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As Insurers Offer Discounts For Fitness Trackers, Wearers Should Step With Caution

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Last week J.D. Kleopfer, a state herpetologist, announced the death of a two-headed copperhead snake in Northern Virginia on social media. He said it was a discovery that few of his colleagues have seen. J.D. Kleopfer/Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries hide caption

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David Baron: Why Should You Experience A Total Solar Eclipse?

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Ingrid Fetell Lee: How Can We Design More Joy Into Our Surroundings?

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Bringing Up Baby

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"Everything is private information, stored on your computer or a computer you designate," says George Church, genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, about the approach of Nebula Genomics. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker hide caption

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Startup Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It

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People who are sensitive to the bitterness of caffeine tend to drink more coffee than others, while people sensitive to bitter flavors like quinine drink less coffee, according to a new study. Dimitri Otis/Getty Images hide caption

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Neanderthals are believed to have relied on dangerous close range hunting techniques, using non-projectile weapons like the thrusting spears depicted in this artist's rendition. Gleiver Prieto & Katerina Harvati hide caption

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Downtown Houston flooded by rain from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017. The buildings in the region exacerbated rainfall from the storm, according to a new study. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly To Blame

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This bright meteor was seen in the sky above Wrightwood, Calif., during the Leonid meteor storm of 1966. Storms are more intense than showers, but every year Leonid meteors streak across the night sky in November. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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Helping a spouse or parent who has dementia steer clear of hazards can include ridding the home of all guns. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

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Forged in 1879 and sanctioned by the General Conference on Weights and Measures at its first meeting, Le Grand K, the international prototype of the kilogram, has been kept under lock and key in a vault outside Paris. BIPM hide caption

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Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

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Zipcode Destiny: The Persistent Power Of Place And Education

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