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    A $102 million biosecurity laboratory set to open in Kazakhstan will help scientists study dangerous diseases such as plague, which is re-emerging in Central Asia.

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    Scientists are using advanced technologies—from x-rays to facial recognition software—to look at history's masterpieces.

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    Improving 3-D Printing

    Through biomimicry, design based on nature, 3-D printing technology could get safer and better.

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    Abdel Kader Haidara had made it his life's work to document Mali's illustrious past. When the jihadists came, he led the rescue operation to save 350,000 manuscripts.

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