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A freshman at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has already directly contributed to the advancement of technology in space. While still in high school in Enterprise, Alabama, Robert Hillan designed a tool for a very unusual competition. The winning design was to be created with a '3-D printer,' on-board the International Space Station. The engineering major recently spoke with WLRH host Shane Scott, and you can stream or download their conversation here.

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Earth's changing climate has made the quest to understand wave behavior more important than ever, scientists say. Rising seas, storm surge and dune and reef erosion all shape Florida's Gulf Coast.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed Wednesday that it had recently changed its policy to allow the Muslim headscarf.

It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.

Roxanne Quimby donated nearly 88,000 acres of land — once used to harvest timber for paper mills — to the federal government. Now it's the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Gunmen attacked the heavily fortified campus in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday evening, and hospital officials say at least one student was killed and 14 injured during the attack.

Modern bakeries rely on industrial mills for their flour. But a small and growing number of bakers, chefs and pasta makers are making their own flour with the age-old method of stone milling.

The fisherman's family says he found the pearl inside a giant clam near the island of Palawan and kept it under his bed. If confirmed, it would be far and away the largest natural pearl ever found.

People as far away as Thailand, India and Bangladesh felt the magnitude 6.8 quake. Historic pagodas in the city of Bagan appeared to be damaged, and at least three people reportedly died.

Turkey's offensive is the largest military mission of its kind in the Syria conflict to date. It was intended to clear ISIS militants from territory along the border.

News of a 1999 rape case against Nate Parker raises some age-old questions about culture. Can art be separated from its creator? What moral obligations, if any, do the consumers of culture bear?

Researchers analyzed people's photo galleries on Instagram, then asked about their mental health. People who favored darker, grayer photos and filters were more likely to be depressed.

Turkey has taken in 2.7 million Syrian refugees since 2011. But it's extremely difficult for refugees to build a new life, particularly for children who often can't get documented.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday. David Greene speaks with reporter Christopher Livesay in Amatrice, at the epicenter: "It does look like a war zone," Livesay says.

The earthquake struck overnight, devastating a number of picturesque small towns packed with vacationers. Survivors are being pulled from the rubble as a series of aftershocks shake the region.

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