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Endophytes are microbes that live inside plants — the ones tagged with a fluorescent dye in this image are found in poplars. The microbes gather nitrogen from the air, turning it into a form plants can use, a process called nitrogen fixation. Researchers are looking at how these microbes could be used to help crops like rice and corn make their own fertilizer. Sam Scharffenberger hide caption

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Restaurant workers dole out chicken fricassee at the "Taste of EatLafayette" festival in the sprawling Cajundome arena in Lafayette, Louisiana. Locals say Bourdain captured the subtleties of their culture and cuisine, even if at times some thought he overemphasized alcohol. Daniella Cheslow hide caption

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Cristina Reyes Clark is part of an emerging movement in El Salvador that is composed of young chefs integrating traditional foods into contemporary cuisine. Massimo Ceresol hide caption

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Crowds descend on the town square outside the historic Santo Domingo de Guzmán Catholic Church in Oaxaca City, the capital of Oaxaca, Mexico, for an annual festival to celebrate James the Apostle, patron saint of the town of Niltepec. Surrounding this bucolic scene was a different story: It was teacher's strike season – the bane of Oaxaca's restaurateurs. Gustavo Arellano/for NPR hide caption

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If you are bitten by a Lone Star tick, you could develop an unusual allergy to red meat. And as this tick's territory spreads beyond the Southeast, the allergy seems to be spreading with it. Robert Noonan/Science Source hide caption

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Red Meat Allergies Caused By Tick Bites Are On The Rise

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The owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Va., asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave Friday night. It is not the first time politics has played a role in Trump aides' public dinner plans. Daniel Lin/AP hide caption

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As Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen dined at a Mexican restaurant on Tuesday, 15 protesters chanted, "If kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace!" Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Puerto Rican residents received food and water from FEMA after Hurricane Maria, but many complained that some boxes were stuffed with candy and salty snacks, not meals. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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The steel used to build lobster traps like these, stacked up outside a fish market on Martha's Vineyard, is getting pricier, thanks to new tariffs. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Got Lobster? Trump's Steel Tariffs Threaten Trap Industry

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More than 2,100 drug felons were denied SNAP benefits in West Virginia in 2016. The number has more than tripled during the past decade. Patrick Strattner/Getty Images hide caption

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A study finds light drinkers have the lowest combined risk of getting cancer and dying prematurely — lower than nondrinkers. Alcohol is estimated to be the third-largest contributor to overall cancer deaths. Westend61/Getty Images hide caption

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Drinking Alcohol Can Raise Cancer Risk. How Much Is Too Much?

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Rice within the octagon in this field is part of an experiment to grow rice under different levels of carbon dioxide. Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan hide caption

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As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

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The Princess Theatre in Lexington, Tenn., has been a staple in the community for a century. For many residents, it holds a special place in their memories. Megan Harris hide caption

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A 50-Year-Old Popcorn Machine Feeds Nostalgia At The Movies

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