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Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.
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Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.
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Expanding Medicaid Trims Hospitals' Costs Of Caring For Uninsured

One aim of Obamacare was to ease the financial strain on nonprofit hospitals that provide medical care to people who lack insurance and can't pay their bills. That plan is working, hospitals say.
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Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull

A woman who caught pneumonic plague in Colorado last summer likely contracted it from her friend or his dog. Antibiotics limited the outbreak to four people and cured them.
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How British Farmers Are Making Rapeseed (Canola) Posh And Flavorful

In the U.K., rapeseed is getting a royal treatment. It's called cold-pressing, and it's a method of processing the oilseed to bring out the best of its mustardy flavor.
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Kill The Messenger: NASA Orbiter Crashes Into Mercury

Messenger was launched from Earth in 2004. After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, the orbiter ended its mission with a quiet bang Thursday.
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The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.
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Safe Surgery Is A Dream In The Developing World

One-third of global deaths occur because people don't have access to safe surgery, a study finds. Dirty operating rooms and unskilled attendants make going under the knife extremely risky.
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Welcome To The Neighborhood: 2 Super-Earths Discovered

Astronomers using telescopes in Hawaii and California have found two exoplanets orbiting a star a mere 54 light years away. The discovery is important for two big reasons.
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Russia Tries To Regain Control Of Space Capsule

The cargo ship was launched Tuesday and scheduled to dock at the International Space Station to deliver 2.5 tons of supplies. Ground control lost contact after the ship reached its first orbit.

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