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WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:25

MIT researchers unveiled a Soft Robotic Fish prototype in hopes of boosting aquatic observation. It can wiggle like a fish, dive to 18 meters, work autonomously — and hopefully avoid getting eaten.

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Congress Unveils $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:19

The spending bill includes dozens of unrelated policy "riders" added by party leaders in closely-held negotiations.

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'Amazing' News About The Awful Guinea Worm

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:56

Despite an ongoing civil war, South Sudan has successfully stopped transmission of the horrific parasite. The milestone means the worm is circulating in only three countries.

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Cambridge Analytica's Role In Trump's 2016 Campaign Raises Potential Legal Flags

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:42

The British firm, which worked for President Trump's campaign, gathered data from as many as 50 million Facebook users. Did it break the limits on what foreign nationals can do in U.S. campaigns?

Why An Imperfect HIV Vaccine Could Be Better Than None At All

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:22

Public health interventions and antiviral drugs have put HIV on the ropes in the U.S. But it's unlikely that infections can be wiped out without a vaccine.

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Kobach Trial Ends, Judge Now Deliberating On Kansas Voting

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:13

The trial has ended in the lawsuit alleging Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's requirements to register to vote in his state are unreasonable. A federal judge will rule on the suit by the fall.

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Abducted By Boko Haram, Now Posing With Lady Liberty In Times Square

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:09

Hauwa and Ya Kaka aren't typical teens. This month they came to the U.S. to speak up for the thousands of abductees still being held. But they also made time for tourist fun.

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March A Fairweather Friend As Serious Storms Hit East And West Coasts

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:56

A rough start to spring for residents on both sides of the country. Southern Californians braced for rain and potential mudslides while residents of the Northeast dealt with heavy snow Wednesday.

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Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science?

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:40

If you're a rock band, and thousands of teachers and students are using your hugely popular music videos in the classroom, Why not help them out?

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Mark Anthony Conditt: What We Know About The Austin Bombing Suspect

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:29

With a bombing spree seemingly over, interest now turns to the chief suspect in the case who is believed to have struck fear and anxiety into thousands of people.

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March 21 Is The Busiest Day On The U.N. Calendar

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:09

There are five — count 'em — five special events, from World Poetry Day to International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Have You Herd? Farmer Writes A Memoo Using Cows And Satellite Imagery

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:49

A Kansas farmer is becoming somewhat of a celebrity for making agriculture-themed pop-music parodies and calling his cattle by playing Lorde's "Royals" on the trombone. Now, he's making space cow art.

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Forum: How Discrimination Damages Health In LGBTQ Communities

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:41

How do LGBTQ adults experience discrimination and how does it impact their health? Join us for a discussion with experts in a webcast from Harvard's Chan School of Public Health at noon ET Wednesday.

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As The U.S. Debates Gun Laws, So Too Does Canada

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:35

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced "common sense gun laws" to help stem the flow of illegal guns from the U.S. However, rights advocates have vowed to fight the law.

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Austin Victims Remembered For Resilience, Radiating Positivity

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:33

Draylen Mason was funny, a longtime friend said, because he said what "everyone else is scared to say." Anthony Stephan House was able to put bitterness aside and move forward, friends say.

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Senators Hold Election Security Hearing After Releasing Recommendations For 2018

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:03

Top intelligence and election officials are being grilled by senators on Wednesday about what they need to improve to secure voting in the U.S.

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Top Stories: Austin Bombing Suspect Dead; New Fed Chairman

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:44

Also: A fourth nor'easter strikes the East Coast; Illinois' primary election is complete; and wreckage of a World War II ship is found that may have carried the five Sullivan brothers.

Fed's New Chairman Steps Into Spotlight Amid An Expected Rate Increase

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:02

The central bank is expected to raise its key interest rate for the first time under Jerome Powell. Economists wonder if faster economic growth will mean more aggressive rate hikes.

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Invisibilia: They Risked Their Lives To Bring Music Back

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:00

When Somalia decided to start a reality show with a singing competition, there was a major problem. Singing in public could bring on the wrath of al-Shabab.

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White Skin, Black Emojis?

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:00

This week on Ask Code Switch: Is it OK for a white teenager to use emojis that don't match her skin color? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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