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Robots, Not Humans, Are The New Space Explorers

Landing a man on the moon captures the public's imagination. But in the decades after the Apollo program, robots have also generated public excitement about space exploration.

A decade ago, it seemed inevitable that every newborn would get a complete gene scan. But there are technical challenges and practical concerns. Brooke Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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The Promises And Pitfalls Of Gene Sequencing For Newborns

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This illustration shows NASA's Cassini above Saturn's northern hemisphere before making one of its "Grand Finale" dives. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Robots, Not Humans, Are The New Space Explorers

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Located between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has become a big tourist draw since its designation in 1996. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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When Everybody Wants A Piece Of 'God's Country'

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A cocuy drink made with pepper sauce and fruit juice on a local bar in Barquisimeto. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Many Venezuelans Can No Longer Afford Beer, So They're Drinking Cheap Agave Liquor

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Chief Justice John Roberts is positioning the Supreme Court in a way that has both conservatives and liberals complaining and wondering what exactly Roberts is trying to do. Jabin Botsford/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Fear And Loathing At The Supreme Court — What Is Chief Justice John Roberts Up To?

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A federal judge has denied the Justice Department's request to change the lineup of lawyers involved in the lawsuits over the Trump administration's push to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census forms. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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Judge Says Administration Can't Change Lawyers In Census Citizenship Question Case

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