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Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

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When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."

Women, There's A Reason Why You're Shivering In The Office

Air conditioning standards are based on the needs of a 155-pound man. Researchers say it's time to admit that women don't need to be chilled as much and crank up the thermostat.

Did Beijing's Olympics Song Lift Parts Of 'Let It Go'?

Does a Chinese song cross the line between inspiration and imitation? Many commenters online are saying yes.

In The Fight Against Tsetse Flies, Blue Is The New Black

For some unknown reason, the insects that transmit sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa are attracted to the color blue. So scientists think blue flytraps could help wipe out the disease for good.

So You Flunked A Racism Test. Now What?

Scientists are working on ways to train our brains away from deeply held prejudices — including hacking your subconscious while you sleep.

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How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.

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Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression?

Most young children who are extra choosy about what they'll eat eventually outgrow the habit. But research finds that in extreme cases, the pickiness may be linked to depression or social anxiety.

Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

Doctors Say High Cancer Costs Can't Continue

August 5, 2015
Landon Kimich, 2, sleeps as he receives a chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP)

After the diagnosis of cancer, another blow – the often-crippling costs of treatment. We look at the soaring price of cancer drugs.

The President's Hard Carbon Emissions Push

August 4, 2015
In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. (AP)

Tough new carbon restrictions. What the president is proposing, Germany’s already doing. Will the American people buy in?

Big Game, Bigger Controversy

July 31, 2015
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

Researcher Describes Feelings Working With Fetal Tissue

July 31, 2015

Nathalia Holt, a microbiologist and science writer, recently wrote about what she says were some uneasy feelings in the lab.

The Rare Blue Moon Isn’t Blue

July 31, 2015
A girl is silhouetted against a rising full moon as she rides an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. When the full moon appears at 6:43 a.m. EDT in the U.S. Friday, it will become the second full moon of July, or what's known as a blue moon. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

A blue moon is a rare event, but not because of its color. Star-gazers may be able to see one Friday night.

OB-GYN Residents Explain Complexity Of Training To Provide Abortions

July 30, 2015
Pro-life and anti-abortion demonstrators converge in front of the Supreme Court in Washington Jan. 22, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

If there’s one thing pro-life and pro-choice camps can agree on, it’s that the decision to have an abortion can be a difficult one. But the decision to perform abortions can be difficult for medical providers, too.

Ocean Currents, Drifting Debris And Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

July 30, 2015
French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Air safety investigators, one of them a Boeing investigator, have identified the component as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official said. Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only 777 known to be missing. (Lucas Marie/AP)

Airplane debris washed up on a beach on Reunion Island off Madagascar yesterday. But how did it get there?

Coding Camps Climb Professional Ranks

July 30, 2015
Shereef Bishay, co-founder of Dev Bootcamp, center, talks with student Ryan Guerrettaz during a class at Dev Bootcamp in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Dev Bootcamp is one of a new breed of computer-programming schools that’s proliferating in San Francisco and other U.S. tech hubs. These “hacker boot camps” promise to teach students how to write code in two or three months and help them get hired as web developers, with starting salaries between $80,000 and $100,000, often within days or weeks of graduation. (AP)

From barista to tech wiz. Computer coding boot camps are hot. Vaulting their graduates in just months into high-paying jobs. We’ll look at the surge.

‘Optimism Is High’ In The West As El Niño Strengthens

July 29, 2015
A map shows sea surface temperatures on July 28, 2015. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific and affects global temperatures and rainfall. (NOAA)

NASA climate scientist Bill Patzert says “everyone’s thinking about this El Niño as the great wet hope” to help with the historic drought.

Killer Robots Could Destroy Humanity (So Let’s Stop That From Happening, OK?)

July 28, 2015
A scene from "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have joined the call to ban autonomous weapons, which, unlike drones, operate solo.

Food Innovators Develop Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon

July 24, 2015
Dulse, a type of seaweed, has for centuries been harvested in the wild and used in northern European cuisine. (Akuppa/Flickr)

Researchers say a fast-growing new form of a seaweed tastes like bacon when fried.

Exercising The Aging Brain

July 24, 2015
Experts say exercise and socializing helps the brain. Here, George Jackson, right, 85, an army veteran and former boxer, exercises with Mary Diner, left, as they participate at a parkour class for elderly people in south London. The unique weekly class for people over 60 called parkour, a flashy discipline usually known for its acrobatic running, climbing and gravity-defying jumps. While most fitness classes aimed at seniors focus on calmer activities like dance or yoga, experts say parkour is a reasonable, if unorthodox, option., (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.

Week In The News: Sandra Bland, Cuban Embassy, Obama In Kenya

July 24, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks to the media during a tour of the World Trade International Bridge at the U.S. Mexico border in Laredo, Texas, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP)

The traffic stop and Sandra Bland. The Cuban flag flies in Washington. A Trump tizzy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Documenting California’s Epic Drought

July 23, 2015
Fishermen are dwarfed by the rising banks of Lake McClure.  Located 40 miles east of Modesto and fed by the waters of the Merced River, water levels at the lake stand at less than ten percent of capacity.  (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

A reporter and photographer on a road trip across California, looking at how the drought has reshaped lives there.

Biogen Releases Promising Data From Alzheimer’s Drug

July 22, 2015
Biogen Idec Inc. is based in Cambridge, Mass. (Chitose Suzuki/AP)

Findings from early-stage patients show that — at some doses — the drug, aducanumab, can slow down the memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s.

Report Reveals Close Ties Between Psychologists’ Association And Pentagon

July 21, 2015
As far back as 2007, protesters rallied against the American Psychological Association participating in military interrogations at Guantanamo Bay. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

A new report alleges that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, some of the organization’s top leaders deliberately relaxed A.P.A. ethics guidelines to allow psychologists to take part in coercive interrogation programs.

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