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Though his politics are right of center and he lobbied hard against the Affordable Care Act, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also has been key to passing several landmark health laws with bipartisan support. Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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How Sen. Orrin Hatch Shaped America's Health Care In Controversial Ways

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Researchers say human brains can become overwhelmed by cute traits, such as large eyes and small noses, embodied by movie characters like Bambi. Disney Junior/Disney Channel via Getty Images hide caption

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When Too Cute Is Too Much, The Brain Can Get Aggressive

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Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, known as the "Mother" of Hubble, died at 93. Courtesy of NASA hide caption

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Nancy Grace Roman, 'Mother Of Hubble' Space Telescope, Has Died, At Age 93

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In this photo from March, a North Atlantic right whale feeds off the coast of Massachusetts. A new North Atlantic right whale calf was just spotted — and it's the first calf sighting in over a year. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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How Environmental Policies Fared In Trump's Cross Hairs In 2018

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The Trump administration EPA says regulations to reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants are too costly and should no longer be considered legally "appropriate and necessary." Matt Brown/AP hide caption

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A selection of NPR's memorable visual stories includes reporting at the U.S. and Mexico border, how birds-to-be get oxygen, a revival of a drag festival, looking into the the history of "This Little Light of Mine," tracking which suburban congressional districts that Democrats turned from red to blue and melodic drumming. Claire Harbage, Skunk Bear, Mengwen Cao for NPR, Angela Hsieh, Sean McMinn and Jazz Night In America/NPR hide caption

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Fresh Starts: Tales Of Renewal For A New Year

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The devastation from Hurricane Michael over Mexico Beach, Fla. A massive federal report released in November warns that climate change is fueling extreme weather disasters like hurricanes and wildfires. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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The Unregulated Terrain Of Gene-Editing Technology

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A moment from Embodied Labs' virtual reality video of Clay Crowder, a fictional 66-year-old man with incurable lung cancer. In this scene, Clay's family gathers around his bed, reassuring him that it's OK to let go of life. Embodied Labs hide caption

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Ash spewing from Mount Etna is seen from the Italian city of Catania on Monday. A 4.8 magnitude earthquake followed, early Wednesday morning. Marco Restivo/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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A cubesat, like this briefcase-sized MarCO, was key to relaying telemetry during the recent InSight mission to Mars. It was the first time this kind of mini-spacecraft had flown into deep space. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Next For Tiny Satellites?

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