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Stick A Fork In It: Federal Meteorologists Say El Nino Is Done

This year's extra-large El Nino weather pattern is over, according to federal meteorologists. The pattern brought heavy rain to many parts of the country and was one of the strongest ever.
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A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Melanoma can be a deadly skin cancer, but 10 years ago, biologist Jim Allison figured out a way to tweak the body's immune system to go after those malignant cells. Some patients are now cancer-free.
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Hello, Nihonium. Scientists Name 4 New Elements On The Periodic Table

The new superheavy, radioactive elements were added to the periodic table last year but given temporary and unremarkable names: ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctoium.
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Cancer Scientist Jams With Willie Nelson One More Time

Joe Palca was fresh out of college in 1975, when he got a job as a lab tech, working for a young scientist and country music fan who would one day harness the immune system to fight cancer.
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Legal Medical Abortions Are Up In Texas, But So Are DIY Pills From Mexico

Women seeking an abortion in restrictive Texas now often pick the medical version, thanks to FDA rules making it easier. Others seek cheaper pills in Mexico, and aren't getting guidance from a doctor.
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Fossils Suggest That Island Life Shrank Our 'Hobbit' Relatives

Scientists say tiny bones dating back 700,000 years on the Indonesian island of Flores shine new light on how these mysterious, 3-foot-tall creatures got that way.
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Congress Passes Largest Chemical Safety Legislation In 40 Years

Congress has passed the biggest chemical safety legislation in 40 years. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund about what this means for consumers.
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An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.
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New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

A technology known as a gene drive might be deployed to re-engineer species and stop diseases like malaria. But a scientific advisory panel says research and use should proceed with great caution.
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How Student Debt Affects Personal Choices Of Young People

Researchers examine the effects of student debt on the personal choices that young adults have to make. For example, decisions about whether to get married or when to have children.

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