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Economists see slow, steady recovery next year

The pace of the U.S. economic recovery will remain steady but slow in the face of persistently high unemployment and heavy debt burdens, according to a new survey. Full story

Mars atmospheric mission passes milestone

NASA has given the go-ahead to a $438 million mission led by the University of Colorado-Boulder to investigate Mars and the likelihood that it once harbored life. Full story

Butterflies survive developing in space

For the first time in history, two butterflies have survived the chrysalis stage of development and spread their wings as fully grown Painted Lady butterflies in microgravity. Full story

New images suggest an ancient Martian lake

Images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a 30-mile-long canyon and beach remnants surrounding a basin. Full story

Plant-eating dinosaur spills his guts

An analysis of the gut contents from an exceptionally well-preserved juvenile dinosaur fossil suggests that the hadrosaur's last meal included plenty of well-chewed leaves digested into tiny bits. Full story

Suspect in U.S. student's death abroad escapes

One of two suspects in the killing of a University of Colorado student who was vacationing in a Mexican resort town has escaped from jail, police said Sunday. Full story

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