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Scientists, tribe study shrinking Washington state glacier

MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) — Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the … Continue reading

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10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Have Weather Forecasts Improved?

The fierce Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast, taking more than 1,800 lives, made landfall 10 years ago. And though meteorologists knew then it would slam New Orleans with levee-toppling intensity, today’s weather forecasters are even better equipped to … Continue reading

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Lucy Liu Welcomes a Baby: 4 Reasons Why Couples Use Surrogates

Actress Lucy Liu has announced the arrival of her baby boy, which she had through the help of a surrogate. Although surrogacy is not very common, there are many reasons why women and couples may chose surrogates to be part … Continue reading

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‘Science of Mom’: Author Sifts Through Childrearing Facts & Fictions

Some new moms might feel as if they need to be scientists to understand what’s best for their babies: Vaccinate on schedule or not? Breast-feed exclusively or allow for some bottle-feeding? Sink $20 into one of those CDs promising to … Continue reading

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Full Moon Tonight Offers Sneak Preview of September Lunar Eclipse

A full moon will grace the sky tonight (Aug. 29), but it is only a dress rehearsal for next month, when the full moon will undergo a total lunar eclipse. Some Native American fishing tribes referred to the full moon … Continue reading

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Venus Displays Its Brilliant Morning Finery for the Fall

All through the spring and early summer, the planet Venus dominated the western evening sky. Now, as summer turns into fall, Venus will dominate the eastern sky before sunrise. Venus has erupted into view in the eastern morning sky for the … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina’s Stark Changes Endure in Images from Space

Louisiana’s dramatically enlarged lakes and inundated marshes — stark reminders of Hurricane Katrina’s ferocity 10 years ago — are prominent in a new satellite image.  Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall along the Louisiana-Mississippi border as a Category 3 storm on … Continue reading

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Panda Bros: Twin Cubs Were Fraternal Brothers, Tests Show

Twin pandas born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo would have been fraternal brothers, if the firstborn cub hadn’t died just five days after making its debut on Earth. The twins were born just about 5 hours apart from one another … Continue reading

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Beyond Pluto: 2nd Target Chosen for New Horizons Probe

NASA’s New Horizons probe, which flew past Pluto last month, now has a second target to aim for. The New Horizons team has selected an object named 2014 MU69, which lies roughly 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, … Continue reading

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Man Has Polio Virus Living in Gut for 30 Years

A man in the United Kingdom experienced a very rare complication of the polio vaccine he received in childhood — he never cleared the virus from his body. As a result, the virus has been circulating in his gut for … Continue reading

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