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People are curious. That's probably why Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" is such a hit.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bring their explosive brand of urban myth debunking to the University of South Florida Sun Dome Saturday night.

They recently took on an enduring cinematic mystery recently by testing out the question left by the smash movie Titanic, "Did Jack Dawson really have to die?"

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The Global Hawk drone is known for raining fire in war zones far from the United States. But now, NASA is using the planes to check out hurricanes, as reported in Florida Today.

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They are ingrained in American history as the launching point for our manned missions to space. And now - for the first time ever - you don't have to be a rocket scientist to get close to the places where the space shuttle and Apollo missions left the Earth. We take a new tour of the Kennedy Space Center.

While you're enjoying your coffee this morning, half a dozen scientists are already at work. They're not sitting at desks, however, but a few miles off the Florida Keys, 60 feet down on the ocean bottom.

Get ready for a wet weekend. There's a 70 percent chance that a low in the Gulf could become Tropical Storm Debby soon -- perhaps as early as today. The storm is now expected to his the Tampa Bay region before crossing Florida.

It's tomato time here in the mid-Atlantic – the critical moment when those of us eager to pull fat, bright fruit off our own backyard vines in a couple months are scurrying to get tender little plants in the ground.

But as anyone who's spent a few summers of kneeling in the dirt can tell you, healthy-looking vines will not necessarily get you a mind-blowingly delicious tomato. And why?

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The transit of Venus, when the planet can be seen as a black dot moving across the sun, is happening today starting at 6 PM.

The transit of Venus happens every 100 years or so and tonight's viewing is the last one of the century. The next viewing won't be until December 2117.

The transits usually occur in pairs and in a time span of about 8 years. The first one happened in 2004.

Private Rocket Launch Successful, Heads to Space Station

May 22, 2012
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A commercial rocket blasted off at 3:44 a.m. Tuesday with a load of supplies for the International Space Station. The SpaceX company's Falcon 9 rocket took flight from Cape Canaveral carrying a capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of space station provisions.

Nell Greenfieldboyce covered the launch for National Public Radio:

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A pair of University of South Florida researchers has won the third annual Cade Museum Prize for Innovation for a device they've developed that uses sound waves from inside a patient's body to diagnose health problems.

Phil Hipol, the engineering director at USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), and Dr. Stuart Hart, professor in USF Health's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, won the prize for their electronic catheter stethoscope, or "eCath."

Carol and Barney Barnett - members of the family that founded the Publix Supermarket chain - have donated $1 million for series of new classrooms at the Florida Aquarium.

It will be called the Carol and Barney Barnett Learning Center—part of the Aquarium’s "Rising Tides Campaign," which aims to raise $15 million in donations.

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NASA's oldest space shuttle, Discovery, made its final flight today aboard a modified 747 jumbo jet.  It left Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral just after sunrise Tuesday morning bound for Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

It will go on display at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum hanger at the airport.