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Russia Launches World's Biggest, Most Powerful Icebreaker

The 568-foot-long Arktika is powered by two nuclear reactors and capable of breaking through ice 13 feet deep. Russia's interest in the Arctic is rising along with global temperatures.
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LISTEN: Scientists Find Further Confirmation Of Gravitational Waves In Binary Black Holes

We speak to physics professor Gregory Harry about a recent announcement of further proof of Einstein's theory of gravity — thanks to a pair of chirpy black holes.

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Summer Camps Say They're Not Sweating Over Zika Risk

Mosquitoes are part of the summer camp experience, and camp directors say they'd be hard pressed to deploy CDC guidelines for avoiding Zika virus. But it may not be an issue this summer.
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Zika Infection Late In Pregnancy Carries Little Risk of Microcephaly

Scientists tracked nearly 600 pregnant women in Colombia, who were reportedly infected with Zika during their third trimester. None of these women gave birth to a baby with apparent problems.
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Scientists Say They've Unearthed A Completely New Kind Of Meteorite

Scientists say that in a Swedish quarry, they've uncovered a meteorite unique among the 50,000 known on Earth today. They say it could hold clues about the history of the solar system.
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Psychologist Urges Caution In Speculation About Orlando Gunman's Sexuality

Investigators in Orlando are pursuing reports the shooter at Pulse nightclub used gay dating apps and was seen at the club several times before. There's speculation that the shooter could have been motivated by self-hatred as a closeted gay man. But Gregory Herek, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, urges caution.
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Ex-Wife Reveals Orlando Gunman's History Of Domestic Violence

The ex-wife of Omar Mateen — who attacked an Orlando, Fla., nightclub killing at least 49 people — has described suffering physical and psychological abuse from Mateen during their marriage. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Deborah Epstein of Georgetown University about the possible connections between domestic violence and mass shootings.
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Gravitational Waves From Colliding Black Holes Shake Scientists' Detectors Again

For the second time in recent months, scientists say they have picked up distortions in space and time. The find suggests smaller-sized black holes may be more numerous than many scientists thought.
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Research Explores Ways To Overcome STEM Fields' Gender Gap

Why do so few women sign up for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? Research suggests having few women in college in these fields and in technology companies creates a vicious cycle.
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Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics

Georgia has stopped licensing new clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Some call the state's move irresponsible. Others say the clinics aren't regulated enough.

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