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  1. Why Heat Waves Are More Challenging For Pregnant Women
    Forecasters say Friday should be the hottest July 20 ever in North Texas with temperatures reaching at least 107 degrees. Think you're hot? Think about if you were a pregnant mom.
  2. How Luxury Hotels And Restaurants In Developing Countries Fight Food Waste
    The United Nations says nearly one-fourth of food purchases in hotels and restaurants are thrown away. Luxury properties in Mexico, India, and elsewhere are trying programs to bring that figure down.
  3. EPA Inspector General Blames 'Management Weakness' In Flint Response
    The EPA's internal watchdog says "management weakness" delayed the federal government's response to the Flint, Mich., water crisis.
  4. How The Campaign To Ban Plastic Straws Got Its Start
    As more companies announce bans on plastic straws, NPR's Planet Money talks to one of the originators of the campaign against plastic straws to learn the strategic choices that made this campaign catch on.
  5. Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures
    Warmer weather means that barnacle geese fly faster to their breeding grounds, leaving them too tired to lay eggs right away. By the time they're ready, the babies have missed the best food.
  6. Photographer Captures The Contradictions Of Otherworldly Antarctica
    WAMU's Tyrone Turner was mesmerized by the majestic ice and surprised by how he felt in the presence of these massive structures.
  7. Marriott Follows Starbucks In Dropping Plastic Straws
    The giant hotel chain became the latest company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July.
  8. Kilauea 'Lava Bomb' Hits Tour Boat; Explosion Injures 23
    A basketball-sized lava bomb slammed through the roof of a tour boat near an active fissure of the Hawaiian volcano early Monday morning, showering the vessel with debris.
  9. Surfing For Science: A New Way To Gather Data For Ocean And Coastal Research
    Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography hope to turn surfers into citizen scientists by equipping them with a "smartfin" that gathers data as they surf.
  10. Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure
    The Internet relies on a network of cables, many buried underground along U.S. coastlines. A new analysis finds sea level rise could put thousands of miles of cable underwater in the next 15 years.
  11. Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too
    Hot weather can influence cognitive performance, according to new research. Young adults living in non-air-conditioned dorms during a heat wave performed worse on math and attention tests.
  12. 'Buzz' Offers An Adoration For Bees Amid Continued Die-Offs
    The severity of the enormous reduction in bee numbers over the past decade is at the heart of a new bookby conservation biologist Thor Hanson, whose appreciation for the pollinators shines through.
  13. Massive Iceberg Looms Over A Village In Greenland
    The giant mountain of ice towers is threatening a tiny village, causing authorities to evacuate residents.
  14. In Ireland, Drought And A Drone Revealed The Outline Of An Ancient Henge
    As crops get thirsty in Ireland, some plants are faring better than others. Aerial photos show a pattern in crop growth near Newgrange, believed to be the footprint of a previously unknown henge.
  15. Ireland Expected To Become World's First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels
    The lower house of parliament OK'd the bill, which is likely to sail through the upper house too. "We are ready to think and act beyond narrow short-term and vested interests," one lawmaker vowed.
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