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Scientists hope the larvae of the darkling beetle — nicknamed "superworms" — might solve the world's trash crisis thanks to their uncanny ability to eat polystyrene. The University of Queensland hide caption

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How 'superworms' could help solve the trash crisis

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There are a number of initiatives in the works to address PFAS in drinking water. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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PFAS 'forever chemicals' are everywhere. Here's what you should know about them

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A dolphin's sense of echolocation allows it to coordinate efforts to hunt prey, see "through" other creatures and form three-dimensional shapes using sound. Raymond Roig/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The human sensory experience is limited. Journey into the world that animals know

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A mother holds her 1-year-old son as he receives the child Covid-19 vaccine in his thigh at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Mass., on June 21, 2022. The temple was one of the first sites in the state to offer vaccinations to anyone in the public. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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K-9 Officer Teddy Santos watches Huntah as she checks a classroom at Freetown Elementary School. If she detects COVID, she will sit. Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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'Smell Ya Later, COVID!' How Dogs Are Helping Schools Stay COVID-free

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Beech trees seen from the forest floor. This image was taken in a forest named Bøkeskogen in Larvik city, Norway. Baac3nes/Getty Images hide caption

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A plume of smoke from the Black Fire rises over the Gila National Forest. Philip Connors watched the fire grow and creep closer to his fire lookout post. Philip Connors/Philip Connors hide caption

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A New Mexico firewatcher describes watching his world burn

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The cover of Cylita Guy's children book, illustrated by Cornelia Li, Chasing Bats & Tracking Rats: Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities. Annick Press hide caption

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The omicron variant, though much more contagious than the delta strain, is still prevalent in the U.S. but is less likely than delta to cause long COVID, according to a new study. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Omicron poses about half the risk of long COVID as delta, new research finds

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A female bear and two 1-year-old cubs walk over snow-covered freshwater glacier ice in Southeast Greenland. Kristin Laidre hide caption

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In a place with little sea ice, polar bears have found another way to hunt

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The Pest Informer is offering to pay a handful of volunteers $2,000 to release roughly 100 American cockroaches into their homes for a study on pest control treatments. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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The Soyuz-2.1a rocket booster with cargo transportation spacecraft Progress МS-20 blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, June 3, 2022. AP hide caption

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Encore: Scientists hope a volcano's song could contain clues to its future eruptions

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