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Bats have a seven-octave vocal range. Researchers say, to make their low-frequency calls, bats use the same trick as throat singers and death metal growlers. Rob Griffith/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Death metal singers have a vocal counterpart ... in bats

Bats and death metal singers have more in common than a love of the dark. A new study has found that some of bats' lower frequency calls appear to use a technique similar to death metal growling.

Death metal singers have a vocal counterpart ... in bats

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Shoppers return to a mall with shops re-opening for business as restrictions are eased in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Chinese authorities on Saturday announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing no longer requiring negative tests to take public transport. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Some covid restrictions have been eased in China after widespread protests

China on Sunday reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 as some cities move cautiously to ease anti-pandemic restrictions following increasingly vocal public frustrations.

A man looks on as Mount Semeru releases volcanic materials during an eruption on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 in Lumajang, East java, Indonesia. Indonesia's highest volcano on the country's most densely populated island of Java erupted Sunday. AP hide caption

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Residents are evacuating as Mount Semeru, Indonesia's highest volcano, has erupted

Monsoon rains eroded and finally collapsed the lava dome atop 3,676-meter (12,060-foot) Mount Semeru, causing the eruption, according to National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari.

It can be hard to find children's fever-reducing medication in some areas. At a Bed Bath & Beyond in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, a few products were in stock while others were sold out. Laurel Wamsley/NPR hide caption

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Thanks to the 'tripledemic,' it can be hard to find kids' fever-reducing medicines

Makers of products like Children's Tylenol say they're trying to keep up with big demand as RSV, flu, and COVID spread. But medical experts note that kids' fevers don't always call for medicine.

A resident looks out from her doorway as a soldier takes part in an operation in search of gang members, in Soyapango, El Salvador, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. The government of El Salvador sent 10,000 soldiers and police to seal off Soyapango, on the outskirts of the nation's capital Saturday. Salvador Melendez/AP hide caption

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El Salvador has sent 10,000 police to seal off a town and search for gang members

The operation is one of the largest mobilizations yet in President Nayib Bukele's crackdown on street gangs.

USA defender Walker Zimmerman (#3) fights for the ball with Netherlands' forward Memphis Depay during the 2022 World Cup round of 16 match at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on December 3, 2022. Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S.'s 2022 World Cup run is over after falling to the Netherlands, 3-1

The Dutch were favored and higher-ranked but the U.S. had found ways to keep moving on during the World Cup. But the Netherlands' high-powered offense was too much for the Americans.

Zooey Zephyr, state Rep.-elect for the 100th district of the Montana House of Representatives, is the first openly trans woman to be elected in the state legislature. Zephyr poses for a portrait at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C., on Dec. 2, 2022. Keren Carrión/NPR hide caption

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After record election year, some LGBTQ lawmakers face a new challenge: GOP majorities

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Montana state Rep.-elect Zooey Zephyr is the first openly trans woman elected to the state legislature. She and other lawmakers across the country are now faced with trying to curb anti-LGBTQ bills.

After record election year, some LGBTQ lawmakers face a new challenge: GOP majorities

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Statues at the site of the discovery of two dozen well-preserved bronze statues from an ancient Tuscan thermal spring in San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy on Nov. 3. Italian Ministry of Culture hide caption

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The discovery of ancient bronze statues in Italy may rewrite Etruscan and Roman history

The discoveries shed light on what the Italian Culture Ministry calls a "unique multicultural and multilingual haven of peace" between Etruscans and Romans at a time when they were mostly at war.

Discovery of ancient bronze statues in Italy may rewrite Etruscan and Roman history

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South Korean women take part in a march supporting feminism during a protest to mark International Women's Day in Seoul on March 8, 2019. Anti-feminism has been on the rise, turbocharged this year by President Yoon Suk Yeol. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Feminists are protesting against the wave of anti-feminism that's swept South Korea

Many men in South Korea claim to be victims of gender discrimination, a movement turbocharged by President Yoon. Meanwhile, women lag far behind men in pay and face unrealistic beauty standards.

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Dear Life Kit: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

Between long-held traditions, unfair expectations and clashing personalities, the holidays can be a perfect storm for conflict. Therapist John Kim helps untangle three holiday conundrums.

Dear Life Kit: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

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Republican U.S. Rep-elect Mike Lawler, who eked out a narrow win in New York's Hudson Valley, has said he'd work closely with all members of the U.S. House, including progressive Democrats. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Republicans won House seats in blue New York. Those wins could help shape Congress

A relative red wave in New York U.S. House races helped tip the balance of power in Congress. But several winners were moderate Republicans with little appetite for far-right provocation.

Republicans won House seats in blue New York. Those wins could help shape Congress

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Farmer Alex Millershaski watches the wind blow a handful of dry, sandy soil across one of his wheat fields. His county in southwest Kansas just experienced its driest October on record. David Condos/Kansas News Service hide caption

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From deadly wildfires to decimated harvests, this historically dry year left a mark across the U.S.

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For the hardest hit areas, such as the Great Plains, recovering from the drought won't be easy.

Daddy Yankee helped build a global market for reggaeton — but he also illustrated how much political power the genre wields. Victor Bizar Gomez for NPR hide caption

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Daddy Yankee led reggaeton's global rise. As he bows out, the genre enters a new era

'The Big Boss' took a genre from working-class neighborhoods and turned it into a commercial powerhouse. But as the trailblazer retires, reggaeton meets a new moment for rebellion and experimentation.

Residents wearing masks wait at a public bus stop in Beijing on Saturday. Chinese authorities announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing no longer requiring negative tests to take public transport. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Beijing and other cities in China end required COVID-19 tests for public transit

The slight relaxation of testing requirements comes follows protests across China by residents frustrated by the rigid enforcement of anti-virus restrictions.

Health workers sit at a check-in table at a pop-up mpox vaccination clinic which opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library on August 3, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on August 1st over the mpox outbreak. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Mpox will not be renewed as a public health emergency next year

Cases of Mpox, which was previously named monkeypox, peaked in August and fell steadily over the past months to a daily average of seven new cases by the end of November.

Alexis Mukwedi tested positive for sleeping sickness during a two-day mobile screening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He had complained about nervous tics and fatigue. Xavier Vaheed-DNDi hide caption

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With one dose, new drug may cure sleeping sickness. Could it also wipe it out?

This often fatal disease found in many African countries is painful and lengthy to treat. But a single oral dose proved incredibly effective in a clinical trial, raising hopes of eradication.

Anish Adhikari, now 26, worked construction jobs in Qatar for 33 months in the lead-up to the World Cup. In this 2021 photo, he poses inside the new Lusail stadium, which he helped build and which will host the World Cup final on Dec. 18. Adhikari says the Nepali agent who got him the job misled him about working conditions in Qatar: "They sell a dream that's not reality." Anish Adhikari hide caption

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Death and dishonesty: Stories of two workers who built the World Cup stadiums in Qatar

Vinod Kumar of India and Anish Adhikari of Nepal are among the many migrant workers who helped build the stadiums. Adhikari says he was misled about working conditions. Kumar died on the job.

Death and dishonesty: Stories of two workers who built the World Cup stadiums in Qatar

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