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Dogs Improve Beach Sanitation

By | September 4, 2012

Canines that chase away seagulls have been helping to reduce the amount of bird droppings, which can carry disease and lead to beach closures.

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Extinction Risk for Invertebrates

By | September 4, 2012

A new report estimates that human activities as well as other factors are threatening 20 percent of all invertebrate species, including corals and freshwater snails.

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From Plants and Fungi to Clouds

By | August 31, 2012

Salt compounds produced by plant and fungus species help form organic aerosols that form clouds and produce rain.

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FDA to Debate Starch Treatment

By | August 31, 2012

The US Food and Drug Administration will consider whether or not to stop the use of intravenous starch solutions to replace lost blood.

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Mississippi Flows Backwards

By | August 31, 2012

Hurricane Isaac’s winds made the Mississippi River reverse for 24 hours this week.

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Science and the GOP Platform

By | August 31, 2012

Republicans unveil their quadrennial list of policy positions, and it toes the party line on some science issues while upping support for others.

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Glass Shape Speeds Drinking

By | August 31, 2012

The shape of the glass holding your favorite brew can affect how quickly you get drunk.

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Creating Sperm from Skin

By | August 30, 2012

Researchers create early stage sperm cells from induced pluripotent stem cells, raising hopes that infertile men could be fathers.

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Green Cities Reduce Pollution

By | August 30, 2012

Trees and bushes growing in the world’s metropolises reduce air pollutants by 8 times more than previously realized.

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Resisting TB

By | August 30, 2012

A study finds that drug-resistant tuberculosis is more prevalent than current estimates suggest.

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