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Experts: Hail Damage is Worse, but Climate Role Uncertain

Experts: Hail Damage is Worse, but Climate Role Uncertain

By Dan Elliott | Aug 17
Hailstorms inflict billions of dollars in damage yearly in North America alone, and the cost will rise as the growing population builds more homes, offices and factories, climate and weather experts said Tuesday.

Officials Remove Special Rules for Gene Therapy Experiments

Officials Remove Special Rules for Gene Therapy Experiments

By Marilynn Marchione | Aug 17
U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly becoming an established form of medical care with no extraordinary risks.

Spacewalkers Flinging Satellites, Installing Bird Trackers

Spacewalkers Flinging Satellites, Installing Bird Trackers

By Marcia Dunn | Aug 16
Russian cosmonauts took a spacewalk Wednesday to fling tiny satellites into orbit and install an antenna for tracking birds on Earth.

Was A Great White Shark to Blame for Cape Cod Attack?

Was A Great White Shark to Blame for Cape Cod Attack?

Aug 16
Massachusetts' leading shark expert is trying to determine if the first person to be attacked in waters off the state since 2012 was bitten by a great white shark.

Modi Says India Will Send Manned Flight into Space by 2022

Modi Says India Will Send Manned Flight into Space by 2022

By Ashok Sharma | Aug 16
India will send a manned flight into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday as part of India's independence day celebrations.

A Rising Concern? After Straws, Balloons Get More Scrutiny

A Rising Concern? After Straws, Balloons Get More Scrutiny

By Candice Choi | Aug 16
Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons get deflated too?

10 Innovations Helping to Drive the Healthcare Revolution

10 Innovations Helping to Drive the Healthcare Revolution

Aug 16
"Social prescriptions," smart beds and digital programs for diabetes are among the futuristic innovations that could transform Great Britain's National Health Service, and perhaps, the world.

Toxins Turning Up in Dozens of Public Water Systems

Toxins Turning Up in Dozens of Public Water Systems

By Ellen Knickmeyer | Aug 15
The Trump administration called the contamination "a potential public relations nightmare" earlier this year after federal toxicology studies found that some of the compounds are more hazardous than previously acknowledged.

Governors Say Ban on Land Deals Could Hurt Beleaguered Bird

Governors Say Ban on Land Deals Could Hurt Beleaguered Bird

By Dan Elliott | Aug 15
Some governors in the U.S. West say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region.

Univ. of Michigan Reassembles Mastodon Couple

Univ. of Michigan Reassembles Mastodon Couple

Aug 15
A pair of mastodon skeletons that stood in a University of Michigan natural history museum for decades are being reassembled and erected inside the school's new Biological Sciences Building next door.

Devastating Toxic Algae Bloom Plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Devastating Toxic Algae Bloom Plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

By Tamara Lush | Aug 14
A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water.

Multi-Gene Test May Detect Heart Disease Risk and More

Multi-Gene Test May Detect Heart Disease Risk and More

By Lauran Neergaard | Aug 14
Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help.

'Touch the Sun': NASA Spacecraft Hurtles Toward Our Star

'Touch the Sun': NASA Spacecraft Hurtles Toward Our Star

By Marcia Dunn | Aug 13
A NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before.

Medication Given to Sick Killer Whale at Sea to Save Her

Medication Given to Sick Killer Whale at Sea to Save Her

Aug 12
A team of whale experts has injected an ailing killer whale with antibiotics in a rare effort to save her.

 Doctors Nudged by Overdose Letter Prescribe Fewer Opioids

Doctors Nudged by Overdose Letter Prescribe Fewer Opioids

By Carla K. Johnson | Aug 12
In a novel experiment, doctors got a letter from the medical examiner's office telling them of their patient's fatal overdose. The response: They started prescribing fewer opioids.

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