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About 1 In 5 Households In U.S. Cities Miss Needed Medical Care During Pandemic

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'Scientific American' Breaks 175 Years Of Tradition, Endorses A Presidential Nominee

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Scientists used light to control the firing of specific cells to artificially create a rhythm in the brain that acted like the drug ketamine enjoynz/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Say A Mind-Bending Rhythm In The Brain Can Act Like Ketamine

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People wait for a bus in August in East Los Angeles. Latinos have the highest rate of labor force participation of any group in California — many in public-facing jobs deemed essential. That work has put them at higher risk of catching the coronavirus. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A child washes her hands at a day care center in Connecticut last month. A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the great majority are children of color. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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Images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory highlight the appearance of the sun at solar minimum (left, December 2019) versus solar maximum (right, April 2014). NASA hide caption

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More than 140 billion liters of fresh water are estimated to be flushed down the toilet every day. Paolo Cordoni / EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Social psychologist Keith Payne says we have a bias toward comparing ourselves to people who have more than us, rather than those who have less Marcus Butt/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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The images used to create this view of Venus were acquired by the Mariner 10 craft on Feb. 7 and 8, 1974. Decades after the Mariner 2 flew by the planet in 1962, much about the planet remains unknown. NASA hide caption

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A Possible Sign Of Life Right Next Door To Earth, On Venus

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Nearly two decades after the 2002 Hayman fire in Colorado, this high-severity burn area near Cheesman Lake is still treeless. Michael Elizabeth Sakas/CPR News hide caption

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The appointment of a climate change denier to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration comes as Americans face profound threats stoked by climate change, from the vast, deadly wildfires in the West to an unusually active hurricane season in the South and East. Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images hide caption

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Earlier in the week, AstraZeneca had paused worldwide studies of its candidate vaccine after one U.K. participant developed symptoms consistent with the spinal cord inflammation known as transverse myelitis. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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A COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Only 50% Effective. Is That Good Enough?

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Towns are being decimated by wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington. A sign warning of impending fire danger is posted on Thursday in Estacada, Ore. Nathan Howard/Getty Images hide caption

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Wildfires Have Gone From Bad To Worse — And More Are Inevitable

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As COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Move At Warp Speed, Recruiting Black Volunteers Takes Time

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Fukushima Has Turned These Grandparents Into Avid Radiation Testers

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