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Deadly Middle East Coronavirus Found In An Egyptian Tomb Bat

Just a fragment of genes in bat guano was enough for researchers trying to find out how a deadly new virus spreads. It's the first time the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus has been found in an animal, and offers strong evidence that bats carry the virus.
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On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Are Making A Tenuous Comeback

The windswept island about 6 miles off the coast was a haven for a hugely diverse bird population until fishermen decimated the birds' ranks. Puffins have been successfully reintroduced to Eastern Egg Rock, but warming ocean waters may be threatening their ability to survive.
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Ebola Treatment Works In Monkeys, Even After Symptoms Appear

An experimental drug rescued three out of seven monkeys from lethal doses of Ebola. The study marks the first time researchers have shown that a drug can successfully treat Ebola in animals even after the infection is well underway.
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Golden Arches: Human Feet More Flexible Than We Thought

By precisely measuring footfalls, scientists discovered that healthy human feet bend and flatten much like the feet of tree-dwelling apes. And the flex in one person's foot can vary a lot from one step to the next.
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Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

People who had taken LSD, psilocybin or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health treatment or to have symptoms of mental illness, a Norwegian study finds.
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Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds

Researchers from the University of Michigan find that while Facebook provides an invaluable resource for social connection, it actually undermines well-being.
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How Extreme Australian Rains Made Global Sea Levels Drop

Sea level has been rising steadily as a result of global warming. But in 2010 and 2011, levels dropped sharply by a quarter of an inch. A new analysis says that's because extraordinarily heavy rainfall got trapped in inland Australia.
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How To Win That Music Competition? Send A Video

A new study shows that judges base musical performances more on sight than on sound.
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Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Fewer than 30,000 cases of the tick-borne illness are reported each year. But the CDC says surveys of labs that test for the disease, six years of insurance claims and other surveillance methods suggest that the number of infections is actually 10 times higher.
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Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

California's crop of Hass avocados — those green fruit essential for guacamole — usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the smallest in memory — some barely bigger than an egg.

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