sharks, the Shark POD. The device is designed to exploit sharks' unique sensitivity to electrical fields and can envelop the diver in a 12-volt protective field for up to 90 minutes. (AP Photo/Yehuda Goldman)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS/BRITISH LIBRARY A reader examines a page from the earliest surviving Christian Bible. The book, known as the Codex Sinaiticus, was divided among four repositories around the world, but it has been reunited digitally for online research.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Alicia Istanbul works in her basement studio at her home in Marietta, Ga, where the stay-at-home mother and jewelry designer kept up with friends and marketed her company through Facebook, until the social networking site deemed her name a fake and locked her account.

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Ken Ogawa stars Ninja Blade, which is set in the near future in Tokyo. (Courtesy of Microsoft Game Studios)