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roundup NASA shuttle program turns 25, looks to Mars and beyond. Also: Marines, cars, microbes and E. coli.

The NASA shuttle program turns 25 and looks to Mars and beyond. Also: Marines, cars, microbes and E. coli.

On April 12, 1981, an untested space shuttle Columbia lifted off and began a new era of space exploration. April 12, 2006

As the shuttle program turns 25, NASA opened its facilities for a peek into the development of the shuttles and their successor. April 13, 2006

A high-res camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sends back infrared color images of the Red Planet. April 10, 2006

NASA plans to crash a probe into the moon while the ESA puts a satellite around Venus. Plus, Mars news. April 11, 2006

It's not exactly rocket science, but for some, building a better buggy could be the next best thing. April 10, 2006

The New York Auto Show features a Brazilian "trybrid," Volvo's pop-up LCD and the return of the Rabbit. April 13, 2006

The amphibious Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle moves fast and packs state-of-the-art electronics. April 13, 2006

Single-celled animals might be some of the most important figures in high technology. April 12, 2006

Killing bugs with naturally occurring (but selectively bred) micro-organisms could save farmers billions of dollars a year in crop damage. April 11, 2006

Industrial-size digesters reduce mountains of manure into gas or electricity that can be reused on the farm or sold on the open market. April 10, 2006

NASA satellites monitor Great Barrier Reef for signs of coral bleaching. April 7, 2006

Sprint Family Locator uses GPS technology to pinpoint the location of a phone and display it on a map. April 13, 2006

Sun Ray 2 is less expensive, smaller. Sun Ray 2FS has fiber-optic ability and supports two high-res displays. April 13, 2006