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The survival chances of young orca whales are boosted by the presence of their grandmothers, especially in times of food scarcity, according to new research that offers a clue as to the evolutionary purpose of menopause.

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Almost all patients who were injured in the deadly New Zealand volcanic eruption have suffered extensive burns to their bodies and lungs, as questions mount over the circumstances surrounding the tragedy that has left at least six people dead.

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The deaths of at least five tourists in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand have raised questions over whether tour companies are taking enough precautions to keep visitors safe -- and whether tourists are aware of the risks.

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Three bouncing oil droplets showing quantum physics in action. A clown fish peering out from the tentacles of a sea anemone affected by climate change. A cone-shaped cloud looming above a hill in the Yukon, Canada. Fish skirmishing in the wetlands of Hong Kong. A rare lunar phenomenon in Belarus.

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Three men were indicted by a grand jury on capital murder charges Thursday for allegedly killing Joshua Brown, a key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, according to court documents.

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A senior North Korean official has called US President Donald Trump a "heedless and erratic old man," the latest insult in an escalating war of words between the two countries.

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Saturn's moon Enceladus is an intriguing oddity. The tiny moon, only about 300 miles across, contains a rocky core and global subsurface ocean beneath an icy shell. Scientists believe the icy water world could be another potential spot for life in our solar system.

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The man accused of brutally killing two Boston doctors in their penthouse killed one doctor in self-defense and stole from the home but did not commit murder, his attorney said in closing arguments before a jury began deliberating the case Monday.

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It's something that girls and young women in western countries can't imagine: missing school, even dropping out, because of their periods. Yet as many as half the girls in rural parts of Ethiopia miss school for reasons related to their periods -- and that can have a devastating effect on th…

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