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Think It's Hot? The Swiss Just Hit 5.5 Trillion Degrees

In light of this summer's record high temperatures, we find perspective on really hot temperatures. In an experiment, scientists at Europe's CERN laboratory claim to have achieved the highest temperature ever produced by humans — about 5.5 trillion degrees. Audie Cornish and Melissa Block have more.
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Climate 'Weirdness' Throws Ecosystems 'Out Of Kilter'

"We've had time to act — and essentially we haven't acted," says science journalist Michael Lemonick. He describes the threats posed by climate change in his new book, Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future.
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How A Virus In Snakes Could Offer Clues To Ebola In Humans

A newly discovered disease that makes boa constrictors sick could help researchers figure out how some dangerous viruses in animals end up infecting people.
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Feds Conclude Probe Of Polar Bear Scientists

Critics have charged that the two-year federal investigation into two researchers who wrote a famous report on drowned polar bears was a witch hunt. The probe is over, but the scientists have not been allowed to see its conclusions, their lawyer says.
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Summer Science: What's A Meteor Shower?

What causes the bright streaks in the night sky when we see shooting stars? Science correspondent Joe Palca ventured down to Venice Beach to demonstrate how meteor showers work.
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On The Road To Olympic Gold, Kenyan Marathoners Fuel Up On Carbs

Kenya's winning marathoners mainly fill up on high-carb vegetarian dishes like ugali, a cornmeal mush, and githeri, boiled corn and kidney beans. It's a bland diet, but it seems to help them excel at middle- and long-distance running.
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A New Species Discovered ... On Flickr

Could crowd-sourced photo sharing be the future of taxonomy? Cybertaxonomy?

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