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The discovery of several of the heaviest elements, including tennessine, was confirmed at the Joint Institute For Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. SVF2/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption

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Chinese Scientist He Jiankui Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Editing Human Genes

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Electrical Field May Speed Wound Healing By Encouraging Cell Regeneration

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The Decade In Science

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Tracing Your Family's Roots May Soon Get A Lot More Expensive

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Why An Agile Anchovy Isn't Able To Escape A Ponderous Whale

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Children play around trees downed by Cyclone Idai at the Guara Guara resettlement site in Mozambique, where thousands of people are still living more than nine months after the storm. NicholeSobecki/VII for NPR hide caption

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Mozambique Is Racing To Adapt To Climate Change. The Weather Is Winning

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