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CDC Trying Out Free AIDS Tests at Drugstores

Associated Press

Getting an AIDS test at the drugstore could become as common as a flu shot or blood pressure check, if a new pilot program takes off.

Learning About Life on Mars, via a Detour to a Desert in Mexico

New York Times

Studying Mars usually involves tilting one's head up toward the heavens, but not here in the Chihuahuan Desert, where the vast, scorching plain is so inhospitable — and so Mars-like — that scientists seeking insight into that distant planet look down at their feet.

Mexico Doctors Remove Child's 33-Pound Tumor

Associated Press

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 33-pound tumor from the body of a 2-year-old child who weighed only 26 pounds.

As Colorado River Dries Up, the West Feels the Pain

National Public Radio

Fifty miles south of the U.S.- Mexico border, the Colorado River Delta and its once-rich estuary wetlands - reduced by 95 percent since the river was restricted by dams - are now as parched as the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

Health Care Neglects 40 Million US Addicts

The Fix

Despite impacting millions of Americans, addiction receives a relatively measly amount of medical attention in the US, says a report released today by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Condors Plagued with Lead Poisoning from Bullets

Los Angeles Times

For years, wildlife experts have called lead from ammunition a major threat to condors. But the new research shows how dangerous the toxic metal is to the future of the species.

Humans Have Love-Hate Relationship With the Environment

Arizona State Museum

Hominid ancestors began polluting their environment nearly 700,000 years ago with the control of fire, and humans have not looked back since.

"Lonesome George" the Giant Tortoise Dies in Galapagos


"Lonesome George," the last survivor of the subspecies Chelonoidis abingdoni of the giant tortoises that gave Ecuador's Galapagos Islands their name, was found dead over the weekend in its corral.

Tropical Storm Debby Churns Across Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Debby, the fourth storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, is spinning slowly through the Gulf of Mexico, producing heavy rains and thunderstorms along the U.S. coast.

Greenpeace: From Hippies to Lobbyists

Al Jazeera World

Its epic battles are legendary. Its influence is undeniable. And it is hard to imagine that, in 1971, it took just a handful of individuals who were strongly opposed to nuclear testing to give birth to this worldwide organization. So where did it all begin?

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