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Two Charts Show December’s Crazy Warmth
Extreme heat in 2015
December 31st, 2015
December has been crazy warm across the East, leading to 10,000 daily heat records compared to 500 cold ones.
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Climate Change May Put Power Grid at Risk in the West
high-voltage power lines
May 18th, 2015
The West should "climate proof" its power grid or risk electricity shortages, a new study says.
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Plague Cases in US Are Unusually High This Year
A scanning electron micrograph of a flea.
August 25th, 2015
There's been an unusually high number of plague cases in the United States this year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Most Americans Still Don't Eat Their Fruits & Veggies
health snacks, healthy eating, diet, attitude
July 9th, 2015
Didn't eat enough fruits and vegetables today? Join the club — 87 percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for fruit consumption, and 91 percent don't meet recommendations for vegetable consumption.
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Death in Your State: Map Shows 'Most Distinctive' Causes
A new map shows the "most distinctive" causes of death for each state. It shows where a rate of death from a certain cause was much higher than it was in the entire United States.
May 14th, 2015
The most common killers in the United States are well known — heart disease and cancer. But there are other, less common causes of death that are actually much more typical in certain states compared to the nation as a whole.
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Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
Mummified baby, million mummy cemetery
December 20th, 2014
A million mummies in one cemetery and the chemistry of Christmas cookies, just a few of the cool stories we've found in Science this week.
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Why Does Plague Still Occur in the Western US?
A scanning electron micrograph of a flea.
August 7th, 2015
Three cases of plague have occurred in the United States in recent months, and although the illness is rare, it's not uncommon to have a few cases here each year.
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California’s Forests Have Become Climate Polluters
The Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara County
April 29th, 2015
An emerging body of research shows that greenhouse gases are billowing out of the state’s woodlands.
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