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Naked And Unafraid: The Secret Lives Of Naked Mole Rats

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Picture a hairless, wrinkly rodent about the size of a small sweet potato--kinda cool, kinda weird. They also are extraordinarily long-lived. Researchers are lining up to study learn their secrets.

Lack Of Diversity In Genetic Databases Hampers Research

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Scientists around the world are working to correct a problem with genetic health information — too much of it is currently based on samples of Europeans.

Subtle Differences In Brain Cells Hint at Why Many Drugs Help Mice But Not People

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A detailed comparison of mouse and human brain tissue found differences that could help explain why mice aren't always a good model for human diseases.

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Many Of The West's Estuaries Have Vanished: Here's Why That Matters

More than 85% of the West Coast's estuary habitat has vanished since white settlers first arrived. What little remains is under threat from sea level rise.

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More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier

The U.S. recycling industry is facing a quandary: Too much of the plastic we use can't be recycled, and taxpayers increasingly are on the hook for paying for all that trash to hit the landfills.

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U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

China is no longer taking the world's waste. The U.S. recycling industry is overwhelmed — it can't keep up with the plastic being churned out. This doesn't bode well for our plastic waste problem.

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New Lawsuit Seeks Protection Zone For Northwest Orcas

A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest.

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Can Maternal Fluoride Consumption During Pregnancy Lower Children's Intelligence?

A Canadian study suggests that fluoride consumed by pregnant women can affect the IQ of their children. No single study provides definitive answers, but the findings will no doubt stir debate.

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Barbara King: Do Animals Grieve?

In 2018, an orca made headlines when she carried her dead calf on her back for weeks. Barbara King says this was a display of animal grief and explains how this changes our relationship with animals.

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Denise Herzing: Do Dolphins Have A Language?

We know that dolphins make distinctive clicks and whistles. But is that a language? Researcher Denise Herzing thinks it might be — and for the past 35 years — she's been working on unlocking it.

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VIDEO: Move Objects With Your Mind? We're Getting There, With The Help Of An Armband

You know "the Force" that binds all things — the one that can let your mind move objects? The latest Future You video demos an armband that allows users to control objects with thoughts.

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How Much Hotter Are The Oceans? The Answer Begins With A Bucket

Scientists need to track the history of sea temperatures precisely to model climate change. A newly discovered clue in measurements taken by sailors in the 1930s could have far-reaching implications.

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This App Aims To Save New Moms' Lives

The startup Mahmee hopes to help OB-GYNs, pediatricians and other health providers closely monitor a mother and baby's health so that any red flags can be assessed before they become life-threatening.