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Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

Lawmakers seek reform as internal memo shows funds went to more than 2,000 people listed as dead.

Hawaii emerges as GMO battleground

Businesses object to moves made to regulate GMOs in the state, which is critical to U.S. corn-growing industry.

California farmers, cities to get more water

California farmers, cities to get more water

The Department of Water Resources said it is increasing water allotments from zero to 5 percent.

Easter delivery to space station lifts off just in time

A SpaceX rocket carries food, legs for ‘Robonaut’ and supplies for urgent repairs after a bevy of problems

Which athletes are the most fit?

Which athletes are the most fit?

It’s just about impossible to compare, but we still do

New procedure clones stem cells from adults

New procedure clones stem cells from adults

For the first time, scientists have created stem cell lines with identical DNA from two human adult males.

Checking baby poop color is important, and there’s an app for it

Hopkins physicians hope app will cut rates of devastating liver disease in newborns.

Earth-size, ‘Goldilocks’ planet in distant solar system

Earth-size, ‘Goldilocks’ planet in distant solar system

Kepler-186f, 500 light-years away, meets what researchers believe are two basic requirements for life.

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Confirmation of first potentially habitable earth-size planet

Confirmation of first potentially habitable earth-size planet

Data from the Kepler space telescope suggest that about a fifth of all sunlike stars in our galaxy are accompanied by habitable Earth-size planets. The Milky Way might be home to 25 billion rocky worlds with liquid water.

Hungry people are more aggressive with spouses, researchers say

Hungry people are more aggressive with spouses, researchers say

You lack self-control when you’re hungry and are most likely to take it out on an intimate partner.

FDA warns against common procedure to remove uterine fibroids

FDA warns against common procedure to remove uterine fibroids

The agency says the surgery risks spreading hidden cancers within a woman’s body.

Cancer-free or not, Valerie Harper has already beaten very long odds against rare cancer

Cancer-free or not, Valerie Harper has already beaten very long odds against rare cancer

Actress’s cancer usually proves fatal in three to six months.

Obama to challenge companies to boost solar power use

Obama to challenge companies to boost solar power use

Although solar power use is growing, it only makes up 1 percent of the nation’s electricity generation.

Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds

Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds

A wide variety of plant scientists embrace the cutting-edge technology of marker-assisted DNA selection.

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Monsanto’s new plant- breeding technique

Monsanto’s new plant- breeding technique

Scientists at Monsanto are using a novel technology that screens DNA to create elite crops.

Don Draper really should wear his seatbelt

Don Draper really should wear his seatbelt

The hard-living ‘Mad Men’ character could at least cut his chances of dying in a car crash

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Screening genes for better breeding

Screening genes for better breeding

Marker-assisted selection is a technique used by plant breeders to locate and assemble desirable traits — shaving years off the time needed to create a new commercial hybrid. This method works with genetic material native to a prospective plant and allows a much larger population to be screened than with conventional breeding.

CDC: Drowning deaths have declined, except among older Americans

Unintentional drowning deaths in the United States decreased 9 percent between 1999 and 2010, the CDC reports.

Federal appeals court upholds EPA mercury rules

A DC federal appeals court rejected challengers who said EPA rule was too costly and flawed.

New hopes and worries for big data and health care

As researchers embark on a project to connect 30 million patient records, questions about privacy arise.

Mass. cannot ban FDA-approved painkiller, judge rules

Federal law trumps state’s ability to prohibit approved drugs from reaching patients.

Boston remembers victims on first anniversary of marathon bombings

Boston remembers  victims on first anniversary of marathon bombings

The sense of community that has grown in the past year is celebrated.

Boston Marathon bombing: Amputee brothers traveling marathon route

Boston Marathon bombing: Amputee brothers traveling marathon route

Badly injured a year ago, they hope to walk some of the 26.2 route Tuesday

Solemn ceremony at hospital that treated Boston Marathon wounded one year ago

Solemn ceremony at hospital that treated Boston Marathon wounded one year ago

Brigham and Women’s hospital sends a message of ‘hope and healing’ on anniversary of marathon bombing.

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Lunar eclipse draws international attention

Lunar eclipse draws international attention

Tuesday’s full eclipse will be the first of four — two of them solar — for 2014.

Boston braces for anniversary of bomb attacks

Boston braces for anniversary of bomb attacks

Famed Boston Marathon will go on as the city mourns the victims of last year’s attack.

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick on aftermath of attack: ‘So much of what happened brought us together’

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick on aftermath of attack: ‘So much of what happened brought us together’

Community response has shown how closely-connected members of the region are, governor says.

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Edible insects pack in the protein

Edible insects pack in the protein

Book touts nutritional and environmental benefits of eating insects.

How eating insects can keep you, and the planet, healthy

How eating insects can keep you, and the planet, healthy

Two books offer insight into the value of eating insects. Also, recipes: Wax-worm taco, anyone?

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Fracking’s loose gas

Fracking’s loose gas

A survey over hydraulic fracturing sites in Pennsylvania revealed drilling operations releasing plumes of methane 100 to 1,000 times higher than what the EPA expects from that stage of drilling, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientists use CT scans to look inside mummy wrapping

Scientists use CT scans to look inside mummy wrapping

New technology shows skins, bones, internal organs — and even a brain scoop left behind by embalmers.

Better than butter? Spreads vie for space on morning toast.

Better than butter? Spreads vie for space on morning toast.

Foodmakers offers many choices for people concerned about caloric consumption and fat intake.

Which foods to seek for better sleep and which to avoid

Which foods to seek for better sleep and which to avoid

A look at the science behind the claims. Will tart cherries really help you get a good night’s sleep?

Prescription NSAIDs linked to atrial fibrillation in a study

Prescription NSAIDs linked to atrial fibrillation in a study

Heart problem more common among those who took prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin.

Details of abortion coverage in health plans can be murky

Details of abortion coverage in health plans can be murky

A study says consumers comparing plans often can find little information about payment for the procedure.

A former astronaut aims to create a speedier spaceship

A former astronaut aims to create a speedier spaceship

An article highlights the accomplishments — and big dreams of — Franklin Chang Diaz.

Think your brain is slowing down with age? Try this quiz.

Think your brain is slowing down with age? Try this quiz.

Merriam-Webster.com’s “Name That Thing” tests mental skills of baby boomers and others.

Ban some pain-killers? Here are 6 common opioids.

The FDA’s approval of a controversial new painkiller, Zohydro, added more fuel to a long-running fight over how to treat people with chronic pain while not exacerbating the nation’s prescription drug epidemic.

Where have all the big birds gone?

Where have all the big birds gone?

A look at a past giant — the flying reptile pterosaurs.

Marathon will provide a chance to move on

Marathon will provide a chance to move on

Region hopes to move on after a year of coping with the fallout from the attack

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