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Hurricane Franklin, First Of Atlantic Season, Barrels Toward Mexico’s Coast

Enlarge this image Fishermen move their boats, normally moored in the Gulf of Mexico, onto a coastal road to protect them ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Franklin, in the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, on Wednesday. Felix Marquez/AP hide caption toggle caption Felix Marquez/AP Franklin, the fifth tropical storm to form in the Atlantic so far this year, has intensified into the first hurricane of the season as it prepares to make landfall on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. The storm, with winds of about 85 mph, was moving west…

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47 Hospitals Slashed Their Use Of Two Key Heart Drugs After Huge Price Hikes

Enlarge this image Valeant Pharmaceuticals, based in Bridgewater Township, N.J., bought two specialty heart drugs used in emergency treatment from Marathon Pharmaceuticals in 2015, and then dramatically increased each drug’s price. Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images Even before media reports and a congressional hearing vilified Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for raising prices on a pair of lifesaving heart drugs, Dr. Umesh Khot knew something was very wrong. Khot is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, which prides itself on its outstanding heart…

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Belgian And Dutch Officials Point Fingers Amid Egg Contamination Scare

Enlarge this image Eggs are being progressively reintroduced in Dutch markets, including this one in Alkmaar, after a contamination scare prompted supermarkets in several European countries to pull their supplies of eggs. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John Thys/AFP/Getty Images One thing, at least, is not in dispute: Supermarkets in several countries across Europe have pulled eggs from their shelves for fear they were contaminated with Fipronil, an insecticide that’s typically used to kill lice and ticks — and that has the potential to harm humans. The contamination…

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Some Tuna Can Carry Up 36 Times The Toxins of Others. Here’s Why

Enlarge this image When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught matters. Tigeryan/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Tigeryan/Getty Images/iStockphoto A new study may prompt hand wringing among you tuna poke and sushi lovers. When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught matters. In a first-of-its-kind global study, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego analyzed 117 yellowfin tuna taken from 12 locations worldwide, measuring the contaminant levels of each. They found…

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GitHub’s Atom editor gets a speed boost

GitHub has just released an upgrade to its “hackable” Atom text editor, adding a native C++ buffer and rewriting the DOM interaction layer. The company also has offered a glimpse of the next version, which will improve Git integration and PHP support. With this week’s Atom 1.19 release, a native C++ text buffer boosts responsiveness and memory usage. “Saving a file now happens asynchronously without blocking the UI, so that you can move smoothly from one task to the next,” GitHub’s Ian Olsen said. Also, large files now consume less…

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Perseid Meteor Shower Falls Victim To Fake News. Sad!

Enlarge this image In a 30-second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower last year in Spruce Knob, W. Va. Bill Ingalls/AP hide caption toggle caption Bill Ingalls/AP When it comes to astronomical events, this year’s annual Perseid meteor shower is in serious danger of being, shall we say, eclipsed. But that hasn’t kept it from becoming yet another casualty of fake news. Fueled by false Internet memes and sites such as Physics Astronomy (headlines include “Quantum Consciousness: The Universe May Be One Entity…

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This Could Be The Biggest Dinosaur Ever Found — And It’s Finally Got A Name

Many believe this dinosaur is the largest ever to walk the earth. It would have weighed more than 10 African elephants put together and had a thighbone taller than the man who helped dig it up. And, fair warning, it stands at such a remarkable height, it might take a little scrolling to get through its portrait. But for years, there’s one thing the big guy hasn’t had: a proper scientific name. Enlarge this image The massive dinosaur stands on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New…

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Earliest-Known Winged Mammal Relatives Discovered In China

Enlarge this image An artist’s rendition of Maiopatagium in Jurassic forest. (Reconstruction by April I. Neander/UChicago). hide caption toggle caption (Reconstruction by April I. Neander/UChicago). When you think about the Jurassic Period, you probably think of massive, lumbering dinosaurs. But now scientists say there were also gliders — early relatives of mammals, akin to today’s flying squirrels – whizzing through the trees. Fossils of two glider species, found in the Tiaojishan Formation in northeastern China, are particularly well-preserved, so the impressions left of skin membranes and hairs immediately show they…

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