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ITSY BITSY ALIENS Americans would probably welcome the discovery of microbial alien life.

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FORENSIC LENS  A new approach to determining a body’s time of death looks for patterns in genes that are active after death.

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EARLY TO RISE  U.S. lawmakers passed a bipartisan budget deal before dawn. The measure could boost federal spending for science research, but tough decisions about how to divvy it up are still to come.

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