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Have you ever heard the expression “canary in a coal mine?” Although we no longer use canaries, we have adapted this system of examining animals in order to detect the presence of pollutants in our environment.

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Coral reefs are natural tourist attractions found in some of the most beautiful vacation spots on Earth. However, these reefs offer much greater benefit than simply their tourism value.

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Several farmers in China recently discovered a mystery in their watermelon fields.  It looked like someone had planted dynamite among their crops: thousands of watermelons were destroyed before they could be harvested, burst wide open.

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What if instead of oats and marshmallows in your cereal bowl you woke upone morning to find tiny bits of plastic floating in your milk? This is  what's happening to the creatures living in the Garbage Patch.

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Yes! Timothy Ray Brown is cured of the human immunodeficiency virus, more commonly known as HIV. This is the first and only reported case in medical history where someone has been cured of this retrovirus.

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Biodiversity is a hot topic in conversations about conservation (say that three times fast!). But why?

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Barcodes are used to identify all sorts of things, from bottles of shampoo to hockey pucks to polar bears. Wait a minute—polar bears?

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Dinosaurs are not extinct!  Well, not technically anyway.  Some people would argue that birds are “new-school” dinosaurs. 

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These days, it seems you can’t swing a cricket bat without hitting a zombie reference in the media. Zombies are in the theatres, on prime-time TV, and even invading our classic literature!

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As far as vacation souvenirs go, bed bugs suck — literally. Infestations of these blood-sucking insects are on the rise, and they can easily hitch a ride home in your luggage. Here’s a crash course in bed bug biology and some tips.

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