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In the hunt for a male contraceptive, scientists look to stop sperm in their tracks

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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/AP hide caption

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

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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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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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Rescued chickens gather in an aviary at Farm Sanctuary's Southern California Sanctuary on Oct. 5 in Acton, Calif. A wave of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu has entered Southern California, driven by wild bird migration. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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What we know about the deadliest U.S. bird flu outbreak in history

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Arts Week: Physics Meets The Circus

Julia Ruth's job takes a lot of strength, a lot of balance, and a surprising amount of physics. She's a circus artist — and has performed her acrobatic Cyr wheel routine around the world. But before she learned her trade and entered the limelight, she was on a very different career path — she was studying physics. Julia talks with Emily (who also shares a past life in the circus) about her journey from physicist to circus artist, and how she learned her physics-defining acts.

Arts Week: Physics Meets The Circus

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This photo from 2019 provided by the U.S. Air Force/Alaska National Guard photo shows how closely the village of Napakiak, Alaska is at risk of severe erosion by the nearby Kuskokwim River. Emily Farnsworth/AP hide caption

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The silhouette of a person is seen in the middle of a large gallery space at ARTECHOUSE in Washington, DC. Panels covering the surrounding walls and floor are illuminated with artistic projections of neurons. ARTECHOUSE Team hide caption

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Arts Week: The Life Cycle Of A Neuron

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This illustration made available by the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health depicts cells in an Alzheimer's-affected brain. An experimental drug modestly slowed the brain disease's progression, researchers reported Tuesday. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING, NIH/AP hide caption

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Arts Week: The Literary Magazine Dissecting Health And Healing

New York's Bellevue Hospital is the oldest public hospital in the country, serving patients from all walks of life. It's also the home of a literary magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, which is now more than 20 years old. In today's encore episode, NPR arts correspondent Neda Ulaby tells Emily how one doctor at Bellevue Hospital decided a literary magazine is essential to both science and healing.

Arts Week: The Literary Magazine Dissecting Health And Healing

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Kevin Davenport, an aquarist and coral biologist, feeds krill to growing corals in a warehouse for growing and rehabilitating coral populations in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 13. Zack Wittman for NPR hide caption

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Here is what scientists are doing to save Florida's coral reef before it's too late

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NIH Director Francis Collins and Renée Fleming, who is Artistic Advisor at Large for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., sing a duet. Shelby Knowles/NPR hide caption

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Arts Week: How Art Can Heal The Brain

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In this aerial photo released Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Mauna Loa volcano is seen erupting from vents on the Northeast Rift Zone on the Big Island of Hawaii. U.S. Geological Survey via AP hide caption

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Monkeypox is getting a new name: mpox. Here, monkeypox virus particles (orange) are seen within an infected cell (green), after being cultured in a laboratory. The image was produced by a colorized transmission electron micrograph. NIH-NIAID/IMAGE POINT FR/BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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A flower crafted by Nell Greenfieldboyce, at an American Society for Microbiology event highlighting agar art. Aidan Rogers/Edvotek hide caption

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Happy Thanksgiving, All!

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Workers wait to get off an elevator at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine. Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted global supplies of fossil fuels and led to more reliance on coal for electricity in some countries. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Three Takeaways From The COP27 Climate Conference

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Enjot, 45, who lost his house and some of his relatives, walks on Tuesday past the rubble of a building collapsed in Monday's earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia. Tatan Syuflana/AP hide caption

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'The Long COVID Survival Guide' to finding care and community

According to the CDC, out of all the American adults who have had COVID — and that's a lot of us — one in five went on to develop long COVID symptoms. While so many are struggling with this new disease, it can be hard for people to know how to take care of themselves.

'The Long COVID Survival Guide' to finding care and community

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