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  • DES MOINES, Iowa— To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said Monday it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm. The Department of Animal Science is minimizing traffic to the poultry farm on 11 acres 3 miles south of the main Iowa State campus in Ames amid...

  • Imagine getting a flu vaccine pill, in the mail Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 8:35 PM ET
    Flu vaccine

    A series of new studies out this week shows solid progress toward a flu vaccine in a pill and a so-called universal flu vaccine. NBC News reports.

  • These behaviors could up your risk of Alzheimer's Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    There are a number of diet and lifestyle choices that accompany Alzheimer's risk, according to a new study.

  • Early-stage breast cancer may not require surgery Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 12:48 PM ET
    Therese Taylor, who had a mastectomy four years ago after a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ, which she now believes it was unnecessary, at home in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 19, 2015.

    Patients with early-stage breast cancer may not require a lumpectomy or a mastectomy so early on, reports The New York Times.

  • July was Earth's hottest month on record Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    Children cool off as they play under a fountain on July 21, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

    July's average temperature was 61.86 degrees, beating the previous global mark set in 1998 and 2010 by about one-seventh of a degree.

  • Why drought-struck California is demolishing a dam Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Workmen stand at the base of the largest dam removal in California history: workers tearing down the San Clemente Dam in Monterey County.

    With California mired in drought, it might seem odd there's a dam demolition underway.

  • Could China’s CO2 emissions be less than we thought? Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 1:55 AM ET
    A cyclist wearing mask rides along a road in Nanjing, China.

    Scientists may have been overestimating China’s emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 10 percent, the New York Times reports.

  • China air pollution far worse than thought: Study Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 1:54 PM ET
    A couple wear face masks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

    Chinese pollution has become such a problem that it has actually become an unexpected moneymaker for some large companies.

  • Now you can speak like Stephen Hawking: Here's how Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 12:45 PM ET
    Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

    Now Intel is making Stephen Hawking's voice progam available to the public for free. NBC News reports.

  • This drink bought an ad on the surface of the moon Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 10:17 AM ET
    A Japanese drink company plans to put a can of Polcari Sweat on the moon.

    A Japanese sports drink will be the first product advertised on the surface of the moon. GlobalPost reports.

  • Muslim scholars call for climate action Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 9:33 AM ET

    The move comes two months after Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change and other environmental issues and ahead of a key U.N. climate conference in Paris in December, where world leaders are supposed to adopt a landmark agreement to fight climate change. About 60 delegates adopted the declaration at the end of the seminar, including leading clerics from...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration's approval of drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean clashes with the message President Barack Obama will deliver when he visits Alaska to emphasize the dangers of climate change, some environmental groups say. "It sends a terrible signal to the rest of the world for the United States to be using public resources to promote...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The federal government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit brought by New Jersey environmental officials against a research project that blasts the ocean floor with sound waves, mainly because the project is already finished. The U.S. Justice Department wants a federal judge to dismiss the suit brought by the New Jersey Department of...

  • Bird flu to human jump a 'concern': CDC official Sunday, 16 Aug 2015 | 8:20 AM ET
    Chickens gather around a feeder at a farm in Osage, Iowa.

    The head of the Centers for Disease Control's Influenza Division says the agency is "concerned" that the bird flu virus may mutate.

  • The universe is dying—but you shouldn't panic yet Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Big Bang Theory

    A new study confirmed something researchers have suspected for decades: The stars that populate our universe are burning themselves out.

  • Coming to America: Chinese pollution Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 3:25 PM ET
    A thermal power plant discharging heavy smog into the air in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province.

    Drifting pollution has helped erase gains from stricter U.S. emissions rules. Reducing pollution may be an international problem.

  • 'Shade balls' are invading LA. We can explain Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Over 90 million plastic balls cover the Los Angeles reservoir in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 2015.

    'Shade balls' have been dumped into Los Angeles reservoirs to protect the region's water supply from contaminants and from evaporation.

  • Breast health stock on a tear Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 8:20 AM ET
    Breast health stock on a tear

    Medical diagnostics company Hologic CFO Robert McMahon, discusses growth opportunities underway, including in its mammogram technology.

  • The oil dispersant, Corexit EC9500A, was deployed during the deadly Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had concluded in a June 2010 report that Corexit 9500 A was "slightly toxic" to mysid shrimp found in the Gulf of Mexico. Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq proposed in July that energy...

  • Coca-Cola funds scientists who shift obesity blame Monday, 10 Aug 2015 | 7:47 AM ET
    A store owner stocks soft drinks in a shop in Miami Florida.

    Coca-Cola is backing a new "science-based" solution to obesity: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.