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Stomach Of Ancient Iceman Held Microbes Like Ours

Scientists analyzed the tummy of a 5,300-year-old ice mummy and found bacteria that many modern humans still carry.
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Animal Rights Group Loses Copyright Suit Over Monkey Selfies

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a monkey cannot own the copyrights to selfies he took.
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Itchy Eyes? Sneezing? Maybe Blame That Allergy On Neanderthals

At least three genes that predispose some of us to hay fever and other allergies came from Neanderthal DNA, scientists say. The genes very likely boosted the immunity of our early ancestors.
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California Declares State Of Emergency Over Months-Long Gas Leak

Since October, a natural gas storage well near Los Angeles has been spewing hundreds of tons of methane gas each day. The leak isn't expected to be fixed for months.
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Debate Over Bird Flu Research Moratorium Flares Up Again

Scientists are convening to debate whether experiments that make some viruses more contagious in order to advance understanding of potential outbreaks are worth the risk of creating one.
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Southern California Moves To Protect Homeless As El Niño Rain Hits Region

Rain, and lots of it, is falling in parts of California as the first of several El Niño storms makes its way across the state. In the Los Angeles area, county officials have spent extra to offer more shelter options for its large homeless population.
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Scientists Spot 'Burping' Black Hole In Nearby Galaxy

Astronomers observed two arcs of X-ray emissions near a supermassive black hole. They say this shows "black holes can create, not just destroy."
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Environmental Outlook: A New Push For Carbon Removal

The climate agreement reached in Paris last month set ambitious goals for curbing global warming. Some say those goals cannot be achieved through reducing emissions alone and that it's time to take a more serious look at carbon removal.

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Latest Advances In Gene Editing: The Possibilities And Risks

Experts call the new gene-editing technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 the most precise and affordable way to manipulate the code of life. What the latest advances in gene-editing technology could mean for disease prevention.

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President Obama Considers Executive Action On Gun Control

President Obama meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey to discuss possible executive action on gun control. We discuss the president's potential moves and the ongoing debate over curbing U.S. gun violence.

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