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Cheaper Bedbug Extermination May Be Near

A new drug is in the works to exterminate bedbugs at a cheaper price.

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Powerful But Fragile: The Challenge Of Lithium Batteries

Aviation authorities in the U.S. and abroad have grounded the new Boeing 787 because of problems with its big lithium batteries. The batteries pack an electrical punch, but can create incredible heat — and even fires — if things go wrong. This is a problem for electric car makers, too.
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A Worm's Ovary Cells Become A Flu Vaccine Machine

The Food and Drug Administration just approved a flu vaccine made by cells taken from the fall armyworm, an agricultural pest. The cells produce copies of a piece of the flu virus's outer coat that primes the immune system. Conventional vaccines use the whole virus and take longer to produce.
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How Do You Fend Off The Flu?

Aside from getting the flu shot, how do you outsmart the wily virus? Hoard hand sanitizer? Dodge door knobs? Or quietly slink away from coughing commuters? Dr. Nicole Bouvier, a flu researcher at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, talks about what works--and what doesn't--in avoiding influenza.
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Beijing Grapples with Record Air Pollution

Last weekend, air pollution in Beijing reached record highs, raising concerns about the cost of China's rapid industrialization. David Pettit, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses the pollution problem in China's capital, and why severe smog can be deadly.
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Colossal Quasar Clump Too Huge To Exist, In Theory

Astronomers have discovered a clump of 73 quasars that spans four billion light years at its widest point--that's like 40,000 Milky Way galaxies lined end-to-end. The only problem? Theory says the quasar cluster is too big to exist. Astronomer Gerard Williger and reporter Ron Cowen discuss this cosmological oddity, and other news about the cosmos.

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