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Firm Recalls Produce Suspected In E. Coli Infections From Costco Chicken Salad

Taylor Farms ordered the recall of vegetable mix used in the chicken salad and other products sold in Costco. The onion and celery mix from the California producer tested positive for E. coli.

Life November 29, 2015

Rocket Debris Found In Sea Off UK Shores Could Be From SpaceX Launch In Florida

Marking on floating piece of debris found in sea off Great Britain suggest it comes from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Debris may be from failed June launch or an earlier successful launch in 2014, experts suggest.

November 28, 2015

Astronomers Say Nearby Exoplanet May Have A Blue Sky Like Earth's

Telescope observations of a planet orbiting a star 100 light-years away find an atmosphere that may create blue skies. The planet is one of the smallest ever observed with a hydrogen-rich atmosphere, researchers say.

Space November 27, 2015

Kissing Bugs Spread Into Half Of US, Raising Concerns Of Deadly Infectious Disease

An insect whose bite can spread a disease that can cause damage to the heart has been found in 28 states, the CDC says. Kissing bugs can carry a parasite that causes an infection known as Chagas disease.

Life November 26, 2015

Hypergiant Star Seen Shedding Mass Ahead Of Explosive Death As Supernova

Scientists see the mechanism by which a red hypergiant star sheds mass and expands on the way to death in a massive cosmic explosion. The star, VY Canis Majoris, is 30 to 40 times the mass of our sun but is nearing the end of its short life, researchers say.

Space November 26, 2015

Women Catching Up To Men In Alcohol Consumption, Survey Finds

Men are still drinking more than women, but that gap has been closing in recent years, a study finds. In every measure of drinking habits, women are approaching men's levels.

Life November 25, 2015

Culprit In Mysterious Snake Die-Off ID'd: There's A Fungus Among Them

Researchers identify a fungus causing disease and death in wild snakes in nine U.S. snakes. Disease is affecting seven snake species important to ecosystems, they report.

November 25, 2015

Chicken Salad From Costco Linked To E. Coli Outbreak In Seven States

Nineteen people have become ill from E. coli from rotisserie chicken salad purchased at Costco stores. Five have been hospitalized, with two suffering a rare type of kidney failure.

Life November 25, 2015

Genome Of Organism Known As A Water Bear Shows Surprising Amount Of 'Stolen' DNA

By grabbing DNA from other organisms, the creatures, also known as tardigrades, have adapted to extreme environments, scientists find. The tiny animals can survive extremes of temperature, dryness and even the vacuum of outer space.

November 25, 2015

Researchers 'Unroll' A Tumor To Better Understand Cancer

An engineered laboratory cancer tumor that can quickly be disassembled for study can help toward better understanding of tumor behavior, researchers say. Cells can be collected and studied in less than 10 seconds, they say.

November 25, 2015

Mars May Someday Have A Ring Around It, Courtesy Of A Destroyed Moon

The red planet's tiny moon Phobos could be torn apart by Mars' gravity and form a ring, new study suggests. That would make Mars the fifth ringed planet in the solar system, joining Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Space November 24, 2015

Genetic Engineering Yields Mosquitoes That Can't Spread Malaria

A gene-editing technique creates mosquitoes resistant to the malaria parasite. That means they can't transmit the disease to humans, researchers explain.

Life November 23, 2015

'Resurrection Plants' That Come Back From The Dead Could Lead To Drought-Resistant Crops

Genetic secrets of plants that play dead during drought but can come back to life could help food crops do the same thing, scientists suggest. Such crops could help farmers survive more droughts threatened by climate change, they say.

November 23, 2015

Toxic Mud Flowing Down Brazilian River Reaches The Atlantic, Raises Pollution Fears

Toxic sludge released by collapse at a Brazilian mine has reached the Atlantic Ocean. Conservations express concern over its possible impact on wildlife.

Earth/Environment November 23, 2015

Record Number Of Stranded Seal Pups Found On California Beaches

Malnourished northern fur seal pups showed up on California beaches. The impact of ocean water changes on food supplies is likely the reason, experts suggest.

November 23, 2015

Scientists Turn Salt Water Into Drinking Water By Shocking The Salt Out With Electricity

A simple portable system could be used in disaster areas to provide emergency drinking water, researchers say. The system has advantages over other technologies such as filters.

November 21, 2015

Giant Galaxies Nearly As Old As The Big Bang That Shouldn't Exist Mystify Astronomers

Astrophysicists are puzzled by massive galaxies almost as old as the universe. Such large galaxies from when the universe was just a few billion years old shouldn't have had time to form, they say.

Space November 20, 2015

Genetically Engineered Salmon Become First Modified Food Animal Approved For Human Consumption

Salmon genetically modified to grow faster get FDA approval despite opposition from food safety and environmental groups. After years of GMO fruits and vegetables being available, FDA issues the first approval of a GMO food animal.

Life November 20, 2015

Eyeless Daddy Longlegs Found In Brazil Named For Smeagol From 'Lord Of The Rings'

A blind, pale arachnid discovered in a cave in Brazil is named for the cave-dwelling Gollum of J.R.R. Tolkien's tales. The arachnid is dubbed 'Iandumoema smeagol.'

November 20, 2015

Criminal Charges Filed Against Maker Of Popular Workout, Diet Supplements

The U.S. Justice Department comes down on companies that profit from products 'that threaten consumer health.' Six executives of Dallas-based USPlabs have been arrested.

Life November 20, 2015

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