A hormone that impacts memory in rats likely does the same thing in other animals, like humans. S. Ugur Okcu/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Hormone Helps Short-Term Memories Stick Around

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Modern bedbugs are increasingly resistant to pesticides. Some populations, in fact, can survive 1,000 times the amount of pesticide that would be needed to kill a traditional bug. Orkin LLC/AP hide caption

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Bedbug Genome Reveals Pesticide Resistance

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In Highlighting Radon's Risks, Context Needed

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Doctors Monitor Rep. Giffords' Brain For Swelling

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How Neurosurgeons Size Up Brain Injuries Like Giffords'

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People with autism have impaired feelings of trust and empathy, and early studies show that the hormone oxytocin could help. Steven van Soldt/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Scientists Test 'Trust Hormone' For Autism Fight

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Fear The Prius? A Toyota Prius hybrid model car waits for customers at a Toyota dealer in Hollywood, Calif., on March 10. Concerns about the cars suddenly accelerating dogged the company earlier this year. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Year In Fear: Fright Or Fallacy?

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Residents of Times Beach, Mo., were forced to leave their town in December 1982 because the chemical dioxin was found in the soil. Thirty years later, the Environmental Protection Agency can't decide how dangerous the chemical is. Bill Pierce/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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A Chemical Conundrum: How Dangerous Is Dioxin?

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Mono Lake, Calif., is home to a bacterium discovered by NASA scientists that can eat and grow on arsenic instead of phosphorous, one of the basic building blocks of life. The finding has implications for NASA's ongoing search for signs of life elsewhere in the universe. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Find Bacterium That Survives On Arsenic

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Eggs of the parasite called the human whipworm, responsible for Trichuriasis, a disease that affects the large intestine and causes gastrointestinal problems. Drug companies are now trying to create parasites for treating inflammatory bowel disease. Public Health Image Library/CDC hide caption

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Eat Your Worms: The Upside Of Parasites

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Our brains have chemical pathways that make us feel good when we eat, and really good when we eat sweet or fatty foods with high calories. Scientists see these same chemical pathways used in cases of drug addiction. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Overeating, Like Drug Use, Rewards And Alters Brain

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Tuning In To The Brain's 'Cocktail Party Effect'

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Songbirds, like this male tricolored blackbird, develop regional accents in the same way humans do, researchers found. And, like humans, songbirds seem to respond better to accents they already know. Dave Menke/Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Unfamiliar Accents Turn Off Humans And Songbirds

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The locals of Beatty, Nev., brought back the Amargosa toad from near extinction and kept the species off the endangered species list. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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All Hopped Up: Town Unites For Toad Revival

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