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Project Nourished's virtual eating gizmos. From left: An atomizer that releases the scents of a food; a virtual reality headset; a a device that mimics the chewing sounds transmitted from a diner's mouth to their ear drums; a cocktail glass with built-in sensors; a utensil that picks up on the diner's movements and integrates them into the virtual reality experience; and a 3-D printed food cube. Courtesy of Project Nourished hide caption

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The Students' Perspective On Gun Violence In Schools

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This year alone, there have been more than 60 gun incidents on campuses across the U.S. Youth Radio's Nila Venkat reports on what it's like to be a bystander to these violent events.

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Adan Faudoa landed a job at Pandora, one of the first tech companies to set up shop in Oakland. Pendarvis Harshaw/Youth Radio hide caption

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Cole Carman is an 18-year-old from Pittsburg, Calif. Jenny Bolario/Youth Radio hide caption

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Transitioning To Male, And Taking Some Of A Past Self With Him

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When trans teenager Cole Carman was ready to begin taking male hormones, his doctor asked him a question that threw him for a loop: Did he want to freeze his eggs first?

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The "castle room" was the first room opened by Maze Rooms in Los Angeles. Noah Nelson/Youth Radio hide caption

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People who have easy access to firearms are about three times more likely to kill themselves than people who don't have access to guns, a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco indicates. iStockphoto hide caption

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A young man peers out a window in a holding cell after arriving at the intake unit at Alameda County Juvenile Hall. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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After teens noticed a change in the tap water in Oakland due to the California drought, 17-year-old Amber Lee took a tap vs. bottled water taste test in Youth Radio's studios. Jenny Bolario/Youth Radio hide caption

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Teens Say California Drought Makes Tap Water Taste Funky

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A firsthand look at how the historic drought is affecting local teens' quest to quench their thirst.

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Comedian Aziz Ansari became a pioneer of emoji language use in 2011, when he transcribed the hit Jay-Z and Kanye West song, "Ni**as In Paris." azizisbored.tumblr.com hide caption

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Apps like Venmo promise easy, carefree money transfers between friends. Noah Nelson/Youth Radio hide caption

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Truvada can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection when taken as a preventative medicine — if taken every day. Studies are underway to determine if young people are likely to take the pill consistently. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Eight-year-old Tomás Rocha, a third grader at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif., is among a handful of gender non-conforming students at the school. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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