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fracked well

PUMP DOWN  Hydraulic fracturing operations pump a mix of water, sand and other materials into the ground to ease the retrieval of oil and gas from the rock layers. New research is looking into the link between fracking and earthquakes.  

worker honeybee

BEE COLD CASE  Just what caused sudden disappearances of honeybees (a worker bee shown) about a decade ago is still a matter of scientific debate.

sparrow

ABOUT THAT LIGHT Another reason for caution in lighting up the night comes from a study of house sparrow difficulties in fighting off West Nile virus, which mosquitoes biting the birds can then spread to people.

mouse nerve cells

COMING INTO THEIR OWN  Mouse nerve cells (red) grown in a dish each sport a hairlike filament called a primary cilium (green), which may have many roles in the brain. 



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