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U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency report that Tehran has halted the highest level of uranium enrichment, a key part of the sanctions deal reached earlier this month.

Mars Or Bust: Putting Humans On The Red Planet

Some of the earliest science fiction imagined voyages to Mars. We now have the space-faring technology to make reaching the Red Planet possible. It would involve massive resources and many potential dangers, but some believe the rewards would be massive.

From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother. Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is one way to keep them close forever.

Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Some scientists say traditional remedies might help them crack diseases like cancer. Some notable successes include a treatment for a form of leukemia and an anti-malaria medicine that has become the gold standard. But there are more misses than hits.

California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, and he's telling state agencies to conserve water – and to hire more firefighters.

One Downside Of Home Wart Treatments: Bursting Into Flames

Home wart-freezing devices can spark fires, the Food and Drug Administration warns, and people have been burned. People also can be injured by using these frostbite-inducing tools too enthusiastically, dermatologists say, damaging skin as a result.

About 6,000 Natural Gas Leaks Found In D.C.'s Aging Pipes

Pipelines conveying natural gas in Washington, D.C., are old and wearing out, with approximately four leaks per mile, a recent scientific survey of the pipes suggests. Researchers say the average amount of methane lost to leaks in Washington seems to be more than twice the national average for cities.

In Search For Habitable Planets, Why Stop At 'Earth-Like'?

Scientists hunting for planets that could support life have been too focused on finding places that resemble Earth, according to a report in the journal Astrobiology. The authors have come up with a list of traits that might make a planet "superhabitable."

To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.

Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Why does sugar leave our brains crying, "More! More! More!"? A neuroscientist and research psychologist who studies sugar addiction breaks it down for us in a clever new TED-Ed video.