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Mixed news on life expectancy

August 27, 2015
A retired couple take in the ocean during a visit to the beach in La Jolla, California January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A retired couple take in the ocean during a visit to La Jolla, California January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A stinky problem

August 25, 2015
A car drives past burning garbage set on fire by residents, in Baabda near Beirut, Lebanon August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A car drives past burning garbage set on fire by residents, in Baabda near Beirut, Lebanon August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

The tortoise and the drone

August 21, 2015
Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Slow and steady may win the race — but if you want to stop egg poaching, you’ll need a drone.

Maybe take the bus instead

August 20, 2015
An Uber car is seen parked with the driver's lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An Uber car is seen parked with the driver’s lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The weather up there

August 19, 2015
Tropical Storm Bill in the Gulf of Mexico is seen approaching the coast of Texas June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Kelly/NASA/Handout

Tropical Storm Bill in the Gulf of Mexico is seen approaching the coast of Texas June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Kelly/NASA/Handout

Surf’s up – and full of sharks

August 18, 2015

  We're gonna need a bigger surfboard. REUTERS/David Gray

We’re gonna need a bigger surfboard. REUTERS/David Gray

 

Just when you thought it was safe…

Some of Australia’s top beaches are growing deserted this year, as even seasoned surfers abandon the famed waters of Bondi Beach. The reason, if you haven’t already guessed from the gratuitous “Jaws” references, is an influx of sharks. So far 11 shark attacks have been recorded this year in New South Wales, located in eastern Australia (just three attacks occurred in the entirety of 2014).

Eye on Iowa

August 17, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad eat pork chops at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad eat pork chops at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Let’s build a better mousetrap

August 14, 2015
A hyper-intelligent mouse would never allow this to happen. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

A hyper-intelligent mouse would never allow this to happen. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

New Jersey is overrun with bears

August 12, 2015
Did not vote for Christie.

Did not vote for Christie.

Welcome to the great wilds of… New Jersey?

The most densely populated state has a problem on its hands: black bears – too many of them, to be precise. The Garden State has decided to expand legal hunting days in order to take down the alleged horde of bears, which apparently threaten its key industries of biopharmaceuticals, petroleum refining and Bruce Springsteen.

Think of the frogs

By Arlene Getz
August 11, 2015

  An Atelopus elegans tadpole  at the Jambatu Center for Research and Conservation of Amphibians

An Atelopus elegans tadpole at the Jambatu Center for Research and Conservation of Amphibians in Quito, Ecuador, October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja