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Cyclo-What? A Nasty Stomach Bug Spreads In The Midwest

A rare parasite has sickened at least 315 people across 14 states, health officials said. The culprit is cyclospora, a food-borne bug that causes wicked diarrhea. People typically catch the parasite from contaminated produce, but the source of this outbreak is still unknown.
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Don't Blame Your Lousy Night's Sleep On The Moon — Yet

Over drinks in the light of a full moon, a group of Swiss sleep researchers recently realized they could put a bit of folklore about the moon's disruptive effect on sleep to the test. The answer surprised them, and didn't quite win over some other scientists in the field.
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Why Mosquitoes Love Me, And Other Mysteries Revealed

Dr. Roger Nasci, a mosquito expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says you don't necessarily need repellent with a high percentage of DEET to keep the 'skeeters away. Repellant still works well in low doses, and so far mosquitoes aren't growing resistant to it.
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If You Want A Donut Hole, Don't Ask A Mathematician

For bakers, turning a donut into a donut hole is simple. For a mathematician, it's impossible.
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Steam And Groundwater Raise Concern At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Water in all its forms has caused trouble at the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant this week. They are reminders that the problems are far from over.
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La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry For Destroying Wetlands

Since the 1930s, Louisiana has steadily been losing land that protects the city from hurricanes and other disasters. So the government group charged with shielding New Orleans from flooding sued about 100 oil and gas companies on Wednesday for their role in damaging coastal wetlands.
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What's Swimming In The River? Just Look For DNA

Biologists have discovered they can track hard-to-see species in streams, ponds and even the ocean by sampling the water for DNA. Scientists say the technique is an important conservation tool: So far, it's been used to track declining giant salamanders and even locate a rare whale.
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Being In The Minority Can Cost You And Your Company

Social scientists recently made an interesting discovery: The wage gap between blacks and whites (working identical jobs) varies greatly by location.
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NASA Uses Photo Of Earth From Saturn To Boost Space Interest

On July 19, a spacecraft nearly 900 million miles from Earth took a color picture of our planet. NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped the picture from orbit around Saturn. Now scientists have finished processing the picture. It shows a small blue dot next to the giant ringer planet.
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The Big Stink: D.C.'s Corpse Flower Put On A Show

The gigantic flower known as the "corpse flower" gives off a pungent odor of rotting flesh. Crowds to the U.S. Botanic Garden missed the nocturnal scent but still ogled at the pistachio-colored bloom.

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