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What Killed Him? A 'Verbal Autopsy' Can Answer

In many parts of the world, there aren't enough doctors around to do post-mortems. Answers to a few questions can help a computer deduce what killed someone when an autopsy can't be done. The results can help guide decisions about public health.
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Scientists Mourn Popular Wolf Shot By A Hunter

The wolf known as 832F was taking a rare jaunt outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park when she was killed last week. Though her death is a blow to those who followed her story, some say hunting is a necessary part of the future of wolves in the West.
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Is California Up Next For An Oil And Gas Boom?

The Bureau of Land Management is auctioning off 18,000 acres of oil leases in California Wednesday. The state has one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the country. And it's attracting new attention because of the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing – or fracking.
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Seafood Sleuthing Reveals Pervasive Fish Fraud In New York City

Red snapper, wild salmon, and other fish sold in some outlets were other, cheaper species, according to DNA tests done by an ocean conservation group. The report is just the latest in a string of investigations revealing that seafood mislabeling is commonplace.
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What Porcupines Can Teach Engineers

The barbs on porcupine quills help them pierce the skin. If the bumpy needles work so well for the big rodents, couldn't they they also help doctors and nurses giving injections? Designers of medical devices are looking to try the porcupine approach.
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How A Superbug Traveled The World

About 10 years ago, some nasty bacteria became impervious to some common classes of antibiotics. Scientists have sequenced genome samples of this superbug from all over the world. The results helped them figured out how it emerged in the U.S. and then moved to Europe, Australia and Asia.
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Buzz Off: Bedbugs Unfazed By Ultrasonic Devices

Once bedbugs settle in, the toll on your mental health and pocketbook can run high. So what about driving the bloodsucking insects off with high-pitched sounds? Scientists say gadgets that claim to do that are a waste of money.
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Forget Extinct: The Brontosaurus Never Even Existed

Even if you knew that, you may not know how the fictional dinosaur came to star in the prehistoric landscape of popular imagination for so long. The story starts 130 years ago, in a time known as the "Bone Wars."

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