Five dead from listeria linked to caramel apples

CDC tells consumers not to eat pre-packaged caramel apples.

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    EPA, citing toxic spills, moves to regulate coal ash

    EPA imposes first-ever restrictions on coal ash, citing air and water risks. Environmentalist blast rule as weak.

    Five dead from listeria linked to caramel apples

    Five dead from listeria linked to caramel apples

    CDC tells consumers not to eat pre-packaged caramel apples.

    Watch this astronaut’s-eye view of the Orion spacecraft returning to Earth

    Watch this astronaut’s-eye view of the Orion spacecraft returning to Earth

    If you watched the livestream of the test launch, you’ve already seen some amazing footage shot by the craft as it blazed through the sky. But now NASA has released the whole shebang, including video that was unavailable live.

    After a hardware failure, the Kepler spacecraft finds a second life -- and an important new exoplanet

    After a hardware failure, the Kepler spacecraft finds a second life -- and an important new exoplanet

    Kepler should have been rendered useless by a hardware failure. Instead its secondary mission, called K2, has made its first major discovery.

    Ghostly new fish discovered at record-breaking depths

    Ghostly new fish discovered at record-breaking depths

    It came from the deep. The very, very deep. Recorded during a recent exploration of the Mariana Trench (the deepest place on the planet), the strange-looking new species has set a record for fish depth.

    Hot flashes during menopause could signal hip fractures later

    Hot flashes during menopause could signal hip fractures later

    The research did not turn up a good reason for the finding, but the author believes better diagnostic technology may help.

    Watch a shoulder-level amputee control his new robot arms

    Watch a shoulder-level amputee control his new robot arms

    Les Baugh is now the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and control two robotic prosthetics at once.

    Study finds forest-cutting immediately disrupts climate

    Study finds forest-cutting immediately disrupts climate

    Flows of moisture are reduced, the report says, influencing rainfall patterns and temperatures.

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    EPA takes aim at coal ash

    EPA takes aim at coal ash

    After years of delays, the EPA is moving to regulate coal ash, the leftover waste from coal furnaces that produce electricity. Power plants produce millions of tons of the ash, which contains significant amounts of arsenic, mercury and heavy metals that can be harmful to humans and wildlife. Much of it is stored in waste ponds, some of which have ruptured or leaked contaminants. Neighbors near the Little Blue Run impoundment say toxins from the lake are contaminating the groundwater.

    Hidden hazard: Locals see risk in ‘harmless’ coal waste

    Hidden hazard: Locals see risk in ‘harmless’ coal waste

    Dam breaks and tainted wells prompt a harder look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA oversight for years.

    Do you need a hug? Yes, if you’re trying to avoid colds and flu.

    Do you need a hug? Yes, if you’re trying to avoid colds and flu.

    Hugging and support from friends can help protect against the physical vulnerability produced by stress.

    Study: Clot-grabbing devices give patients better outcomes

    Removing a clot from a blocked artery is more effective than just using drugs, data show.

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    The worst disasters of 2014

    The worst disasters of 2014

    From catastrophic flooding to the “polar vortex,” a look at some of the year’s most devastating events.

    How can 20 pro hockey players from six different teams have the mumps?

    How can 20 pro hockey players from six different teams have the mumps?

    Highly fit athletes are succumbing to a virus associated with childhood.

    Meet Derby, the dog who runs on 3-D printed legs

    Grab some tissues: An adorable dog named Derby, born with deformed front legs, has been given a set of 3-D printed prosthetics.

    The Arctic keeps warming. And polar bears are feeling the heat.

    The Arctic keeps warming. And polar bears are feeling the heat.

    A new report from NOAA underscores the impact of climate change on the Arctic region.

    Feds charge 14 in meningitis outbreak

    Feds charge 14 in meningitis outbreak

    Tainted injections from Mass. compounding pharmacy were linked to 64 deaths in 2012.

    Life would go on if all bacteria disappeared (but it would totally suck)

    Life would go on if all bacteria disappeared (but it would totally suck)

    Microbes: They’re everywhere, including inside our bodies. But are they really necessary? Not to life, scientists argue in a new paper — but certainly to life as we know it.

