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Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women

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To protect a developing fetus from experimental drugs or treatments that might cause birth defects, pregnant women aren't included in many clinical trials. But that limits the safety evidence, too.

Dueling U.S. Agendas As U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week

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The U.S. hosted an event on coal and refused to endorse the findings of a dire climate science report. And yet, in official negotiations, the U.S. is working out how to implement the Paris agreement.

Voyager 2 Bids Adieu To The Heliosphere, Entering Interstellar Space

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The milestone makes the 41-year-old NASA probe just the second human-made object, after Voyager 1, to reach such distant regions. Now, Voyager 2 is over 11 billion miles from the sun — and counting.

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'We're Fighting For Our Lives': Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices

The price of insulin keeps going up. For people with Type 1 diabetes, high prices can be a life and death issue. Now a grassroots movement is pushing for change.

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How 1 Company Pulls Carbon From The Air, Aiming To Avert A Climate Catastrophe

A U.N. climate report says the only way to avoid the worst climate impacts will be to suck carbon emissions out of the air. Researchers are trying to find a feasible way to do that.

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China Launches Probe Bound For A Historic Exploration Of The Far Side Of The Moon

Others have explored the far side of the moon from afar, but Chinese researchers are hoping a soft landing on the dark side of the lunar surface will allow for more detailed study.

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World's First Insect Vaccine Could Help Bees Fight Off Deadly Disease

American foulbrood is an infectious disease that devastates honeybee hives. Scientists say they've created a vaccine for it, despite a big hurdle: Bees don't have antibodies.

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Outrage Intensifies Over Claims Of Gene-Edited Babies

Concerns over a Chinese scientist's claim that he created the first gene-edited babies grow with more questions about whether it worked and the possible harm he may have inflicted on the twin girls.

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Kate Orff: How Can Oysters Revive New York City's Waterways?

Oysters filter water, their shells form protective reefs and habitats, and regenerate into more oyster shells. Kate Orff uses oysters to revive depleted ecosystems — like those around New York City.

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Thanks To Science, You Can Eat An Apple Every Day

After harvest, apples can be stored for months in controlled atmosphere storage rooms where the temperature, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and humidity levels are adjusted to put them into hibernation.

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again. What Now, Climate?

The fortuitous dip in emissions of the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, during the past three years is over, as economies turn up. The trend in the near future looks grim, say climate scientists.

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Christmas Dinner Rocketed To International Space Station

A cargo that included 5,600 pounds of supplies, science experiments and holiday dinner treats for the crew was launched on Wednesday.

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Infections May Raise The Risk Of Mental Illness In Children

A large study of Danish kids finds that childhood infections are linked with a higher risk of developing some mental illnesses. The risk is highest in the months immediately following the infection.