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Kepler still studying the skies

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, continues to troll for planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Early this month, scientists announced it had made its 1,000th find.

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A wake-up call for Japan

The hostage crisis with the Islamic State group should not deter Japan from contributing to the global fight against terrorism in its own, nonmilitary ways.