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Rainelle, W.Va., flooded in June 2016. Research has found that disasters can erode family stability and exacerbate mental and physical ailments when people don't have the money they need to repair their homes. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Millions Of U.S. Homes Face An Expensive Flooding Threat

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A cuttlefish swims in an aquarium at the Scientific Center of Kuwait in 2016. Cuttlefish showed impressive self-control in an adaptation of the classic "marshmallow test." Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Cuttlefish Are Smarter Than We Thought

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Agnes Boisvert, an ICU nurse at St. Luke's hospital in downtown Boise, Idaho, spends every day trying to navigate between two worlds. One is a swirl of beeping monitors, masked emotion and death; the other, she says, seems oblivious to the horrors occurring every hour of every day. Isabel Seliger for NPR hide caption

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Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif., September 2020. California announced theme parks, sports arenas and stadiums will be allowed to open on April 1 if they meet health requirements at the county level. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Lisa Mosconi: How Does Menopause Affect The Brain?

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Sandrine Thuret: How Can Adults Grow New Brain Cells?

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In early September 2020, Seattle, Wash., had some of the worst air quality in the world because of wildfire smoke. The city was among the first to create smoke shelters for the most vulnerable. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in an interview with NPR on Wednesday that the nation is fighting headwinds in the effort to end the pandemic from new variants of the virus and state rollbacks of coronavirus restrictions. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Kevin Chen, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, envisions a time when his insect-sized drone could be used as a search and rescue robot — to find survivors in disaster debris that bigger drones couldn't reach. Kevin Yufeng Chen hide caption

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Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

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First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Conn. Mandel Ngan/AP hide caption

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New Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Wants Schools Open 'As Soon As Possible'

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A gas ring on a household stove powered by natural gas is seen alight. In many states across the US, efforts to limit natural gas are being stymied by legislation. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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The Fight Over The Future Of Natural Gas

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A nurse in the emergency department of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital dons personal protective equipment before entering the room of a patient suspected of having coronavirus in Leonardtown, Maryland. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Utahraptor skull reconstruction by Rob Gaston of Gaston Design incorporating some material from the Utahraptor megablock. Utah Geological Survey hide caption

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Utah Considers State Park Named For Utahraptor Dinosaur

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A computer-generated unfolding sequence of sealed letter DB-1538. New research describes how "virtual unfolding" was used to read the contents of sealed letter packets from 17th century Europe without physically opening them. Unlocking History Research Group hide caption

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Reading A Letter That's Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years — Without Opening It

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A nurse administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Kedren Community Health Center, in South Central Los Angeles, California on February 16, 2021. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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