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The Call-In: Physician-Assisted Dying

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 7:14am

It's been a year since California passed its right-to-die law. JoNel Aleccia of Kaiser Health News discusses the change and Lisa Crawford talks about her family's experience.

Young Black Girls Face 'Adultification'

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 7:14am

A new study shows that black girls are viewed as less innocent and in need of less protection than white girls. A Martinez speaks to two authors of the study: Rebecca Epstein and Dr. Jamilia Blake.

While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 7:09am

It's the world's biggest coral reef system, home to some 400 types of coral. In the past 18 months, rising ocean temperatures helped cause the single greatest loss of coral ever recorded there.

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'G19' Nations Affirm Climate Plan, Acknowledging U.S. Withdrawal

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 12:30pm

Noting President Trump's stance, a declaration states, "The leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible."

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Biologists Divided Over How To Save Endangered Pangolin

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 7:05am

The pangolin is a small armadillo-like creature. It's in great demand for its meat and scales, and it's in danger of extinction. Biologists can't agree on whether zoos should play a role in saving it.

Florida Swaps Out Septic Tanks For Sewers To Fight Coastal Pollution

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 3:31pm

Septic tanks, long considered safe and effective, are increasingly seen as a major contributor to coastal pollution. Florida is now starting the costly job of switching hundreds of thousands of homeowners from septic to sewer.

Who Gets To Fish For Red Snapper In The Gulf? It's All Politics

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:22am

The fish were nearly wiped out from the Gulf 20 or 30 years ago, so the catch is closely regulated. A Trump administration deal to extend the recreational season has prompted cheers – and concerns.

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Georgia OB-GYN Will Lead Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:53am

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who leads the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been appointed CDC director. She'll take over as the Trump administration seeks big cuts to the CDC's budget.

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To Prepare For Mars Settlement, Simulated Missions Explore Utah's Desert

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:41am

NASA plans to send people to the Red Planet in the 2030s. In the meantime, a remote location in southern Utah serves as a non-NASA training ground for the Mars-minded.

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Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:13am

The earthquake was the strongest to hit western Montana in years; it was followed by at least 10 measurable temblors with magnitudes of up to 4.9.

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Physics For Toddlers

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

There's a dearth of books about science and math for young children. As part of our series on kids' media we take a look at some books that introduce rocket science and physics to toddlers and babies.

Damage From Wayward Weedkiller Keeps Growing

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

As many as 2 million acres of soybeans may have been harmed by a popular weedkiller drifting into neighboring fields. Arkansas' proposed ban on the herbicide, dicamba, is awaiting final approval.

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Something New For Baby To Chew On: Rocket Science And Quantum Physics

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

Chris Ferrie's board books introduce subjects like Rocket Science, Quantum Physics and General Relativity to toddlers and babies. What can parents do to make the concepts resonate?

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Physics For Toddlers

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

There's a dearth of books about science and math for young children. As part of our series on kids' media we take a look at some books that introduce rocket science and physics to toddlers and babies.

Top Performers Risk Being Undermined By Peers, Studies Shows

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:19pm

Studies highlighted in Scientific American indicate a propensity for less-well-performing employees to take aim at the efforts of their star coworkers.

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Aztec 'Tower Of Skulls' Reveals Women, Children Were Sacrificed

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:45am

Some 650 skulls unearthed in Mexico City are believed to be the legendary Huey Tzompantli, a site for victims of human sacrifice first mentioned by Spanish conquistadors.

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Appeals Court Says EPA Can't Keep Delaying Obama-Era Methane Rules

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 1:55pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. notes the EPA can choose to rewrite a rule designed to prevent leaks from natural gas facilities. But it can't just put it off for two years, the judges decided.

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Scientists Are Not So Hot At Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 10:30am

A scientist tested his peers' ability to pick which cancer experiments would pan out. They failed more often than not, which doesn't say much for intuition or efficiency in the scientific process.

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United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 9:06am

Skywatchers and astrophysicists are already gearing up for next month's "Great American Solar Eclipse."

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In Russia's Siberian Silicon Valley, Business Is Good But Risks Can Be High

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 7:15am

The Soviet Union built research institutes in Siberia as innovation centers during the Cold War. Since then, there's been a brain drain. Tech innovators remain, but some have faced legal challenges.

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