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  1. Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS
    PFAS are a family of chemicals accumulating in the soil, rivers, drinking water and the human body. How much exposure to these substances in clothes, firefighting foam and food wrap is too much?
  2. Tiny Earthquakes Happen Every Few Minutes In Southern California, Study Finds
    A new catalog of Southern California earthquakes is 10 times larger than its predecessor list. The details of frequent, small quakes help scientists study what triggers large, destructive ones.
  3. News Brief: Mueller Report, North Korea, Brain Tests On Dead Pigs
    The redacted version of the Mueller report is released Thursday. North Korea announces it has tested a new "tactical guided weapon." Scientists have restored some function in the brains of dead pigs.
  4. Gene Therapy Advances To Better Treat 'Bubble Boy' Disease
    The latest advance is not only encouraging news for patients with severe combined immunodeficiency. It's a test case for all those scientists working to develop better gene therapy techniques.
  5. Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains
    Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.
  6. Study Examined Germ Levels In Men's Beards Versus Dogs
    Researchers wanted to know whether they could use the same MRI scanners for dogs and people. They swabbed the machines used by 18 bearded men and 30 dogs. The beards had higher microbial levels.
  7. Hidden Brain: America's Changing Attitudes Toward Gay People
    Public opinion about gay rights has shifted enormously in the United States over the past few decades. What are some of the factors that have led to this historic change in attitudes?
  8. First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway
    This could be a crucial year for the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR as researchers start testing it in patients to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness and sickle cell disease.
  9. Scientists Plan To Start Human Trials Testing CRISPR Soon
    The powerful gene-editing technique is moving out of the lab and into the clinic. Trials will use CRISPR to try to treat a variety of diseases, ranging from cancer and blindness to blood disorders.
  10. Do You Love Lying In Bed? Get Paid By NASA To Do It For Space Research
    Researchers are currently looking for candidates who will stay in bed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 60 straight days for a study on how the body adapts to weightlessness.
  11. High Stress Drives Up Your Risk Of A Heart Attack. Here's How To Chill Out
    A study of siblings finds those who have a stress-related disorder have a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or other cardiovascular event, compared to their less-stressed brothers and sisters.
  12. Should We Have Empathy For Those We Hate?
    The latest episode of NPR's Podcast Invisibilia examines the history of empathy in American culture. In this era of political polarization, empathy has fallen out of fashion.
  13. Ancient Bones And Teeth Found In A Philippine Cave May Rewrite Human History
    Islands in Southeast Asia were clearly important in the evolution of early humans, say scientists who have turned up 50,000-year-old remains of what they suspect is a previously unknown human species.
  14. Earth Sees First Image Of A Black Hole
    Every image you've ever seen of a black hole has been a simulation. Until now. "We have seen what we thought was unseeable," said Event Horizon Telescope Director Shep Doeleman.
  15. Porcupine Barbs For Better Wound Healing
    Surgeons would love to find a replacement for surgical staples — one that doesn't aggravate wounds on the way in and out. Bioengineers think they've found the right model — a porcupine's quill.

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