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The Gamma Delphinids Are Coming: 'Elusive' Meteor Shower Tonight

They travel at about 127,500 miles per hour, and NASA calls them "elusive" and "scarcely known." Tonight could bring the best views of the gamma Delphinid meteor shower since 1930.
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Triple Threat: Middle East Respiratory Virus And 2 Bird Flus

Is the world on the verge of a pandemic? There are three reasons to think so. Two flu viruses are active, and a virus that bears a resemblance to SARS has cropped up in the Middle East. Each has devastating potential, but many early warnings of past pandemics have failed to materialize.
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The Mission To Fly A Solar-Powered Plane Around The World

In 1999, the Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard became the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon. The journey took three weeks but he almost didn’t make it, nearly running out of fuel. That close call inspired Piccard to...

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City Life Disrupts Daily Rhythm Of Birds

City life can be harsh on people. For example, it pushes people to work longer and sleep less. A new study suggests that city life can have a somewhat similar effect on birds too. It shows urban blackbirds wake up earlier and go to bed later than their forest dwelling cousins.
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With Epilepsy Treatment, The Goal Is To Keep Kids Seizure-Free

For children with epilepsy, doctors now try to prevent seizures altogether. It's a big switch in thinking from the days when seizures weren't considered such a bad thing. That changed due to research showing that seizures can affect learning and memory.
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Aquarium Sculptors Create Coral For Conservation Awareness

Colorful, fake coral gives aquarium visitors an eco-friendly glimpse inside a reef. At the National Aquarium in Baltimore, a new reef exhibit presents an artistic challenge to the coral fabrication team.
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'Not Fighting For Just Sarah': Rating Transplant Priorities

Sarah Murnaghan's family took up a legal fight to push the 10-year-old higher on the adult organ waitlist. In addition to trying to secure new lungs, mother Janet Murnaghan says the system needs to change.
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For London Zoo Patrons, It's A Case Of Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Squirrel monkeys in a "walk-through" enclosure bit more than a dozen visitors over a year-long period, according to a report.

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