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Scientific Journals Plan To Publish Contentious Bird Flu Research

A government advisory committee has reconsidered its advice to keep certain details of bird flu experiments secret. Revised versions of manuscripts that describe two recent studies can be openly published, the committee now says. The decision could help end a debate that has raged within the scientific community for months.
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Is That A Crushed Bug In Your Frothy Starbucks Drink?

Cochineal is a red dye made from a crushed insect native to Latin America. Some vegetarians are distressed that Starbucks uses the dye in some of its pink-colored food and beverages.
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Health Care Ruling Could Impact Presidential Race

The health care case and other high profile Supreme Court rulings expected in June suggest that the justices may become a bigger part of this year's presidential race than the court has been in decades.
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Take Your Dog To The Office And Stress Less

Do you think you'd be less stressed out if you took your dog to work with you? Science agrees. Employees with dogs were less stressed out than their coworkers, new research finds. But it works only if the dog is polite.
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Watch The Wire: How Your Grill Brush Could Make You Sick

Between May 2009 and November 2010, Rhode Island Hospital admitted six patients to its emergency room after they accidentally ingested small wire bristles from the metal brushes used to clean the grill.
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Feds To Decide On Banning BPA From Food And Other Products

In its effort to review the safety of bisphenol A, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called on a high-powered team of government scientists to help answer several key questions. Their results add some important context to the debate about BPA.
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New York Bans 'Synthetic Marijuana'

The New York State Health Department banned the sale of synthetic marijuana products like those on Thursday. So all kinds of wacky stuff that's made to get people high — but is often disguised as potpourri, incense or some mixture of herbs — is now verboten.

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