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Lawmakers Threaten Budget Cuts On Agency Refusing To Release Information On Virus That Killed State Park Worker

Last June, an employee of the Meramec State Park died after contracting the Bourbon virus infection. Months later, Missouri lawmakers are threatening budget cuts to the state's agency for refusing to release information on the virus.

Public Health March 11, 2018

Mysterious 'Monster Fish' Washed Ashore On Australian Beach

A mystery fish was found washed ashore on a beach in Australia but was gone the very next day. Is it a sea monster, a living fossil, or a special protected species?

Animals March 11, 2018

Young Woman Who Gouged Own Eyes Out While On Meth Shares Her Story

At a young age, Kaylee Muthart struggled with a drug addiction that led her to gouge out her own eyes with her bare hands. She now tells the story of her struggle and optimism.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 10, 2018

1 Of Formerly Conjoined Identical Twins Finally Gets To Go Home From Texas Hospital

The Richards family can finally bring Anna Grace home after 428 days of being in the hospital. Her formerly conjoined twin, Hope Elizabeth, is expected to go home soon as well.

Medicine March 10, 2018

Evidence Of Water In Earth's Deep Mantle Found Inside Diamonds: What This Could Mean

What makes the discovery of Ice VII inside a diamond so important? It could help us understand the way the Earth really works from the inside.

Earth/Environment March 10, 2018

Analysis Ranks America's Alcohol Consumption By State: Which State Is The Booziest?

Which state in America has the most heavy drinkers? The CDC tracks Americans' drinking habits and data shows which states have a lot of excessive alcohol drinkers.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 10, 2018

Vaccinate Or Get Fired: Lawsuit Claims Woman Was Forced By Employer To Get Flu Shot

In order to keep her job, a nursing assistant was forced to get a flu shot despite her opposing religious beliefs. A filed lawsuit alleges that this was a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Public Health March 9, 2018

False News Spreads Faster Than Real News On Twitter: Study

Despite the said role of bots in spreading false news, a study finds that humans are still the primary driver of the spread of false news on Twitter. Study coauthor suggests Twitter users should 'think before you retweet.'

Feature | Science March 9, 2018

Flash Of Light With Mysterious Boom Reported By Washington State Residents

Residents of Grays Harbor County were baffled by a bright flash of light that was coupled with a mysterious loud boom. There were no explosions, earthquakes, or even strange weather events at the time of the incident.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2018

Smiles Aren't Created Equally: Research Finds Physical Impacts Of Different Smiles

Results of a new study showed how different types of smiles can elicit different physical effects. The study uncovered how people can physically react to non-verbal social cues.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 4, 2018

9-Year Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Fighting For Life Against Rare Hantavirus

The 9-year-old Fernando Hernandez is still fighting for his life after his flu-like symptoms turned out to be caused by hantavirus. He has been on life support for over 20 days.

Public Health March 4, 2018

Google Sued For Allegedly Refusing To Hire White And Asian Men

Google is being sued by a former employee for alleged discrimination against white and Asian men. This is not the first time that Google has been sued by its former employees.

Google March 4, 2018

Houston Daycare Teacher Remains Positive After Losing Foot To Flesh-Eating Bacteria

A Houston daycare teacher is already using a walker and ready to recover after his ordeal with flesh-eating bacteria. In order to save his life, surgeons had to remove his foot.

Public Health March 4, 2018

'Supercolony' Of Adelie Penguins Discovered: How Researchers Determined Number Of Birds

A supercolony of Adelie penguins was discovered in the Danger Islands in the northern Antarctic Peninsula. The islands aren't just a penguin hotspot, but they are also important breeding locations for the birds.

Animals March 3, 2018

World's Earliest Figural Tattoos Found On 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummies

A pair of Egyptian mummies were found to have been inked with the oldest known figural tattoos. The tattoos cannot be seen under normal light, but can be distinctly seen under infrared light.

Ancient March 3, 2018

Researchers Propose Five Clusters Of Diabetes Instead Of Two Types

Instead of the current classification of diabetes, researchers of a new study are proposing five clusters of diabetes. It is more specific and could lead to more targeted treatments for patients.

Medicine March 3, 2018

Young Father Of Two May Lose Penis To Aggressive Penile Cancer

The lump on a man's penis grew to the size of a grape in just three weeks. Still, he remains positive and eager to live his life with his fiancée and children.

Medicine March 2, 2018

Doctors Acknowledge That Menstrual Cramps Can Be Almost As Painful As Heart Attacks: What Now?

Doctors agree that menstrual cramps can be almost as painful as a heart attack. Why aren't more people taking it as a serious public health issue?

Medicine March 1, 2018

Mane Attraction: Zoologists Still Don't Know Why Bridget The Lioness Grew A Mini Mane

Oklahoma City Zoo's Bridget the lioness began growing a mane last March and zoologists are trying to understand why. While the case is definitely unique, it's not completely unheard of.

Animals February 25, 2018

Surgery And Anesthesia May Affect Immediate Memory, Study Finds

Researchers of a new study found immediate memory decline among patients who had surgery and anesthesia. The decline they found was small but still significant.

Medicine February 25, 2018

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