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‘It is raining plastic’: Scientists find colorful microplastic in rain

‘It is raining plastic’: Scientists find colorful microplastic in rain

It’s raining plastic — that’s what a survey of rainfall in Denver and Boulder, Colorado, concluded recently. The rainfall survey, titled “It is raining plastic,” was put together by scientists at the US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey. They couldn’t see the plastic with their naked eyes, but found it using a…MORE

Exposure to polluted air is like smoking a pack a day, study says

Exposure to polluted air is like smoking a pack a day, study says

Long-term exposure to air pollution, especially ground-level ozone, is like smoking about a pack of cigarettes a day for many years, a new study says, and like smoking, it can can lead to emphysema. The study, published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA, is the largest of its kind. It looked at exposure to air…MORE

Neanderthals got ‘surfer’s ear’ too, study says

Neanderthals got ‘surfer’s ear’ too, study says

When humans are habitually exposed to cold water and air, “surfer’s ear” can be one of the consequences — and apparently, the same was true of Neanderthals. But it’s less likely that they experienced bony growths in their ear canals due to surfing. The dense growths are known as external auditory exostoses. They occur more…MORE

What is Legionnaires’ disease and how many people does it affect?

What is Legionnaires’ disease and how many people does it affect?

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium, which is found in fresh water, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacteria can be found in shower heads and faucets, hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, decorative fountains or plumbing systems in large buildings. How…MORE

Israeli flight attendant dies after contracting measles

Israeli flight attendant dies after contracting measles

An Israeli flight attendant and mother of three has died of measles. Rotem Amitai, 43, died Tuesday, according to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel. Amitai had traveled from New York to Tel Aviv a few days before developing a fever in March, but it’s not clear whether she was infected on a flight, in…MORE

How the Newark water crisis unfolded

How the Newark water crisis unfolded

Residents and officials in Newark, New Jersey, are trying to determine exactly when lead began leaching into the water supply. It’s a vital question, since lead contamination in water can damage a child’s health. Even low levels of lead have been linked to serious, irreversible damage to developing brains. For this reason, experts say that…MORE