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Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking

Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston and several other cities. Advocates say orchards can have longer lasting impact than gardens.
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Battling Stink Bugs And Mosquitos With The 'Bug Guy'

Two less-than-popular creatures are emerging with the warmer weather. Mike Raupp, professor of entomology, has some advice for the beleaguered.

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Pipeline Operator In Calif. Spill Reportedly Had History Of Infractions

Plains All American Pipeline had accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
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Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.
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Chipping Away At The Mystery Of The Oldest Tools Ever Found

How do you prove a rock was actively shaped and used as a tool more than 3 million years ago? Scientists found a kit of more than 140 artifacts in one spot and say the tools' crafters were pre-human.
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Energy Companies Step In To Fund STEM Education

Many public high schools lack funding for STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — programs. Energy companies worried about finding future employees are donating to schools.
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FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics

The Food and Drug Administration wants to know which farm animals are getting treated most heavily. But the FDA's proposal still falls short of the best European data practices.
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Maine Bill Aims To Make Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers More Affordable

Expensive versions of prescription opioids that are tougher to cut, crush and inject are less likely to be abused, legislators hope. But some doctors call the bill well-meant, but ill-advised.
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Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

The White House's strategy to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.
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She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem. It's spread through the air. It can kill you. And it's incredibly difficult to treat. But a program in Peru shows that the disease can be cured.

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