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Pill Expiration Dates Can Have Wiggle Room If Stored Right

Pill Expiration Dates Can Have Wiggle Room If Stored Right

| By Linda A. Johnson | May 6
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises against using expired drugs, warning they may not work as intended or may be harmful, especially for people with serious ailments. Yet many people, including doctors, use medicines well after expiration.

Hawking's Last Physics Paper Argues for a 'Simpler' Cosmos

Hawking's Last Physics Paper Argues for a 'Simpler' Cosmos

| By Malcolm Ritter | May 6
Weeks after his death, physicist Stephen Hawking has delivered his last thoughts about the nature of the cosmos, and he says it may be simpler than often believed.

Wood Frogs' No. 1 Option: Hold in Pee All Winter to Survive

Wood Frogs' No. 1 Option: Hold in Pee All Winter to Survive

| By Seth Borenstein | May 5
In Alaska, wood frogs go eight months without peeing. And scientists have now figured out how they do it, or more accurately, how they survive without doing it.

U.S. Seeking 1 Million for Massive Study of DNA, Health Habits

U.S. Seeking 1 Million for Massive Study of DNA, Health Habits

| By Lauran Neergaard | May 4
Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for science.

Iowa Lawmakers Send 6-Week Abortion Ban to Governor

Iowa Lawmakers Send 6-Week Abortion Ban to Governor

| By Barbara Rodriguez and Scott Stewart | May 3
Critics say the so-called "heartbeat" bill, which now awaits the signature of anti-abortion GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds, would ban abortions before some women even know they're pregnant.

NASA Sending Robotic Geologist to Mars to Dig Super Deep

NASA Sending Robotic Geologist to Mars to Dig Super Deep

| By Marcia Dunn | May 2
Six years after last landing on Mars, NASA is sending a robotic geologist to dig deeper than ever before to take the planet's temperature.

AP Explains: A Look At DNA-Sharing Services and Privacy

AP Explains: A Look At DNA-Sharing Services and Privacy

| By Matt O'Brien and Malcolm Ritter | May 2
The use of a genealogy website to track down a suspected California serial killer illustrates both the extraordinary power of DNA-sharing services and the broad privacy concerns that surround the fast-growing commercial market for genetic analysis.

Portable Test Helps Identify Refugees at Risk of Outbreaks

Portable Test Helps Identify Refugees at Risk of Outbreaks

| By Lauren Neergaard | Apr 30
Call it a lab in a box: Researchers created a device about the size of a toaster that can test a drop of blood to tell, in about half an hour, who's immune to certain infections and who's not.

EU Moves to Full Ban on Pesticides that Harm Bees

EU Moves to Full Ban on Pesticides that Harm Bees

| By Raf Casert | Apr 29
The European Union made a key breakthrough on Friday to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination.

Study: California Gun Deaths Declined Between 2000 and 2015

Study: California Gun Deaths Declined Between 2000 and 2015

| By Paul Elias | Apr 28
Gun deaths have fallen in California over a 16-year period ending in 2015, driven largely by a decline in gang violence and falling homicide rates among black and Hispanic male victims, a recent study of firearm violence has found.

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