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4 hrs ago | Monterey County Herald

Small earthquake rattles Northern California

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck Sunday at 1:17 p.m. PDT about six miles south of Covelo in Mendocino County. The epicenter was about 120 miles from west of Sacramento.

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Related Topix: Earthquake, Natural Disasters, Geology, Covelo, CA, Mendocino County, CA, Monterey County, CA

7 hrs ago | Brandon Sun

Oil associates asked B.C. government for gas plant exemption: documents

In January of this year, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers made a presentation to high-ranking officials in British Columbia's Environment Ministry, outlining changes they wanted to environmental review rules for natural gas projects. An outcry from First Nations organizations forced an about-face from Environment Minister Mary Polak, who rescinded the revisions two days after they were passed by order-in-council.

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Related Topix: Environment

11 hrs ago | WWLP

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks - so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Food and Drug Administration, Apiculture, University of New Hampshire, University of Minnesota

15 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald

Chinese march against incinerator for 2nd day

Residents in a southern Chinese town protested against a proposed garbage incinerator for a second straight day Sunday, according to witnesses, as police said ringleaders of earlier demonstrations that saw clashes with police should surrender. Hundreds of people gathered on a long street in front of the offices of the government in Guangdong province's Boluo county, with anti-riot police standing by, three residents said.

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Related Topix: World News, China, Asia, Environment

19 hrs ago | Croydon Guardian

Mad science with Albert Einstein

Can physics ever be funny? Well, this one-man show by actor and comedian John Hinton is aiming to answer that question with an emphatic yes, writes Harvey Day . Performed as a spoof performance lecture by none other than Albert Einstein, Hinton looks to explain his most famous theory, filled with science-themed jokes and puns, to delight science and comedy fans alike.

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Related Topix: Physics

Sat Sep 13, 2014

WKOW-TV

Farmers worry good corn crop could mean low prices

Agricultural officials are projecting an 11 percent increase in the size of Wisconsin's corn harvest this year. That has farmers worried that prices will drop too low for them to make a profit.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Chippewa Falls, WI

SFGate

Scientists studying weather at apple orchards

University of New Hampshire scientists are studying weather data to predict when an apple orchard is at risk for infection. By studying the weather models, the researchers at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experimental Station have more accurately determined when fungicides should be sprayed.

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Related Topix: University of New Hampshire, Agriculture

Albany Times Union

In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo, Angie Trombley carries a crate of Islanders, purple-colored heirloom peppers, grown in a caterpillar-style greenhouse at the Squire Tarbox Farm on Westport Island, Maine.

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Related Topix: Life, Food, Slow Food, Local Food, Agriculture, us Travel, Travel

Daily Journal

Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, who told The Associated Press this week that the draft still falls short. The original bill had been panned by some environmental groups, such as Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, who assailed it as "phony reform," although the Environmental Defense Fund supported its introduction as a chance for an eventual breakthrough.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Tom Udall, Tom Udall, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, David Vitter, Republican, Barbara Boxer, Environmental Law, Law, Chemistry

Cybercast News Service

Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

In this Sept. 6, 2014 aerial photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava advances from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii.

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Related Topix: US Geological Survey, Technical Services, Geology, Volcanic Eruption, Natural Disasters, Pahoa, HI, Hawaii County, HI

Cybercast News Service

When sinkholes open, they can swallow fortunes

Solid ground isn't always a certainty. Sinkholes can lurk anywhere, beneath suburban homes, city streets or even football stadiums and museums.

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Related Topix: Geology

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Reuters

Exhibition unwraps drama of Tutankhamun's discovery

Egypt's "boy king" Tutankhamun has gripped the imagination since his tomb was discovered in 1922, and a new exhibition tells the enthralling tale of how archaeologists unearthed and recorded the contents of his 3,000-year-old resting place. "Discovering Tutankhamun", at Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum until Nov. 2, takes visitors through the drama of how Howard Carter found a step leading down into the sand in the Valley of the Kings to the opening of the tomb and the painstaking unwrapping of the king's mummified body.

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Related Topix: Travel, Egypt Travel, Middle East Travel, Archaeology, Anthropology

Basildon Recorder

Irish legislation has effectively eliminated all so-called headshops...

The UK Government should follow an Irish model of legislation in a bid to tackle legal highs, councils have said. The Local Government Association , which represents 400 councils, wants the UK to follow legislation introduced in Ireland four years ago that bans the sale of all "psychoactive" - or brain altering - drugs and then exempts some, such as alcohol and tobacco.

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Related Topix: Chemistry

Cotswold Journal

Cancer patients invited to take part in psychological survey

CANCER patients in Worcestershire, their carers and families are being asked to take part in a survey around the psychological help they are offered during their treatment Macmillan Cancer Support and Coventry has teamed up with Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust to determine how psychological treatment for cancer patients can be improved. The trust has said it is concerned some cancer patients in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Coventry may not be able to access the support they need The project is being led by consultant clinical psychologist Dr Julie Highfield, who said she hoped gaps in the service could be identified so everyone in the region could receive the same level of support.

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Related Topix: Cancer, Medicine, Health, Psychology

KFVS12

The parenting trap: Coddling anxious kids

Some parents may make things worse for their anxious kids by falling into what researchers call the "protection trap" -- reassuring them, lavishing them with attention or making the threat go away, according to the results of a small study. The finding indicates that certain coddling behaviors may actually boost anxiety, although the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids, Parenting, Psychology, Arizona State University, Boston University

KSFO-AM San Francisco

Three Infants Found Dead in 'Deplorable Conditions' in Massachusetts Home

Detectives investigating a case of reckless endangerment found three infants dead in a Massachusetts home on Thursday. According to a release from the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, investigators were forced to wear hazmat suits to enter the Blackstone home due to "deplorable conditions."

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Related Topix: Worcester County, MA, Blackstone, MA, Entomology

KLAL-FM Little Rock

Movie Review: "Dolphin Tale 2"

It was also a hit, which for Hollywood means, "Let's get that dolphin back in the water and make a sequel." Dolphin Tale 2 is "inspired" by actual events, once again involving Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail.

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Related Topix: Dolphin Tale, Marine Biology, Biology, Harry Connick Jr., Jazz

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Connecticut Post

This Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, aerial photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a smoke plume from the June 27th flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii.

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Related Topix: US Geological Survey, Technical Services, Geology, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Neil Abercrombie, Democrat, Volcanic Eruption, Natural Disasters, Pahoa, HI, Hawaii County, HI

Brandon Sun

USDA again boosts corn and soybean harvest estimates, predicts record-breaking crops

The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, US News, United States Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Government, Nebraska, Weather

Daily World

Giant dinosaur in the water: Spinosaurus

Scientific detective work spanning 100 years and three continents has revealed the first swimming dinosaur: a fish-eating beast that paddled like a duck and was bigger than a Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant dinosaur in the water: Spinosaurus! Scientific detective work spanning 100 years and three continents has revealed the first swimming dinosaur: a fish-eating beast that paddled like a duck and was bigger than a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Related Topix: Dinosaur, Paleontology, Tradewest, National Geographic, Video Games, University of Chicago

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