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Physicists Discover "Triple-scoop" Baryon
"Physicists of the DZero experiment at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a new heavy particle...approximately six times the proton mass."

Liquid Lens Can Magnify at the Flick of a Switch
"The first liquid camera lens with no moving parts, and that can switch between two levels of magnification, has been designed by a German research team..."

Driver Ticketed for Using Biofuel
"Teixeira is one of a growing number of fuel-it-yourselfers -- backyard brewers who recycle restaurant grease or make moonshine for their car tanks. They do it to save money, reduce pollution or thumb their noses at oil sheiks."

Plants can Recognize and Prefer Their Kin
"The apparently passive garden plant is not as easy-going as people assume, at least not with strangers. Researchers at McMaster University have found that plants become competitive when forced to share a pot with strangers of the same species, but they are more friendly when potted with their siblings."

Mystery Solved: Mars Had Large Oceans
"'This really confirms that there was an ocean on Mars,' said Mark Richards, a planetary scientist at the University of California at Berkeley and co-author of the study..."

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