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NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Associated Press reporter Marilynn Marchione about the Chinese government’s investigation into He Jiankui, who claims he created the world’s first gene-edited babies. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: An update now on the Chinese scientist who shocked the world last fall when he claimed that he’d created the world’s first genetically modified babies.
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Enlarge this image A scanning electron micrograph shows microglial cells (yellow) ingesting branched oligodendrocyte cells (purple), a process thought to occur in multiple sclerosis. Oligodendrocytes form insulating myelin sheaths around nerve axons in the central nervous system. Dr. John Zajicek/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Dr. John Zajicek/Science Source As the story goes, nearly 80
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Enlarge this image The key to making the quintessential biscuit of the American South, like these from Callie’s Charleston Biscuits Bakery in Charleston, S.C., is more about technique than a specific flour, some bakers say. Brett Flashnick/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brett Flashnick/The Washington Post/Getty Images Cheryl Day makes hundreds of biscuits
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Enlarge this image A so-called “blood moon” seen during a total lunar eclipse in western Germany, on Sept. 28, 2015. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images Updated at 9:50 p.m. ET A special celestial event is on the calendar for this Sunday night and experts are already raving: “A full 62
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Enlarge this image President Trump called for a beefing up of existing defenses, such as the Aegis ashore system pictured. In addition, he called for research into new advanced concepts. Mark Wright/Missile Defense Agency hide caption toggle caption Mark Wright/Missile Defense Agency Updated at 5:47 p.m. ET President Trump unveiled a sweeping plan Thursday to
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Enlarge this image An image, from a scanning electron micrograph, of Heterorhabditis megidis nematode worms (colored blue). These parasitic worms harbor a bacteria that repels mosquitoes. Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source The next great insect repellent might come from a strain of bacteria that lives inside a common parasitic worm.
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Enlarge this image The China National Space Administration’s lunar lander, seen on Jan. 11. China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency/AP hide caption toggle caption China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency/AP A hint of a cotton plant is growing on the moon, inside China’s lunar lander, scientists in China say. Photos released on Tuesday by Chongqing
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Enlarge this image Surgeons performed more than 21,000 kidney transplants and 8,000 liver transplants in 2018, according the United Network for Organ Sharing. shapecharge/shapecharge/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption shapecharge/shapecharge/Getty Images When Joshua Mezrich was a medical student on the first day of surgical rotation, he was called into the operating room to witness a
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Last year, seismologist Peggy Hellweg told USA Today, “There is a 99.9% chance that there will be a damaging quake (magnitude greater than or equal to 6.7) somewhere in California in the next 30 years.” The thing is, Hellweg added, “We don’t have any idea exactly where and when such a quake can happen.” Other
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Enlarge this image Space-X’s Falcon 9 rocket with 10 satellites launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in 2017. The company says it will lay off 10 percent of its workforce. Matt Hartman/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Hartman/AP SpaceX, the pioneering space technology company led by Elon Musk, will lay off about 10 percent
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Enlarge this image Marine biologist Ari Friedlaender tags whales as part of his research on humpback whales in the Antarctic. Alison Stimpert/NMFS PERMIT 808-1735 hide caption toggle caption Alison Stimpert/NMFS PERMIT 808-1735 Big, important scientific breakthroughs are built of small, incremental experiments. And the partial government shutdown is already interfering with some of that research.
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Enlarge this image Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) attends the opening of the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University on last week in Jalandhar, India. Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times via Getty Images At this year’s annual meeting of the Indian Science Congress from Jan.
