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1:05pm

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Budget Deficit Hit $1.1 Trillion In July

The U.S. budget deficit stood at $1.1 trillion through July, the Treasury Department says, making 2011 the third consecutive year that the deficit has hit at least $1 trillion. The federal government's budget year begins in October, leaving two more months in which the deficit might rise.

Looking at the numbers for July alone, the U.S. budget shortfall was $129 billion — a drop in spending from July 2010, according to Bloomberg.

As the AP reports:

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1:00pm

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Why Are Spanish Mice Resistant To A Common Poison?

A mouse runs onto the pitch during the English Premier League football match. The hybrid, poison resistant mouse hasn't reached England, so this is one probably has its DNA intact.
Andrew Yates AFP/Getty Images

Here's a piece of biology news that escaped us, last month, but was brought to our attention by a story in the BBC today: Biologist have found the reason house mice in Spain and Germany have grown immune to warfarin, a commonly used poison.

The idea of a poison-resistant mouse is a bit unsettling, but how it came to be is fascinating tale of cross-species sex. The BBC reports:

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12:26pm

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Stay On Target: NASA's Rover Reaches Huge Crater On Mars

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A portion of the west rim of Endeavour crater sweeps southward in this view from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA adjusted the colors in this image. Fans of the film Capricorn One may want to see the original orange-tinted image.
NASA

You may not have realized it, but a piece of U.S. property was recently driving around on the surface of Mars. Tens of millions of miles away from the debt crisis, the heat wave and other big events of the summer, NASA's rover Opportunity just completed a 13-mile trip to allow scientists to examine a Martian crater.

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12:02pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Organic Poultry Farms Have Fewer Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Finds

Proponents of organic meat often make the case that it's inherently better for people's health and the environment than meat raised by conventional farming methods. But the actual impacts of organic production can be tough for scientists to prove.

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11:45am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Man On 41-Day Hunger Strike Asks For Meeting With Georgia's Governor

Salvador Zamora.
Cobb Immigrant Alliance

Salvador Zamora's hunger strike began the day Georgia's immigration law went into effect. Yesterday, on the 40th day of his strike, Zamora, pushed in a wheelchair by a cadre of fellow activists, delivered a letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office.

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