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Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:55:00 -0500

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.


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Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct? The Answer Might Lie In Their Toes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:36:00 -0500

Billions of these birds once flew over North America, but the last known passenger pigeon died in 1914. To try to figure out what happened, scientists analyzed DNA from the toes of birds in museums.


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When Will Power Come Back To Puerto Rico? Depends Who You Ask

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:02:00 -0500

These days, Puerto Rico's monumental power restoration effort involves helicopters dropping 100-foot towers into the mountains and a "big dance" of crews, equipment and expertise.


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Trainers, Lawyers Say Sexual Harassment Training Fails

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:30:00 -0500

The primary reason most harassment training fails is that both managers and workers regard it as a pro forma exercise aimed at limiting the employer's legal liability, trainers and lawyers say.


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Texas Shooter's History Raises Questions About Mental Health And Mass Murder

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:17:00 -0500

President Trump says the Texas shooting shows that mental health is a "problem of the highest order." This comes amid a debate about mental illness, guns, and his own record on mental health programs.


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Why Is The Opioid Epidemic Overwhelmingly White?

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 17:43:00 -0400

The opioid epidemic is ravaging large parts of the American population. But some races are being hit harder than others. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, a drug abuse expert, explains why that might be the case.


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When Election Day Comes And There's Only One Candidate On The Ballot

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A political scientist says it's a bad sign for democracy when voters aren't presented with at least two options in a race. And the problem tends to get worse the further down ballot a race is.


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