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Records of Birds from a Time Gone By

At first glance, the contents of the 15 glass jars in Sam Droege's collection do not look like much--bivalve shells, twigs, a fishhook. But they hint at a story that would fill a vast ornithological library. In fact, they once did.

from the San Francisco Chronicle

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Cholera Vaccine Deployed to Control African Outbreak

For the first time, health officials in West Africa have begun a vaccination campaign to try to control cholera during an active epidemic.

from Nature News

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Turning Saltwater from Earth and Sea into Water Fit to Drink

SAN ANTONIO -- Drilling rigs in the midst of cow pastures are hardly a novelty for Texans. But on a warm May day at a site about 30 miles south of San Antonio, a rig was not trying to reach oil or fresh water, but rather something unconventional: a salty aquifer. After a plant is built and begins operating in 2016, the site will become one of the state's largest water desalination facilities.

from the New York Times (Registration Required)

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N.R.C. Nomination Shines Spotlight on Waste-Disposal Issue

WASHINGTON -- When the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets on Wednesday to consider President Obama's choice to head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, three themes are likely to dominate the questioning: waste, waste and earthquakes.

from the New York Times (Registration Required)

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China to Carry Out Manned Space Flight

China has announced it will carry out a manned space flight at some point in the middle of June.

from BBC News Online

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Lack of Sleep Increases Stroke Risk

The 30% of working adults who routinely sleep less than six hours a night are four times more likely to suffer a stroke, says a new study. The findings are the first to link insufficient sleep to stroke; they're also the first to apply even to adults who keep off extra pounds and have no other risk factors for stroke, says Megan Ruiter, lead author of the report. It will be presented Monday at the 26th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

from USA Today

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Mystery of Big Data's Parallel Universe Brings Fear, and a Thrill

Not long ago, a woman in Tacoma, Wash., received a suggestion from Facebook that she "friend" another woman. She didn't know the other woman, but she followed through, as many of us have, innocently laying our cookie-crumb trails through cyberspace, only to get a surprise. On the other woman's profile page was a wedding picture--of her and the first woman's husband, now exposed for all the cyberworld to see as a bigamist...

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CT Scans on Children 'Could Triple Brain Cancer Risk'

Multiple CT scans in childhood can triple the risk of developing brain cancer or leukaemia, a study suggests. The Newcastle University-led team examined the NHS medical records of almost 180,000 young patients. But writing in The Lancet the authors emphasised that the benefits of the scans usually outweighed the risks...

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