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Syringes of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller, sit in an inpatient facility in Salt Lake City. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid-related overdoses have contributed to the life expectancy drop in the U.S. CREDIT: RICK BOWMER/AP

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Amid ‘Disturbing’ Rise In Overdoses And Suicides

For the second time in three years, life expectancy in the U.S. has ticked downward. In three reports issued Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid out a series of statistics that revealed some troubling trend lines — including rapidly increasing rates of death from drug overdoses and suicide. Continue Reading U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Amid ‘Disturbing’ Rise In Overdoses And Suicides

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Emily Washines and Glen Hamilton met in person for the first time earlier this fall at Fort Simcoe on the Yakama Nation reservation. CREDIT: LAY CONN / KCTS-9

A Yakama Woman’s Promise To Her Elders Sheds Light On A Forgotten Northwest War

Emily Washines was 18 years old when she was crowned Miss National Congress of American Indians. Yakama tribal councilmembers and elders sung a warrior song for her and then extracted a promise. Tribal leaders had something in mind. They wanted Washines to remember a message about a little-known war that wracked the Northwest in the 1850s. Continue Reading A Yakama Woman’s Promise To Her Elders Sheds Light On A Forgotten Northwest War

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Transient whales are shown on Friday, August 10, 2018, as crews attempt to locate the JPod. (Image taken under the authority of NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit No. 18786-03) CREDIT: KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

Super Bacteria In Puget Sound Wildlife Could Endanger Humans

Last year, researchers reported finding 35 kinds of multi-drug-resistant bacteria in the exhaled breaths of killer whales off the San Juan Islands. Sewage treatment plants are usually effective at getting rid of bacteria — that’s their main purpose — but they fail to screen antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals from reaching otters or other aquatic organisms. Continue Reading Super Bacteria In Puget Sound Wildlife Could Endanger Humans

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Different apples need different controlled storage environments. For example, Honeycrisps are sensitive to low temperatures so you can't put them in cold environments right after they've been harvested. And Fujis can't take high carbon dioxide levels. CREDIT: Getty Images/Westend61

Like That Year-Round Crisp Apple? Thank A Scientist Or Warehouse Possibly In Wenatchee

In our globalized economy, we expect nothing less than to be able to consume our favorite fruits and vegetables all year, even when they’re not in season locally. Placing strawberries from Mexico in your shopping cart in February and stocking up on kiwis from Chile in July – that’s pretty much normal, even expected.
But to buy an apple in March? That’s a whole different story. Continue Reading Like That Year-Round Crisp Apple? Thank A Scientist Or Warehouse Possibly In Wenatchee

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