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Colette Pichon Battle: How Can We Prepare For The Next Hurricane Katrina?

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Micro Wave: Let's Talk About Urine

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Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans, by Michaeleen Doucleff Avid Reader Press hide caption

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'Hunt, Gather, Parent' Offers Lessons Collected Around The World

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Can the epigenetic effects of experiences be inherited? Eternity in an Instant/Getty Images hide caption

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The Legacy of Trauma: Can Experiences Leave A Biological Imprint?

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Tyler Hollon, who works for a construction company in Utah, says eliminating natural gas from apartment buildings can reduce costs. Hollon's company now shares its designs and budgets with other builders. "The reason we're giving it away is to clean up the air," Hollon says. "We want everybody to do it. It's everybody's air that we're all breathing. Makes my mountain bike ride that much easier." Kim Raff for NPR hide caption

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America's Energy Future: How Gas Companies Are Fighting To Block Climate Rules

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Soil on hilltops in this photo is lighter in color, revealing a loss of fertile topsoil. Evan Thaler for NPR hide caption

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New Evidence Shows Fertile Soil Gone From Midwestern Farms

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky likens the call she got from the Biden team, asking her to lead the CDC amid a pandemic, to a hospital alarm that goes off when a patient's heart has stopped. "I got called during a code," she says. "And when you get called during a code, your job is to be there to help." Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Biden's Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data To Save Lives

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The magnets used in these letters are one of the more obvious uses of magnets, but magnets are also found in many other household objects. Fred Tanneau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Magnets: The Hidden Objects Powering Your Life

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Top left: An officer asks people to observe lockdown rules in Brighton, England. Bottom left: A protester at a lockdown demonstration in Brussels, Belgium last month. Top right: Malaysian health officers screen passengers with a thermal scanner at Kuala Lumpur Airport in January 2020. Bottom right: Employees eat their lunch in Wuhan, China, in March 2020. Luke Dray/Getty Images; Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images; Mohd Rasfan/AFP; Getty Images hide caption

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Throughout his long career in STEM, James West has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins University hide caption

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James West On Invention And Inclusion In Science

James West has been a curious tinkerer since he was a child, always wondering how things worked. Throughout his long career in STEM, he's also been an advocate for diversity and inclusion — from co-founding the Association for Black Laboratory Employees in 1970 to his work today with The Ingenuity Project, a non-profit that cultivates math and science skills in middle and high school students in Baltimore public schools.

James West On Invention And Inclusion In Science

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In this photograph taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter the various components of the Mars mission are seen on the planet's surface following landing. NASA hide caption

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Listen: The Sound of Mars

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Tyler Hollon, who works for a construction company in Utah, says eliminating natural gas from apartment buildings can reduce costs. Hollon's company now shares its designs and budgets with other builders. "The reason we're giving it away is to clean up the air," Hollon says. "We want everybody to do it. It's everybody's air that we're all breathing. Makes my mountain bike ride that much easier." Kim Raff for NPR hide caption

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As Cities Grapple With Climate Change, Gas Utilities Fight To Stay In Business

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced in late December that residents older than 80 would be able to receive doses of the vaccine from their county health departments. Chris Jackson/AP hide caption

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West Virginia's Vaccination Rate Ranks Among Highest In World

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A nurse takes a Moderna Covid-19 vaccines ready to be administered at a vaccination site at Kedren Community Health Center, in South Central Los Angeles. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Before the flood, Aaron Trigg says, there were baseball games and kids playing on the playground near his house in Rainelle. After the flood, that changed. "Now, it was just silence," he remembers. "It affected the spirit of the town." Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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A Looming Disaster: New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat

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Dwane Day throws flowers onto the casket of Bishop James N. Flowers Jr., the pastor of the Shining Star Freewill Baptist church, on April 13, 2020. Bishop Flowers passed away after contracting COVID-19. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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BONUS: Why 500,000 COVID-19 Deaths May Not Feel Any Different

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Power lines near Houston on Feb. 16. Some Texas residents are facing enormous power bills after wholesale prices for electricity skyrocketed amid last week's massive grid failure. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Rob Martin, who has been fishing off his boat for the last 29 years, and his partner haul up a 150-pound end trap while ropeless lobster fishing in Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. Eve Zuckoff/WCAI hide caption

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'Ropeless' Lobster Fishing Could Save The Whales. Could It Kill The Industry?

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BONUS: Throughline — Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction?

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