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Enlarge this image As the economy boomed, emissions rose sharply in 2018. Shipping was one source of the increase. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. are on the rise again after several years of decline, and a booming economy is the cause. That’s according to
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It appeared to us early on New Year’s Day. The grainy image looked, to many, like a snowman. It came from more than a billion miles beyond Pluto. It is called 2014 MU69, or Ultima Thule. Ultima Thule sits on the edge of the Solar System. It’s the furthest object of which scientists have been
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Enlarge this image George, the last known Achatinella apexfulva, a Hawaiian land snail, died on New Year’s Day. David Sischo/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources hide caption toggle caption David Sischo/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources George, the last of his species of Hawaiian land snail, died on New Year’s Day. He was
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Enlarge this image Scientists have re-engineered photosynthesis, the foundation of life on Earth, creating genetically modified plants that grow faster and bigger. Above, scientists measure how well modified tobacco plants photosynthesize compared to unmodified plants. Haley Ahlers/RIPE Project hide caption toggle caption Haley Ahlers/RIPE Project There’s a big molecule, a protein, inside the leaves of
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Enlarge this image Wetlands that surround the Peruvian village of Canchayllo (nearly 2 1/2 miles above sea level) are disappearing. Renato Contreras/UNDP hide caption toggle caption Renato Contreras/UNDP Climate change, vanishing ice and erratic rain patterns are causing the wetlands in two Andean communities to shrink — and that’s a big problem for the communities
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Enlarge this image Winter swimmers enjoyed an icy dip in Poland’s Garczyn lake last February. Recorded air temperature was around 14 degrees Farenheit, and a large ice hole had to be cut to allow the lake bathing. NurPhoto/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption NurPhoto/Getty Images When Scott Carney first saw the photo of a nearly
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Enlarge this image The Chinese lunar lander Chang’e 4 is headed to Aitken Basin, a large impact crater near the moon’s south pole, pictured here in blue. The distance from the depths of Aitken Basin to the tops of the highest surrounding peaks is nearly twice the height of Mount Everest, according to NASA. NASA/Goddard
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Enlarge this image Researchers say human brains can become overwhelmed by cute traits, such as large eyes and small noses, embodied by movie characters like Bambi. Disney Junior/Disney Channel via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Disney Junior/Disney Channel via Getty Images The holiday season is all about cute. You’ve got those ads with adorable
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Enlarge this image Indonesian Navy personnel watch as Anak Krakatau spews volcanic materials into the waters of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait this week. Fauzy Chaniago/AP hide caption toggle caption Fauzy Chaniago/AP An undersea earthquake occurred Saturday off the coast of the southern Philippines. The U.S. Geological Survey says it struck at a depth of about 38
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NPR’s Debbie Elliott asks Bloomberg energy reporter Jennifer Dlouhy about the Trump administration’s moves to weaken environmental regulations this past year. DEBBIE ELLIOTT, HOST: Cutting federal environmental regulations is a priority for President Trump, including dismantling Obama administration policies aimed at fighting climate change. This week, the Trump administration moved to weaken rules intended to
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Enlarge this image The Trump administration EPA says regulations to reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants are too costly and should no longer be considered legally “appropriate and necessary.” Matt Brown/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Brown/AP In another proposed reversal of an Obama-era standard, the Environmental Protection Agency Friday
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Members of the NPR Visuals team used their skills in photography, illustration, data visualizations and video to tell stories that reflect the world around us. The year was filled with political news as we tracked the 2018 midterm elections. We continued our coverage of Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria significantly damaged the island
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Enlarge this image A young Maya Shankar. Courtesy of Maya Shankar hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Maya Shankar In 2006, Derek Amato suffered a major concussion from diving into a shallow swimming pool. When he woke up in the hospital, he was different. He discovered he was really good a playing piano. Derek is
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Enlarge this image Ash spewing from Mount Etna is seen from the Italian city of Catania on Monday. A 4.8 magnitude earthquake followed, early Wednesday morning. Marco Restivo/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Marco Restivo/Barcroft Media via Getty Images First came the eruption. Then, the quake. An overnight earthquake, triggered by Mount
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Enlarge this image A cubesat, like this briefcase-sized MarCO, was key to relaying telemetry during the recent InSight mission to Mars. It was the first time this kind of mini-spacecraft had flown into deep space. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images NASA tried a communications experiment with its latest
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This past year was a weird and eventful one for news from outer space. We saw everything from a red sports car being shot off the planet to a detailed new map of our Milky Way to a mysterious hole drilled in the International Space Station.
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