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Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food....

Geologists say N. Korea's nuclear test site likely collapsed

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BEIJING (AP) -- Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea's main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation....

Scientists find lots of gorillas in census, also see decline
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought....





Portable test helps identify refugees at risk of outbreaks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it a lab in a box: Researchers created a device about the size of a toaster that can test a drop of blood to tell, in about half an hour, who's immune to certain infections and who's not....

US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste is supposed to be treated in the future continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility, U.S. investigators have said....

European Space Agency satellite rides to orbit from Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian rocket has carried into orbit a satellite that is part of the European Space Agency's earth observation program....

Museum realizes collection's rare elephant bird egg is real
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Buffalo museum has made a rare discovery within its own collection: a fully intact egg from the extinct elephant bird that until now, was thought to be fake....

Scientists release most detailed star chart of the Milky Way
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Space Agency released the most accurate census yet of stars in the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies Wednesday, providing astronomers with a wealth of new data for further research....

Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting 'baby boom'
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates....

Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Construction workers in Iran may have unearthed the mummified remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the father of the country's last monarch, nearly four decades after the Islamic Revolution toppled the dynasty....