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Earlier this month, California utility PG&E shut down power for about 800,000 customers in north and central California. The move was meant to prevent wildfires caused by their equipment during high winds. MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images hide caption

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Energy

Are Blackouts The Future For California?

Residents are wondering whether widespread power outages are the future and whether they're the only way to prevent wildfires. New technology may help prevent them if utilities are willing to invest.

An e-bike resembles a regular bicycle, with its batteries and electric motor integrated into the bike's frame. Enthusiasts see e-bikes on national park trails as a great thing, but some traditional riders and environmentalists see big problems ahead. Mark Arehart/WKSU hide caption

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Environment

National Parks Trying To Get A Handle On E-Bikes

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National Parks Trying To Get A Handle On E-Bikes

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The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program seeks to develop devices that will automatically detect when a driver is intoxicated with a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal limit. Courtesy of Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program hide caption

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Business

A Push To Have Cars Say 'No' To Drunk Drivers

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A Push To Have Cars Say 'No' To Drunk Drivers

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Earlier this month, California utility PG&E shut down power for about 800,000 customers in north and central California. The move was meant to prevent wildfires caused by their equipment during high winds. MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images hide caption

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Are Blackouts The Future For California?

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Are Blackouts The Future For California?

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Scientists are exploring a new technique, called prime editing, that is more precise than CRISPR and which uses certain enzymes, including reverse transcriptase, to edit DNA. Evan Oto/Science Source hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Scientists Create New, More Powerful Technique To Edit Genes

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Scientists Create New, More Powerful Technique To Edit Genes

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Hilary Swank (left) and Chloe Sevigny starred in Boys Don't Cry, a fictionalized portrayal of the transgender youth Brandon Teena (played by Swank). Getty Images hide caption

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20 Years Later, 'Boys Don't Cry' Still Inspires Admiration And Debate

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