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Dog food recalled because product may contain euthanasia drug

Dog food recalled because product may contain euthanasia drug

California-based pet food maker Party Animals recently announced a voluntary recall for a couple of lots of its Cocolicious dog food after inspectors warned that it might contain pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital is a dangerous chemical that is often used to euthanize animals. This chemical has been tested positive in the 13 ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food as well as Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food.

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Cigarette tax hike takes effect in California

Cigarette tax hike takes effect in California

Cigarette smokers in California will now have to fork out more in taxes as the state’s cigarette tax hike has taken effect, causing costs to surge by $2 per pack.

Smokers in the state will now pay $2.87 in taxes for every pack of cigarettes they purchase, more than triple the 87-cent tax levied on cigarette packs before the new tax took hold on 1st of April.

Jim Knox, of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, welcomed the new tax hike, saying various studies have shown a strong correlation between higher tobacco taxes and lower rates of smoking.

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Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is testing a small robot that will likely be used to serve as a scout for Mars rovers in the future.
Origami-inspired Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) is a rugged yet portable robotic machine. It has a lightweight structure, and is capable of tucking its wheels, become flatten, and explore hard-to-reach locations.

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California may be due for another catastrophic episode soon: researchers warn

California may be due for another catastrophic episode soon: researchers warn

California has suffered dozens of massive, disastrous floods in its recorded history. In a 2013 article, climate scientists Lynn Ingram and Michael Dettinger wrote that a massive flood have swept through the Golden State nearly every 200 years in the past 2,000 years.

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Atmospheric rivers wreak havoc around the globe: research

Atmospheric rivers wreak havoc around the globe: research

Massive “atmospheric rivers” are responsible for nearly 75 per cent of all extreme winds and rainfalls on the world’s coasts, and roughly 50 per cent of the extreme wind gusts recorded in the past two decades, a new research revealed.

The strange phenomenon of atmospheric rivers can be described as narrow corridors of heavily concentrated moisture suspended in Earth’s atmosphere, which contain up to 15 times more water than the amount of water flowing through the gigantic Mississippi River.

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Ultra-rare “Ghost Shark” caught on camera for the first time

Ultra-rare “Ghost Shark” caught on camera for the first time

Marine wildlife researchers recently released video of an ultra-rare and freaky species of shark that had not previously been captured on camera.

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Video featuring killer whales vs. young sharks goes viral

Video featuring killer whales vs. young sharks goes viral

A video featuring killer whales vs. two young sharks has garnered hundreds of thousands of unique views since being posted on social media on last Tuesday.

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J&J to challenge $195M talc verdicts in appeals court

J&J to challenge $195M talc verdicts in appeals court

Insisting that its talc-based products are harmless, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has decided to challenge jury verdicts that declared the products harmful and ordered the company to compensate victims with millions of dollars.

On Oct. 27th, a California woman, who alleged that J&J’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer, won a $67.5 million jury verdict against the company. It was the third consecutive trial defeat suffered by the company in the recent past.

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San Andreas Fault’s southern section long overdue for major earthquake

San Andreas Fault’s southern section long overdue for major earthquake

The discovery of a new fault beneath the Salton Sea may change the way earthquake experts look at the southern San Andreas Fault, amid a growing potential for a major quake centered in the region.

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Endangered frog makes encouraging comeback in Yosemite

Endangered frog makes encouraging comeback in Yosemite

The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog that once reached the brink of extinction is making an encouraging comeback, raising hopes for amphibians worldwide that are dying off at an unprecedented rate.

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