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Monkeypox Declared a Public Health Emergency in US as Outbreak Spreads

US President Joe Biden’s government on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a move that should free up new funds, assist in data gathering, and allow the deployment of additional personnel in the fight against the disease.   The move came as nationwide cases topped 6,600, around a quarter of them from New York state, […]

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DMPS offers some retiring teachers $50,000 to stay one more year

Des Moines Public Schools is willing to pay a $50,000 bonus to teachers who planned to retire but are willing to stay one more year.The retiring teachers need to be 60 or older to be eligible and an employee for at least 15 years before retiring.Teachers will also have the option of buying into the […]

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Ancient ‘Ghost Footprints’ in Utah Are The Find of a Lifetime, Researchers Say

Archaeologists recently stumbled upon a set of mysterious ‘ghost footprints’ in the salt flats of a Utah desert. These unusual ancient tracks get their eerie name not because they are from an ethereal realm, but due to their earthly composition: They become visible only after it rains and the footprints fill with moisture and become […]

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Two Building-Size Asteroids Will Hurtle Past Earth This Weekend

Two skyscraper-size asteroids are zooming toward Earth this weekend, with one making its closest approach on Friday (29 July) and the second whizzing by on Saturday (30 July). The first asteroid, dubbed 2016 CZ31, will fly by around 7 pm ET (23:00 GMT) on Friday, whizzing at an estimated 34,560 mph (55,618 km/h, according to NASA.   […]

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Ancient ‘Canyon Diablo’ Meteorite Reveals Mysterious Diamond Crystal Structure

While studying diamonds inside an ancient meteorite, scientists have found a strange, interwoven microscopic structure that has never been seen before. The structure, an interlocking form of graphite and diamond, has unique properties that could one day be used to develop super-fast charging or new types of electronics, researchers say.    The diamond structures were […]

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Rare Pools Hidden Deep Within The Red Sea Can Be Fatal For Those Who Stray Too Close

Rare deep-sea brine pools discovered in the Red Sea may hold clues to environmental upheavals in the region that span millennia, and could even shed light on the origins of life on Earth, a new study finds.   Deep-sea brine pools are extraordinarily salty or “hypersaline” lakes that form on the seafloor. They are among […]

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A Whole Lot of Southwest Europe Is on Fire Right Now, And It’s Only Getting Hotter

Firefighters battled to contain wildfires sweeping across southwest Europe on Sunday as a heatwave showed no sign of abating, with Britain poised to set new temperature records this coming week.   Blazes raging in France, Greece, Portugal and Spain have destroyed thousands of hectares of land and forced thousands of residents and holidaymakers to flee. […]

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Man Vomits For Months After Taking Vitamin D at Almost 400x Daily Recommended Dose

Doctors have issued a warning that not only is it entirely possible to overdose on vitamin D, it’s also incredibly dangerous, after a man in the UK was hospitalized as a result of taking almost 400 times the daily recommended vitamin D.   While studies have hinted at the benefits of healthy levels of vitamin […]

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Mondeik wins $5,000

NORWAY — Gleason’s Justin Mondeik grabbed the lead on a lap 53 restart and fought off NASCAR truck champion Johnny Sauter in the waning laps to capture the 38th annual Stateline Challenge at Norway Speedway Friday night. The win was worth $5,000 and was Mondeik’s third straight Stateline victory and his fourth feature flag at […]

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Dogs Could Have Joined Humans More Than Once, Ancient Wolf DNA Has Revealed

The beloved pooch snoring on your couch or sticking a snoot under your arm at dinner time came from a much wilder origin. At some point, dogs diverged from gray wolves under the guidance of domestication, to become the diverse fuzzbutts that fill our homes and hearts with such joy today.   Exactly when and […]