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A working gas well head is fenced in just opposite of a home in Dish, Texas. Dish is about 30 miles north of Fort Worth. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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William Reigle has fibrosis, a disease that may be aggravated by nearby fracking. He's one of more than 2 million Pennsylvanians who get their health care from Geisinger Health System. The system wants to use its extensive database of patient records to study the health impact of natural gas production. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Abby Mahoney, 13, has Asperger's syndrome. She says she has memorized nearly everything there is to know about Star Wars. Her enthusiasm for the subject helped make her the target of a bullying boy. Courtesy of the Mahoney family hide caption

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Researchers studied baboons, including this one, and found that with training, they could distinguish real four-letter English words from four letters that weren't a word. Joel Fagot/Science/AAAS hide caption

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Environmental groups say a ban would protect consumers from the health effects of BPA that leaches from products including some soup cans. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Feds Reject Petition To Ban BPA In Food

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This image shows the grid structure of the major pathways of the brain. It was created using a scanner that's part of the Human Connectome Project, a five-year effort which is studying and mapping the human brain. MGH-UCLA Human Connectome Project hide caption

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Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney clashed often during Wednesday's GOP debate. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Inconsistency: The Real Hobgoblin

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Pinwheels like these are often used to test nerve responses. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Addicts' Brains May Be Wired At Birth For Less Self-Control

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Chris Stephens, 28, who has been battling depression all of his life, plays with his dogs at home in Concord, Calif., on Friday. After a dose of ketamine, Stephens says, "I actually wanted to do things. I wanted to live life." Lianne Milton for NPR hide caption

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'I Wanted To Live': New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases

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Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for decades. It's also a widely popular but illegal club drug known as "Special K." When administered in low doses, patients report a rapid reduction in depression symptoms. Huw Golledge/flickr hide caption

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Even in the remote Faroe Islands, some children have high levels of perfluorinated compounds in their blood. The chemicals may interfere with the immune system. Stig Nygaard/Flickr hide caption

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