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Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

When crops are surrounded by high levels of carbon dioxide, they're more productive. But they may have lower concentrations of some crucial nutrients, which could increase malnutrition in the future.
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Civil War Invades An Elephant Sanctuary: One Researcher's Escape

Andrea Turkalo spent 22 years in central Africa, studying rare forest elephants. Then civil war forced her to flee — and poachers killed many of the elephants she'd shared a life with.
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Stanford Dumps Its Holdings In Coal, With Climate In Mind

Stanford says it will its divest holdings in coal companies over climate change concerns. It's the most prominent of the roughly one dozen colleges that have decided to sell off fossil fuel holdings.
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Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

DNA's instructions are written in a code of four molecular "letters," labeled A, C, T and G. For the first time, researchers have created and inserted two brand-new letters into a living cell.
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Draw My Left! No, No, My Other Left! A Hidden Bias In Art History Revealed

Why is it that in thousands of portraits done all over the world, artists emphasize the left side of the subject's face? There's a bias here, and it's hiding in our brains.
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Faith Drives A Father To Create A Test For Childhood Cancer

Noah Shaw was diagnosed with a potentially fatal cancer when he was just 4 months old. That didn't shake his father's faith in God. But it did drive him to try to invent an early cancer test.
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Despite Warnings On Warming, Public Response Remains Lukewarm

The National Climate Assessment was released today. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, about the report.
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Report: Climate Change Creates Public Health Costs

Melissa Block speaks with Brian Stone, director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology, about the public health effects of climate change.
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White House Report Says Climate Change Is Here And Now

A new U.S. government report tells an unambiguous story: The planet is warming, climate change is driven primarily by people and it's already affecting Americans, through more frequent or intense heat waves, downpours and, in some regions, floods or droughts.
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Scientists Help Galapagos Finches Get Rid Of A Nasty Nest Pest

Cotton balls laced with insecticide just might be the answer to a parasitic fly that has been killing off young finches in the Ecuadorean islands since 1997.

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