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Salmonella alert: Don't eat pistachios

Oh nuts! Just when you thought it was safe to eat peanut butter again (the stuff in jars is fine but be wary of baked goods that contain it), the feds are warning consumers to avoid pistachios.

March 31, 2009 — Lisa Stein

On board a newly renovated research ship

Editor's Note: Peggy Delaney is sailing on a newly refurbished research vessel, the JOIDES Resolution, that left Honolulu on March 10 with an international group of researchers on board.

March 31, 2009 — Peggy Delaney

Massive lions prowled North America not so long ago

Large lions roamed North America and Europe as recently as 13,000 years ago, according to a new study published in Molecular Ecology . "These ancient lions were like a super-sized version of today's lions, up to 25 percent bigger," study co-author Ross Barnett, a researcher at the Ancient Biomolecules Centre at the University of Oxford's department of zoology, said in a statement.

March 30, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Earthquake shakes the San Francisco Bay Area

An earthquake rattled northern California at 10:40 A.M. (Pacific Daylight Time) today, centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) north of the city of Morgan Hill and 16 miles (25 kilometers) east by southeast of San Jose.

March 30, 2009 — John Matson

North Korean rocket seen in satellite photo, group says

A nonprofit that studies science and international security says a satellite photo shows a North Korean rocket on a launch pad. North Korea has said it plans to send a commercial satellite into space next month that will be strapped to a rocket—but neighboring countries believe the real plan is to test the country's long-range missile technology, the Associated Press reports.

March 30, 2009 — Jordan Lite

What are video games good for? Possibly improving eyesight

People who have difficulty seeing traffic lights or cars at night,  facial gestures, or when a flame is burning on a stove often suffer from poor contrast sensitivity, a condition thought to be correctable, if at all, only by eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

March 29, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Space shuttle lands safely in Florida

Space shuttle Discovery touched down safely at 3:14 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Time) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing its 13-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

March 28, 2009 — John Matson

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