    Music videos: new tool to detect brain injuries

    Music videos: new tool to detect brain injuries

    Scientists are able to detect brain injuries by tracking eye movements in patients as they watch music videos or TV for less than four minutes.

    Paralyzed woman can now lift objects with her mind-controlled robotic arm

    Paralyzed woman can now lift objects with her mind-controlled robotic arm

    Jan Scheuermann has been paralyzed from the neck down for years -- but thanks to a cutting-edge robotic arm, she can move and lift things with impressive dexterity.

    Sean Parker’s $24 billion bet on an allergy cure

    Sean Parker’s $24 billion bet on an allergy cure

    Sean Parker of Napster fame funds a new institute at Stanford that aims to find a “cure” for allergies within the next few years.

    Obama bans oil drilling off southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay

    Obama bans oil drilling off southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay

    Obama preempts oil, gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, citing risk of harm to salmon fishery

    More misplaced pathogens found in government labs

    More misplaced pathogens found in government labs

    The two dozen risky microbes were found during an inventory, but officials say that no one was at risk.

    Where does the fat go when you lose it? (Hint: The fat fairy is not involved.)

    Where does the fat go when you lose it? (Hint: The fat fairy is not involved.)

    You’ll be surprised where those melted pounds end up when (if?) you can shed them.

    Recalling Asian tsunami 10 years later

    Recalling Asian tsunami 10 years later

    Smithsonian Channel documentary re-creates one of the world’s worst natural disasters.

    Curiosity readings point to mysterious, pulsing source of methane on Mars

    Curiosity readings point to mysterious, pulsing source of methane on Mars

    New results from NASA’s Curiosity rover are painting a curious picture of the planet’s methane.

    The quest for a baby and a surrogate took them to India

    The quest for a baby and a surrogate took them to India

    A couple overcomes an exhausting array of complications in their quest to have children.

    Here’s how you, too, can set a running record

    Here’s how you, too, can set a running record

    Runner’s World author has a tip: Start by reading the Guinness record book.

    Keep an eye on health premiums when turning 21

    Keep an eye on health premiums when turning 21

    You need to check your coverage options to avoid big cost increases.

    More evidence that working out helps fight Alzheimer’s Disease

    More evidence that working out helps fight Alzheimer’s Disease

    A look at biomarkers shows that working out can help stave off changes in the brain associated with the disease.

    The top 10 cutest animals in science of 2014

    The top 10 cutest animals in science of 2014

    It’s science! Very, very cute science. The scientific publishing group Nature has put together a video of the 10 cutest scientific discoveries of the year.

    Don’t bother with glucosamine/chondroitin for knee pain

    Don’t bother with glucosamine/chondroitin for knee pain

    A study shows no effect on osteoarthritis among those who took the dietary supplements.

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    Capturing images through a microscope

    Capturing images through a microscope

    The winners of this year’s Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition.

    Could a bacterial ‘fingerprint’ solve a sexual assault case?

    Could a bacterial ‘fingerprint’ solve a sexual assault case?

    A new study suggests that microbial signatures could help solve sexual assault cases. The science has a long way to go, but there’s no doubt that bacteria have a bright future in forensics.

    Tanning beds are responsible for thousands of visits to emergency rooms each year

    Tanning beds are responsible for thousands of visits to emergency rooms each year

    Skin burns, fainting, and eye injuries top the list of problems that forced tanners to seek care.

    Now’s your chance to name some space stuff (craters on Mercury, specifically)

    Now’s your chance to name some space stuff (craters on Mercury, specifically)

    NASA’s Mercury orbiter has been spotting all of the planet’s impact craters. You can help name them.

    No, carrots don’t make your eyesight better

    A new video from the American Chemical Society gets into the fascinating history of the carrot rumor: It’s actually a story of wartime espionage.

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    A day in the life of a surgery center in Bethesda

    A day in the life of a surgery center in Bethesda

    The Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center specializes in outpatient procedures and pain management.

    How safe are surgery centers?

    How safe are surgery centers?

    Joan Rivers’s death puts the world of outpatient surgery centers in the spotlight.

    3-D printers could squirt out squid-inspired plastics

    3-D printers could squirt out squid-inspired plastics

    Scientists have created new plastics using the proteins that give squid suckers their bite.