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Sharks mistaking feet for fish are likely behind Long Island attacks

Sun, 2022/07/17 - 6:07pm

A shark expert said the likely culprits behind the Long Island incidents are juvenile sand tiger sharks, which may accidentally bite humans while chasing fish.

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Sen. Joe Manchin pulled the plug on major spending to address climate change

Fri, 2022/07/15 - 1:49pm

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., dashed Democrats' hopes of major climate spending in the budget reconciliation. Here's what that means for the country's ability to bring down carbon emissions.

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Biden urges Democrats to pass slim health care bill after Manchin nixes climate action

Fri, 2022/07/15 - 6:18am

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's vote is key in the evenly divided Senate, and he already rejected President Biden's larger spending package in December.

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Noah Wilson-Rich: How city habitats help honeybees to thrive

Fri, 2022/07/15 - 5:59am

On a rooftop garden in the middle of Manhattan, honeybee colonies are flourishing. Biologist Noah-Wilson Rich explains how collecting data from honeybee hives can help ensure a healthy future for all.

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A woodpecker's brain takes a big hit with every peck: study

Thu, 2022/07/14 - 12:47pm

A new study refutes the popular idea that a woodpecker's brain is cushioned from the violent impacts of pecking. It offers a different reason the birds avoid brain damage.

(Image credit: Sam Van Wassenbergh / Universiteit Antwerpen)

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Sharks are making a comeback in the waters of Long Island

Wed, 2022/07/13 - 2:00am

Shark sightings off the coast of Long Island have spiked in recent years. Researchers say many species of shark are thriving because of rebounding populations of the fish they eat and warmer water.

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Buffalo's Tops grocery will reopen Friday following the mass shooting in May

Tue, 2022/07/12 - 2:01am

The Tops Friendly Markets grocery store opened on Jefferson Avenue on the East Side of Buffalo in 2003. The newly remodeled store will reopen to the public on July 15.

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Yosemite's seqoias are being threatened by a wildfire

Tue, 2022/07/12 - 2:00am

A wildfire in Yosemite National Park is threatening a grove of some of the oldest trees in the world.

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A distillery is fighting invasive crabs by turning them into whiskey

Mon, 2022/07/11 - 2:00am

Invasive green crabs are destroying marine ecosystems in the United States. A New Hampshire distillery is making crab-flavored whiskey to take them on.

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A new NYC Met exhibit explores the complicated role water plays for indigenous groups

Mon, 2022/07/11 - 2:00am

A new exhibit at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art explores how Native Americans have used water and highlights the politicization of the resource.

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