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Scientists Find Fern Whose Parents Are Separated By 60 Million Years Of Evolution

Scientists have found a fern whose parents are separated by some 60 million years of evolution. <i>This story originally aired on February 24, 2015 on</i> Morning Edition.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>This week is pretty quiet in a lot of workplaces.<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Even here, it's quieter than …

Coast Guard: Tow Boat Collision On Mississippi Causes Oil Spill

<b>Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET</b><p>The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down a section of the Mississippi River south of Paducah, Ky., after two tow boats collided, causing an oil spill of unknown size.<p>In a statement, the Coast Guard said that the collision occurred Wednesday at 8:22 p.m. at Mile Marker 937, just …

Watch a Soyuz capsule dock with the International Space Station

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Star Wars Fans Figure Out The Force That Awakens BB-8 Robot

Magnets, that’s how it works<p><i>Star Wars: The Force Unleashed</i>, the seventh movie in the venerable space opera franchise, has already won fans with a cast full of new as well as familiar faces and a striking, post-Imperial aesthetic. It also features a brand-new robot, the sphere-with-a-head BB-8, who …

We finally know how many trees there are in the world

How many trees are there on planet Earth?<p>According to a new study, the answer is somewhere around 3.04 trillion.<p>That's about 400 trees for every person.<p>And while that may seem like a lot, scientists say that before humans began clearing forests, the Earth was home to nearly twice as many trees.<p>"The …