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The End May Be Nearer: Doomsday Clock Moves Within 100 Seconds Of Midnight


The two-minute warning that had held over the past two years has now shrunk to 100 seconds before midnight on the Doomsday Clock set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

How Much Should The Public Be Told About Research Into Risky Viruses?


The U. S. government this week is pondering how much the public needs to be told about funding decisions for lab research that could make risky viruses even worse.

Ready For Meat Grown From Animal Cells? A Startup Plans A Pilot Facility


Memphis Meats, a start-up company that has just raised $161 million, says it has a "clear path" to bringing cell-based meats to market. Yet the company and its competitors face challenges.

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CDC To Screen For New Strain Of Coronavirus At 3 U.S. Airports

The new strain of coronavirus is from the same family as SARS, but doesn't appear to spread easily between people.

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Kids' Climate Case 'Reluctantly' Dismissed By Appeals Court

The court said the nearly two dozen young people who were trying to force action by the government on climate change did not have standing to sue. The judges said climate change is a political issue.

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More Data On The Midlife Crisis

An economist uses a broad range of data from 132 countries to understand why middle age is such a drag.

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Patients Still Struggle To Balance High Costs Of MS Treatment, Despite Generic

Drugs to treat multiple sclerosis can run $70,000 a year or more. Patients hoped competition from a generic version of one of the most popular brands would spur relief, but prices went up. Here's why.

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Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth

Forty mice spent more than a month in orbit to test two approaches to strengthening muscle and bone in microgravity conditions. The results could help people with muscle and bone diseases.

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'PigeonBot' Brings Robots Closer To Birdlike Flight

Birds change the shape of their wings far more than planes. The complexities of bird flight have posed a major design challenge for scientists trying to translate the way birds fly into robots.

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Fetching With Wolves: What It Means That A Wolf Puppy Will Retrieve A Ball

Some wolf puppies will unexpectedly play "fetch," researchers say, showing that an urge to retrieve a ball might be an ancient wolf trait, and not a result of dog domestication.

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Embryo Research To Reduce Need For In Vitro Fertilization Raises Ethical Concerns

Aiming to find a cheaper, easier way than IVF to ensure human embryos are healthy before implantation, researchers paid women to be inseminated, then flushed the embryos from their wombs for analysis.


How Puberty, Pregnancy And Perimenopause Impact Women's Mental Health

NPR's Morning Edition explores the key reproductive shifts in women's lives — puberty, pregnancy and perimenopause — and how the changes during those times could impact mental and emotional health.

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Oregon DEQ Data Shows Pollution From Woodstoves Is On A Wildfire’s Scale

New data from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality shows woodstoves and chimneys emit particulate pollution at levels similar to a wildfire.