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U.S. Mounts Daring Rescue Mission At The South Pole

A sick worker at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station must be evacuated by plane at the height of the Antarctic winter. The current temperature is -70 degrees Fahrenheit.
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The Future of Zoos

The recent shooting death of Harambe the gorilla has reignited debate over the role of zoos when it comes to conservation, education, and entertainment. A conversation about the value of modern-day zoos, and how they could look different in the future.


Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger Smells, Tastes And Sizzles Like Meat

Impossible Foods took a high-tech approach to creating a meat-free burger that replicates the real thing. It's all designed to tempt carnivores to eat less meat. And it's set to hit restaurants soon.

Researchers Study Consequences Of Work-Based Friendships

A new study looks at friendships in the workplace. Researchers found friendships do improve workers' job performance reviews but they also detract from performance — leading to emotional exhaustion.

Zika And Children: What Parents Need To Know

So far, data suggest that Zika doesn't pose the same risk of neurological defects to babies and children as it does to fetuses in the womb. But doctors don't know the long-term effects of the virus.

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

A Trans-Atlantic Flight Without Fuel: Solar Impulse Leaves New York On Ambitious Trip

The Solar Impulse 2 plane is being flown across the Atlantic Ocean on a four-day trip to Spain. The solar-powered craft took off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport early Monday.

Baby Boomers With Hemophilia Didn't Expect To Grow Old

A generation that survived life-threatening bleeds, the HIV epidemic and hepatitis C now nears retirement with an illness that can mostly be safely managed at home — for about $250,000 a year.

Pediatricians Call For More Testing And Tighter Rules On Lead Exposure

Citing growing evidence that no amount of lead exposure is safe for kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics has called for tighter regulations on the amount of lead in house dust, water and soil.

Vermont Insurers Must Now Cover Vasectomies

State legislatures around the U.S. are debating which birth control benefits insurers must cover. Vermont is one of several states going beyond a focus on female contraception to include vasectomies.