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One Downside Of Home Wart Treatments: Bursting Into Flames

Home wart-freezing devices can spark fires, the Food and Drug Administration warns, and people have been burned. People also can be injured by using these frostbite-inducing tools too enthusiastically, dermatologists say, damaging skin as a result.
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About 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks Found In D.C.'s Aging Pipes

Pipelines conveying natural gas in Washington, D.C., are old and wearing out, with approximately four leaks per mile, a recent scientific survey of the pipes suggests. Researchers say the average amount of methane lost to leaks in Washington seems to be more than twice the national average for cities.
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In Search For Habitable Planets, Why Stop At 'Earth-Like'?

Scientists hunting for planets that could support life have been too focused on finding places that resemble Earth, according to a report in the journal Astrobiology. The authors have come up with a list of traits that might make a planet "superhabitable."
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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.
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Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Why does sugar leave our brains crying, "More! More! More!"? A neuroscientist and research psychologist who studies sugar addiction breaks it down for us in a clever new TED-Ed video.
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Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures

This variety of the drug has very little of the primary component that produces the high. Families have been moving to Colorado to get access to the therapy.
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An Old Tree Doesn't Get Taller, But Bulks Up Like A Bodybuilder

An aging tree's girth is good for the planet, scientists say, because it helps it suck more carbon dioxide out of the air. "It's as if, on your favorite sports team, you find out the star players are a bunch of 90-year-olds," one ecologist says.
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Pregnant Women Warned Against Drinking Water In W.Va. Area

The CDC says pregnant women should stick to bottled water until all traces of a coal-treatment chemical are gone from the local water supply.
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The Science Behind Flying In V Formation

The motivation for flying with other birds in V formation is probably to save energy, say researchers who tracked the pattern of wing flaps in an ibis flock. Each bird in the V catches a bit of lift from the bird ahead.
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Peter Stone Can't Get Enough Of Robots Playing Soccer

Computer scientist Peter Stone has taken his passion for soccer into the lab. He's developing robots that can play soccer. The work requires expertise in computer vision, robotics and understanding about how autonomous agents work together.

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