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Where Lead Lurks And Why Even Small Amounts Matter

Federal environmental regulations for lead in drinking water still leave room for concentrations high enough to pose a health hazard, critics say.
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Once Nearly Extinct California Island Foxes No Longer Endangered

Thanks to an aggressive recovery effort, a species of tiny foxes endemic to California recovers in what researchers say is record time.
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Bald Eagle's Comeback Means Bad News For Other Rare Birds

The recovery of the bald eagle is bad news for herons, loons and other rare birds. Their numbers are being decimated by eagles who prey upon them.
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Talk About An Ancient Mariner! Greenland Shark Is At Least 272 Years Old

This Arctic species can live longer than any other known animal advanced enough to have a backbone, scientists say — maybe more than 500 years. Their muscles might hold clues that could help humans.
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Robot-Like Machines Helped People With Spinal Injuries Regain Function

Eight people with serious spinal injuries who practiced hours of interaction with wearable machines for months regained lost feeling and some ability to move.
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Astronomers Predict Incredible Show As Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

The popular annual Perseid meteor shower peaks Thursday night. If astronomical predictions hold true, it could be the best show in years.
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This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower Is Going To Be Quite A Show — Here's How To Watch

Stargazers, get ready for something spectacular on Thursday. The annual Perseid meteor shower, already one of the most reliably impressive celestial events, promises to be especially good this year.
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Puerto Rico's Efforts To Stop Zika Are Hampered By Mistrust

Puerto Rico has more reported cases of Zika than many other places in the region, and the number of cases continues to rise. Unfortunately, Zika is just one of the island's many problems.
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Olympic Athletes Still Use Some Rx Drugs As A Path To 'Legal Doping'

Hundreds of elite endurance athletes were taking the prescription heart drug meldonium until it was banned in January. But a similar heart drug, telmisartan, is still allowed.
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Federal Data Shows Firefighting Chemicals In U.S. Drinking Water Sources

The study finds, in many cases, amounts barely higher than government guidelines allow, but significant levels in 66 water supplies. The chemicals are very persistent once in the environment.

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