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Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms

Cities are finding beneficial and lucrative ways to dispose of solid waste, while also helping farmers. But a lot of sewage still ends up in landfills or being processed at big, industrial incinerators.
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Feds Fault Preemie Researchers For Ethical Lapses

Infants received different levels of oxygen to see which was better at preventing blindness without increasing the risk of nerve damage or death. But the federal government says doctors in the study didn't tell parents enough in advance about the "foreseeable risks" to their children.
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Earliest Cookware Was Used To Make Fish Soup

Humans were using cookware as early as 15,000 years ago, according to a new analysis of ancient Japanese ceramic pots. Those first meals? Fish soup.
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Test-Tube Baby Pioneer Dies

Sir Robert Edwards, whose research led to the world's first "test-tube baby," overcame enormous controversy surrounding his work.
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Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren't Free Of Antibiotics

Both fruits are vulnerable to a nasty disease called fire blight that can devastate orchards. So organic labeling standards allow for antibiotics to be used on apple and pear trees. That exemption is set to end in 2014 — but growers say they need a little more time.
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Patent Medicines Get A Belated Chemical Checkup

Researchers put some old elixirs and pills in the Henry Ford Museum's large collection of patent medicines to a modern test. They found a mix of potentially harmful metals like lead and mercury along with benign ingredients, including calcium and iron.
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Tim Gallagher: "Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre"

A naturalist tracks the Imperial woodpecker through Mexico: He describes his dangerous expeditions through the Sierra Madre mountains to save a rare bird.

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Genetically Modified Rat Is Promising Model For Alzheimer's

Drug companies have developed several Alzheimer's drugs that seemed to work in mice, but did not help people with the disease. So scientists have created a rat with human genes in hopes of getting a better model for testing the drugs.
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Monkey Calls Could Offer Clues For Origin Of Human Speech

Melissa Block talks with researcher Thore Bergman about his findings that a rare type of Ethiopian monkey, the gelada, makes a human-like sound that could offer insights into the evolution of human speech.

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