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Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is shown to be extremely effective in young teenagers. Esteban Felix/AP hide caption

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Race To Immunize Tightens As Cases Rise; Promising Vaccine News Released

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Bonobos Offer Clues To Why Humans Evolved To Value Niceness

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Purple sea urchins have boomed off Northern California, destroying kelp forests that provide a crucial ecosystem. Steve Lonhart/NOAA MBNMS hide caption

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In Hotter Climate, 'Zombie' Urchins Are Winning And Kelp Forests Are Losing

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Lightning strikes on August 5, 2005 southwest of Barstow, California David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Fulgurite: What A Lightning-Formed Rock May Have Contributed To Life On Earth

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What We Can Learn From Microscopic Life In Antarctica

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Scientists have made new more accurate comparisons between types of atomic clocks. Jun Ye hide caption

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Scientists Get Closer To Redefining The Length Of A Second

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Researchers Are One Step Closer To Redefining The Second

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Naturalist Traces The 'Astounding' Flyways Of Migratory Birds

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Google is one of the companies investing in building quantum computers. Google hide caption

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Is The Future Quantum?

NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel takes us to IonQ, one of the companies betting on a quantum computing future. Along the way, Geoff explains what little researchers know about how we might actually use this technology. There are hints though quantum computing could change everything from discovering new drugs to developing advanced materials.

Is The Future Quantum?

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A Cultural Triumph: Microbiology Student Makes A Petri Dish Masterpiece

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab shows the orbital trajectory of the asteroid Apophis as it will pass by Earth in 2029. This week the space agency announced that the asteroid poses no risk of impact to Earth within the next century. Screenshot by NPR/JPLraw via YouTube hide caption

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Lava flows down from the crater of Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano, as seen from Tunggul Arum in the city of Turi near Yogyakarta early Saturday. Agung Supriyanto/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Vaccinated College Students Will Help Answer Critical Question About COVID Spread

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