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2018-05-22T13:45:43.849Z
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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt often cites the need for "regulatory certainty." But even some supporters of his sweeping rollbacks say they're creating the opposite.

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The Pennsylvania-based health care chain Geisinger Health System plans to soon offer DNA sequencing as part of routine care for all patients. Is there a downside?

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All of us think back to turning points in our lives, and imagine how things could have unfolded differently. Why do we so often ask ourselves, "What if?"

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The two satellites, which are collectively called GRACE and will replace two retired probes, are one of the most important tools for understanding the effects of climate change.

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While the Pentagon opposes the measure, the military has conducted operations in space for 50 years.

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Lava from the Kileaua volcano is pouring into the Pacific Ocean, generating a plume of "laze" — hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles — into the air.

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For more than 150 years, scientists have known that levees increase flood risk on the Mississippi River. That hasn't stopped local officials from building up levees in response to more severe floods.

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Conspiracy theories have abounded for years about the fate of the Führer, ranging from his escape to Argentina aboard a German U-boat to living out his days at a secret Nazi moon base.

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California Fish and Wildlife agents are combating a rash of succulent poaching incidents on the state's coastline, apparently to satisfy a booming demand for the plants in Korean and Chinese markets.

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Magdalena Skipper, who the journal Nature has chosen as its new editor-in-chief. Skipper is the first woman to hold the post.

The labels use the letters BE, for bioengineered, not GMO, which critics say could baffle consumers. One design features a smiling sun that a skeptic calls "essentially propaganda for the industry."

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A working group convened by the National Institutes of Health looked at where chimps that had been used in research should live now. Unless relocating chimps would endanger them, a sanctuary is best.

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County officials have distributed about 2,000 N95 masks as they warn that ash fallout is the biggest health concern for residents.

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Researchers announced Thursday that they impregnated "Victoria" through artificial insemination. It is a step toward saving the critically endangered northern white rhino.

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The Army tells NPR of plans to monitor blast exposure across a military career, to enforce limits on firing certain weapons, and to even look into whether special helmets could help stop blast waves.

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There will be intended and unintended consequences: lower emissions statewide, lower energy bills and more solar jobs. But the requirement means more expensive homes and may not have as big of an impact as desired.

Trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, hurts the ozone layer and was phased out of production by 2010. Supposedly. But a NOAA study says CFC-11 emissions began to rise after 2012.

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Scientists and leadership trainers says it's nearly impossible to train people out of their biases, but organizations can develop ways of mitigating the effects of it. Often, it involves teamwork.

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From bass to lobster, hundreds of species that live along U.S. coastlines are projected to migrate north over the next 80 years, making them harder to catch and manage. It's already happening.

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Volcanic rocks 2-feet in diameter have been found in a parking lot a few hundred yards from the volcano's Halemaumau crater, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

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