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Supreme Court Puts White House's Carbon Pollution Limits On Hold

A decision on the Clean Power Plan could be long in coming – meaning that the rules' fate might not be determined before a new presidential administration comes into power in 2017.

Video Chat Your Way Into College: How Tech Is Changing The Admissions Process

Virtual reality and other innovations are helping international students and colleges tell if they're a good fit.

Scientists Aflutter Over Gravitational Wave Rumors

If the rumors are true, then humanity is about to learn a lot about the heaviest stuff in the universe.

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Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

The nets that ensnare the giant totoaba fish also trap and kill the world's smallest and rarest mammal: a porpoise called the vaquita.

Password Security Is So Bad, President Obama Weighs In

In unveiling a sweeping plan to fund and revamp cybersecurity, the president asks citizens to consider using extra layers of security besides the password.

Why You'll Never Buy the Perfect Ring (and Other Valentine's Day Stories)

It's almost Valentine's Day, but this week we're not talking about love. Instead, we explore the other forces that drive our romantic relationships.

Sorry, Bogie, A Sigh Is Not Just A Sigh

Sighs aren't just signs of resignation, relief or the blues. Involuntary sighs are vital to lung health, say scientists who think they have figured out the brain circuitry that controls the reflex.

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A Skeptical Review Of CBS' Super Bowl Online Streaming Success

For the first time, CBS put the full Super Bowl, with ads, online and claimed record viewership. But StreamingMedia.com's Dan Rayburn says the decision to stream is getting too much hype.

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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.

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Infomagical: WNYC's 'Note To Self' Tries To Make Information Overload Disappear

NPR's Ari Shapiro checks in with Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's podcast, "Note To Self," about their "infomagical" challenge. They're trying to mediate the problem of information overload and have some results to share.

Dealing With The Zika Threat

February 10, 2016
In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, a technician from the British biotec company Oxitec, inspects the pupae of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a vector for transmitting the Zika virus, in Campinas, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Taking on the Zika virus, from tackling the disease itself, to killing the mosquitoes that carry it to the challenge of birth control.

Brazil Warns Zika Virus Could Be Transmitted Via Urine, Saliva

February 5, 2016
A medical researcher works on results of tests for various diseases, including Zika, at the Gorgas Memorial laboratory Panama City, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Panamanian authorities announced Monday that 50 cases of the Zika virus infection have been detected in Panama's sparsely populated Guna Yala indigenous area along the Caribbean coast where they are conducting an aggressive campaign to contain the spread of the virus. (Arnulfo Franco/AP)

Researchers found active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples, meaning it might be possible to transmit it through those fluids.

Why Some Forensic Evidence Isn’t Accurate Or Reliable

February 5, 2016
This April 17, 2013 photo shows dental molds used for research at the University of Buffalo, N.Y. Bite mark evidence that may connect a murder suspect to the victim will be allowed at trial, a judge in New York City decided Sept. 5, 2013, disappointing those who hoped the case would help get the forensic technique banished from the nation's courtrooms. (David Duprey/AP)

The co-founder of the Innocence Project explains the problems with certain types of evidence, such as bite marks.

Florida Braces For Zika Virus

February 4, 2016
UM's Mario Stevenson (left) examines the new Zika virus detection test at his team's Miami lab. (Tim Padgett/WLRN)

Four counties in Florida are under a health emergency today, after cases of the mosquito-borne illness were detected in the state.

Puerto Rico Health Officials Mobilize To Halt Zika Virus Infections

February 3, 2016
Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. (Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

There are at least 19 confirmed cases of Zika virus in Puerto Rico, which is causing alarm among public health officials there.

Panel Recommends U.S. Research ‘Three-Parent Embryo’ Procedure

February 3, 2016
A newborn baby is held by one of its parents. (Pixabay)

The controversial procedure is already legal in the U.K. and could help women with certain diseases have healthy children.

MIT Engineering Students Win Hyperloop Design Competition

February 2, 2016
A team of engineering students from MIT took home first prize in a competition to design a Hyperloop prototype. (Texas A&M Engineering/Flickr)

A team of engineering students from MIT took home first prize in a competition to design a prototype for a Hyperloop pod.

From 14 Cases To 4 Million: The Insidious Spread Of Zika Virus

February 1, 2016
Alice Vitoria Gomes Bezerra, 3 months old, who has microcephaly, is held by her mother Nadja Cristina Gomes Bezerra on January 31, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. The ailment results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders including decreased brain development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus outbreak is likely to spread throughout nearly all the Americas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The World Health Organization has declared that Zika virus is a global health emergency of international concern.

MIT Wins Design Competition For Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

January 31, 2016

MIT student engineers won a competition to transform SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk’ idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of people at high speed.

A Mammoth Find At Oregon State University Football Field

January 29, 2016
Mammoth bones were found during construction near Oregon State University's Reser Stadium on January 26th, 2016. (Theresa Hogue/Flickr)

Construction workers stumbled upon ice age mammoth bones when they were digging up one of the end zones in the stadium.

Elon Musk Called For A ‘Hyperloop’ And These Students Answered

January 29, 2016
Senior Oliver Tillman and junior Frederick Wachter are part of the Drexel Hyperloop Team. They use air compression in their design. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The inventor and billionaire laid out an idea – a sort of “moonshot” for transportation. Now, the finalists will pitch their prototypes.

The Origins Of The Dog

January 29, 2016
A Lagotto Romagnolo is introduced at a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in New York as one of seven breeds which will compete for the first time at next month's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Tracing the origins of man’s best friend. Maybe they didn’t come from wolves. New research on the evolution of dogs.

Witnessing The Challenger Disaster: A Reporter’s Notebook

January 28, 2016
Thirty years ago, the nation watched as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on live television. Bob Oakes was there. (Bruce Weaver/ AP)

Thirty years ago, the nation watched as the shuttle carrying seven people exploded on live television. Bob Oakes was there.

Freezing: The New Science Of Cold

January 28, 2016
Crane shaped fountain is frozen at Hibiya Park in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Frozen. New science and a new understanding of life, death and freezing.

Depression Screening For All?

January 28, 2016
In this stock image, a patient speaks to a psychologist. New national guidelines would encourage all regular checkups to include a basic mental health screening. (Dana Arena / Flickr)

A national taskforce says everyone should be screened for depression. We’ll look at why, and what it would mean.

Boston Area Researchers Pinpoint Key Schizophrenia Gene — And What Goes Awry In The Brain

January 27, 2016
Image made with a fluorescent microscope shows C4 proteins, green, located at the synapses in a culture of human neurons. In research released Wednesday, scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor. (Heather de Rivera/McCarroll Lab/Harvard/AP)

Of the many difficult questions about schizophrenia, two may be the most perplexing: what causes it and why is the mental illness so often first expressed in adolescents and young people?

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