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How does childhood obesity work?

First Lady Michelle Obama recently unveiled a 70-point plan for reducing childhood obesity within a generation. What causes childhood obesity in the first place, and how can you tell if a child is at risk?

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First-time Homebuying 101

According to the National Association of Realtors, median home prices rose in nearly 60 percent of U.S. cities during the first quarter of 2010, a sign that the housing market may be improving. What do you need to know about buying your first home?

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5 Most Destructive Storms

Several tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma and Kansas on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens, as well as causing severe damage to homes. How do they compare to some of the most destructive storms of all time?

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How Unemployment Works

New data from the Department of Labor show that the U.S. economy added 290,000 jobs in April, but the jobless rate also rose to 9.9 percent -- a sign that more people may be looking for work. What steps must a person take to collect unemployment benefits?

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Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Home

Since the federal homebuyer tax credit program expired, a couple of U.S. real estate firms and the state of California have launched similar programs to keep the sales momentum going. What do first-time buyers need to know before taking the plunge?

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How Global Warming Works

At a climate meeting co-hosted by Germany and Mexico this week, 40 nations agreed to take individual steps toward fighting global warming. Is it possible to stop global warming completely?

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How do you clean up an oil spill?

An enormous concrete-and-steel box specially designed to siphon oil will be BP's short-term solution for controlling a disastrous oil spill along the U.S. Gulf Coast. What methods can workers use to clean water that's already affected?

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5 Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

Pending sales of previously owned U.S. homes hit a five-month high in March, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors. If you're thinking of buying or selling a home, how can you make sure you choose the right real estate agent?

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How long can you survive adrift in the ocean?

On Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people off the New Hampshire coast after their boat cracked and began taking on water. If you have to abandon ship, how long can you expect to survive adrift at sea?

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Top 5 Tanning Myths

Recent studies indicate that people can actually get addicted to the warm glow of the tanning bed. Are tanning beds more or less safe than the sun? Before you risk your hide for a bronze glow, see what you know about tanning.

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How Facebook Works

Now that Facebook is sharing users' personal data with Web sites like Pandora and Yelp, four Democratic senators have asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg to alter the site's privacy policy so users will have to opt in -- not out -- to reveal their information.

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How Stem Cells Work

Costa Rica's Health Ministry has ordered the country's largest stem cell clinic to stop performing its treatments, saying there's no proof of their effectiveness. Why have stem cell research and treatments always been so controversial?

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How Floods Work

Heavy rain in northeastern Brazil led to floods that have left at least 100,000 people homeless and another 1,000 people unaccounted for. What factors help to determine how severe a flood will be?

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How Earthquakes Work

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook Alaska's Aleutian Islands region last weekend, and a series of strong aftershocks followed. What are aftershocks, and why are they sometimes easier to predict than an earthquake?

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How the Great Barrier Reef Works

Last week, researchers reported discovering prehistoric sea life and some unidentified fish species about 4,593 feet (1,400 meters) below Australia's Great Barrier Reef. What other types of marine life call this area home?

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Top 5 Most Poisonous Plants

After a five-year study, Chinese researchers now believe that a particular mushroom may cause Yunnan sudden death syndrome, a condition that's caused about 400 deaths over the past 30 years. What other plants can cause people harm?

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5 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

A new study published in BMJ shows a link between having human papillomavirus (HPV) and a higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer. What are some things you can do to keep skin cancer at bay?

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What if I looked straight at an eclipse of the sun?

On Sunday, a total eclipse of the sun created a 6,800-mile (11,000-kilometer) arc over the Pacific that drew the attention of thousands of stargazers. But is it safe to stare directly at a solar eclipse?

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