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Startup Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It

"Everything is private information, stored on your computer or a computer you designate," says George Church, genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, about the approach of Nebula Genomics.Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorkerhide caption

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Buzz, Buzz: Bitter Tasters Like Coffee Better

People who are sensitive to the bitterness of caffeine tend to drink more coffee than others, while people sensitive to bitter flavors like quinine drink less coffee, according to a new study.Dimitri Otis/Getty Imageshide caption

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Maybe Neanderthals Weren't Quite So Nasty And Brutish

Neanderthals are believed to have relied on dangerous close range hunting techniques, using non-projectile weapons like the thrusting spears depicted in this artist's rendition.Gleiver Prieto & Katerina Harvatihide caption

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Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly To Blame

Downtown Houston flooded by rain from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017. The buildings in the region exacerbated rainfall from the storm, according to a new study.David J. Phillip/APhide caption

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Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly To Blame

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Watch The Leonid Meteor Shower This Weekend

This bright meteor was seen in the sky above Wrightwood, Calif., during the Leonid meteor storm of 1966. Storms are more intense than showers, but every year Leonid meteors streak across the night sky in November.NASA/Getty Imageshide caption

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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

Helping a spouse or parent who has dementia steer clear of hazards can include ridding the home of all guns.Nicole Xu for NPRhide caption

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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

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Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

Forged in 1879 and sanctioned by the General Conference on Weights and Measures at its first meeting, Le Grand K, the international prototype of the kilogram, has been kept under lock and key in a vault outside Paris.BIPMhide caption

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Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

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Zipcode Destiny: The Persistent Power Of Place And Education
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Zipcode Destiny: The Persistent Power Of Place And Education

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Megafires More Frequent Because Of Climate Change And Forest Management

Chris and Nancy Brown embrace Monday while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp Fire tore through the region in Paradise, Calif. Dozens of people have been killed in the latest fires to hit the state.Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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Megafires More Frequent Because Of Climate Change And Forest Management

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Counting The Bugs And Bacteria, You're 'Never Home Alone' (And That's OK)

Humans would do better to accept many of the life forms that share our space, than to scrub them all away, says ecologist Rob Dunn.Basic Books hide caption

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Counting The Bugs And Bacteria, You're 'Never Home Alone' (And That's OK)

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Retailers Plan To Clear Deadly Paint Removers From Shelves, As EPA Delays Ban

Protestors holding pictures of people who died from use of paint removers, including Drew Wynne, protest outside a Portland, Maine, Lowe's store on May 10, 2018. They were trying to persuade the retailer to stop selling paint strippers containing methylene chloride.Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Imageshide caption

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Retailers Plan To Clear Deadly Paint Removers From Shelves, As EPA Delays Ban

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Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements Mostly Disappoint In Long-Awaited Research Results

Taking fish oil supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer may not be effective, a new study suggests.Cathy Scola/Getty Imageshide caption

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Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements Mostly Disappoint In Long-Awaited Research Results

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Childbirth In The Age Of Addiction: New Mom Worries About Maintaining Her Sobriety

Nicole and Ben Veum, with their little boy, Adrian. Nicole was in recovery from opioid addiction when she gave birth to Adrian, and she worried the fentanyl in her epidural would lead to relapse, but it didn't.Adam Grossberg/KQEDhide caption

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Childbirth In The Age Of Addiction: New Mom Worries About Maintaining Her Sobriety

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