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NASA astronauts (from left) Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Chris Cassidy are the U.S. members of the Expedition 63 crew aboard the International Space Station. Behnken and Hurley are scheduled to return to Earth on Aug. 2. NASA hide caption

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Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence To Study Elephant Calls

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New Study Finds Expanded Jobless Benefits Don't Reduce Employment

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Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, holds a model of the coronavirus. This is the sixth vaccine candidate to join Operation Warp Speed's portfolio, and the largest vaccine deal to date. Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A scientist is pictured working during a visit by Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (unseen), to Oxford Vaccine Group's laboratory facility at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, west of London on June 24, 2020, on his visit to learn more about the group's work to establish a viable vaccine against coronavirus COVID-19. STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Air pollution is a persistent problem in California's Central Valley. A new study finds that the places that were most polluted nearly 40 years ago generally remain the most polluted today. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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On the left is an unmodified hatchling of a longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii). The one on the right was injected with CRISPR-Cas9 targeting a pigmentation gene before the first cell division. It has very few pigmented cells and lighter eyes. Karen Crawford hide caption

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The 1st Gene-Altered Squid Has Thrilled Biologists

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Lillian Kay Petersen, 17, from Los Alamos, N.M., won first place in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, a science and math competition for high school seniors. The pandemic meant a virtual Zoom ceremony rather than what's usually a black-tie gala ceremony in the nation's capital. Society for Science screenshot hide caption

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High School Senior's Tool To End Food Insecurity Wins National Competition

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Blood plasma — the yellowish, cell-free portion that remains after red and white blood cells have been filtered out by a machine and returned to the plasma donor — is rich with antibodies. Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients might prove useful in preventing infection as well as in treatment, scientists say. Lindsey Wasson/Reuters hide caption

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Harvested Antibodies Now Being Tested As A Prevention Tool Against COVID-19

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"People are not very good with large numbers," says Elke Weber, a professor of psychology at Princeton University. "We don't discriminate between 150,000 or 300,000 or 3 million." Malte Mueller/Getty Images/fStop hide caption

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Why We Grow Numb To Staggering Statistics — And What We Can Do About It

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People wait in line outside a testing site in Florida. The state has seen unprecedented surges in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Pandemic Is Overwhelming U.S. Public Health Capacity In Many States. What Now?

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'Hidden Brain': How Psychology Was Misused In Teen's Murder Case

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Michael Conley, who is deaf, models a mask that has a transparent panel in San Diego on June 3. Face coverings can make communication harder for people who rely on reading lips, and that has spurred a slew of startups and volunteers to make masks with plastic windows. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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Demand Surges For See-Through Face Masks As Pandemic Swells

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Australian fingerlimes, related to citrus are gaining popularity as an exotic fruit. Miguel Canahuati. /Miguel Canahuati. hide caption

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Exotic Australian Fruit May Help Save Florida's Citrus Industry

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