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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.
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New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.
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GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.
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Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark Sky Reserve

The International Dark-Sky Association has named only three "gold-tier reserves" on Earth where a "full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed." There's only one in the Northern Hemisphere — at the the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in far Southwestern Ireland.
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U.S. Funding of Health Research Stalls As Other Nations Rev Up

It's not just government-sponsored medical research that's dwindled in the last few years in the U.S. Drug firms have curbed their investment, too, especially in early-stage hunts for new drugs.
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NASA Identifies Cause In July Rocket Launch Failure

An incorrect installation was to blame for an aborted NASA launch out of Wallops Island, Virginia, last July.

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Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread

The disease known as white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats, but scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering.
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3 Kings Holiday Cake Laced With Synthetic Drugs Makes Dozens Hallucinate

What seemed like a case of food poisoning has now turned into a police investigation. Synthetic drugs present an evolving problem for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

Even if your avatar for games and social media doesn't look at all like you, it still says a lot about your personality, a study finds. Want to look friendly? Skip the shades; wear a sweater.
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Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrates in the Raccoon River.

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