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Ohio overhauled its procedure after a failed execution attempt had to be halted in September. Executioners tried for hours to find a usable vein for injection, hitting bone and muscle in as many as 18 tries. The new regimen uses a single drug rather than three in combination, with a back-up plan should that fail. If the new injection doesn't work, executioners can inject drugs directly into muscles instead of veins.


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A bird-like dinosaur that prowled an ancient forest 125 million years ago used venom to subdue its prey.


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More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found.


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Up to 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking water in recent decades, according to a Lancet study.


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The body of a 16th Century Danish astronomer is being exhumed in Prague to confirm the cause of his death.


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Mercury affects the behaviour of white ibises by "turning them homosexual", with higher doses resulting in males being more likely to pair with males.


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