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Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest

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Research shows that 400 female blue orchard bees are as effective at pollinating almonds as the more than 10,000 bees in a honeybee hive. But they reproduce slowly and are prone to wandering.

Despite FDA Caution, Doctors Say Lasers May Help With Vaginal Pain And Dryness

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The FDA recently warned against using lasers for so-called "vaginal rejuvenation" treatments to reshape or tighten the vagina. But one kind of laser treatment might have gotten a bad rap.

French Theme Park Asks: Crows Can Pick Up Trash, Why Can't You?

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A team of six trained birds — rooks, actually — are collecting paper and cigarette stubs at the Puy du Fou park in western France. They drop the trash into a container in exchange for food.

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After 17 Days And 1,000 Miles, A Mother Orca's 'Tour Of Grief' Is Over

After carrying her calf's corpse for an unusually long time, a "remarkably frisky" Tahlequah, or J-35, as the orca's known, was seen Saturday chasing a school of salmon with fellow members of her pod.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend — Just Look Up

The shower will peak late Sunday night and early Monday morning, but you can also catch a good number of meteors in the middle of the night on Saturday. Find a dark spot and let your eyes adjust.

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Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like

Inside the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington state, acoustics experts have attempted to preserve a location free of human-made noise. They call it One Square Inch of Silence.

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Northwest Huckleberries Could Be Close To Domestication

Wild huckleberries growing across the Northwest have never been domesticated for commercial production, but new research could change that. 

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Explore One Of The World's Largest Collections Of Bird Eggs And Nests

The Western Foundation for Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, Calif., houses one of the largest collections of birds eggs and nests in the world. We meet the scientists who run the foundation.

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From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future

Egg collecting was once a popular pastime. Now, the pristine specimens in one collection are a key resource for research on a range of topics, from the climate change to changes in bird populations.

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NASA Braves The Heat To Get Up Close And Personal With Our Sun

A new NASA probe will get closer to our sun than ever before, to try to solve mysteries like why its atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface.

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Pregnancy Debate Revisited: To Induce Labor, Or Not?

Young women with simple pregnancies can safely ask a doctor to induce labor, a study finds. It doesn't increase their risk of needing a C-section after all, and can even offer potential benefits.

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The Arid West Moves East, With Big Implications For Agriculture

An imaginary map line dividing East and West illustrates a climate boundary that has influenced how and where people live and work. Its eastward shift could predict changes in farming and ranching.

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Scientists Discover The Secret Weapon Of Stomach Viruses

New research finds that stomach infections, like norovirus and rotavirus, have a special way to get to us hard — and fast. That knowledge could lead to new, more effective treatments.