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Environmental Outlook: Update on Coral Reef Bleaching and Possible New Remedies

Coral reefs are crucial to the ocean's ecosystem, providing sustenance to a quarter of marine life. Today, more than one third of the world's reefs are deteriorating. What's causing coral reef destruction and possible new remedies to address it.

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Getting High From This Drug For Diarrhea Can Be Fatal

An increasing number of opioid abusers are taking huge doses of Imodium to ease withdrawal symptoms or get high. But at those high doses, toxicologists warn, the normally safe drug can stop the heart.
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Local D.C. STEM Careers Are Soaring — But For Whom?

Kojo explores the local state of diversity in STEM fields, with educators who are looking to change it and a journalist who has been tracking it.

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Solar Airplane Lands In Phoenix After Flight From Silicon Valley

The 745-mile trip took nearly 16 hours — less time than expected, largely due to powerful tailwinds.
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The Health Benefits Of Dancing Go Beyond Exercise And Stress Reducer

What are the health implications of dancing? New social science research shows that dancing in synchrony with others increases people's threshold for dealing with pain.
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Cyclist Teaches Kids To Use Fun To Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Jaime Rangel was 14 when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Bike rides helped him get in shape and defeat the illness. Now 26, he's showing other kids from low-income families how to do it.
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'Biggest Loser' Lessons: Why The Body Makes It Hard To Keep Pounds Off

New research into the lives of past Biggest Loser contestants found many regain much of the weight they lost in the show --sometimes 100 pounds or more — because their biology works against them.
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3 Strange Worlds Circling A Cool Star Might Be Prime Spots To Support Life

Scientists say each of these planets has one searingly hot side that's always facing the star and one frigidly cold side that's always facing away. But the regions in between might be cozy.
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The Buzz Around Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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Can An Online Game Help Create A Better Test For TB?

In a vote of confidence for citizen science, researchers who created an online RNA-folding game launched the project's first challenge aimed at a disease — creating a better tuberculosis test.

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