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A portion of Australia's Great Barrier Reef photographed from the International Space Station. The Flinders Reef area of the Great Barrier Reef is one of 11 sites around the world where scientists are looking for decisive geological evidence of a new epoch called the anthropocene. M. Justin Wilkinson, Texas State U., Jacobs Contract at NASA-JSC/NASA hide caption

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Drawing A Line In The Mud: Scientists Debate When 'Age Of Humans' Began

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Alvin is recovered to the research vessel Atlantis after a dive. Photo by Luis Lamar, ?Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution hide caption

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A Quick Dive Into How Submarines Work

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Lightning may have played a key role in the emergence of life on Earth. Nolan Caldwell/Getty Images hide caption

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How A Building Block Of Life Got Created In A Flash

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Conservation work on the basket in the Israel Antiquities Authority's laboratories. Yaniv Berman/Israel Antiquities Authority hide caption

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Archaeologists Discover Additional Dead Sea Scroll Fragments In Desert Caves

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Five bonobos at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against COVID-19. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance hide caption

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Zoo Vaccinates Apes To Protect Both Animals And Humans From COVID-19

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Aedes scapularis mosquitoes can carry yellow fever and are well-established in two South Florida counties. Lawrence Reeves, UF/IFAS hide caption

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Scientists Find New Invasive Mosquito Species In Florida

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Planetary scientist Roger Fu hikes through the Pilbara region of Australia, looking for rock samples that are billions of years old. Alec Brenner hide caption

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What Earth Looked Like 3.2 Billion Years Ago

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The International Atomic Energy Agency has been responsible for policing the Iran deal. It has sealed some equipment, preventing its use, and installed cameras and other electronic monitoring. AFP/IRNA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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With Iranian Nuclear Deal In Limbo, Some Worry Inspectors Will Lose Access For Good

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Our Pandemic Future

It's been about a year since the coronavirus pandemic started to take hold in the United States. Recently, NPR science correspondent Rob Stein has been talking to infectious disease experts, epidemiologists, public health officials, medical historians and for the first time, many are cautiously offering hope. They say the worst may be finally over — but factors like vaccination rates, changes to public health policy and variant resistance to vaccines could upend that recovery.

Our Pandemic Future

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Even with some colleges canceling their midsemester breaks due to COVID-19, students from more than 200 schools are expected to visit Miami Beach during spring break, which runs until mid-April. Eva Marie Uzcatequi/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Planning A Spring Break? These 5 Tips Can Help Minimize Risk

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People are wondering if alcohol in between vaccine doses might have an impact on your body's reaction to the vaccination. Michele Abercrombie/NPR hide caption

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A Year Into The Pandemic, The Incarcerated Among The Most Vulnerable

In the year since the pandemic began, the coronavirus has severely impacted inmates and staff in U.S. jails and prisons. According to The Marshall Project, in the last year, over 380,000 prisoners tested positive for the coronavirus. Of those, 2,400 died. The close quarters make social distancing nearly impossible, leaving the incarcerated population vulnerable.

A Year Into The Pandemic, The Incarcerated Among The Most Vulnerable

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A plague doctor in protective clothing. The beak mask was filled with incense thought to purify air and the cane was used to avoid touching patients. Artwork by Paul Furst. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Watch The Winners Of The 'Dance Your Ph.D' Contest Make Cloud Formation Catchy

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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CDC's Do's and Don'ts For Fully Vaccinated People

The CDC released new guidance Monday, allowing people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to resume some pre-pandemic activities, including gathering indoors with other vaccinated people without wearing masks. Health correspondent Allison Aubrey walks us through the new recommendations and what precautions fully vaccinated people still need to take.

CDC's Do's and Don'ts For Fully Vaccinated People

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Thousands of snow geese take flight near Conway, Wash., in 2019. The Biden administration is reversing a policy under former President Donald Trump that drastically weakened protections for most U.S. bird species. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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A school of horse-eye jacks is circled by reef and lemon sharks near Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. Andre Seale/VW PICS/Universal Images Group hide caption

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One Key To Healthy Oceans? Sharks

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People wait in line for Fiesta Mart to open after the store lost electricity in Austin, Texas on February 17, 2021. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images hide caption

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How Giant Batteries Are Protecting The Most Vulnerable In Blackouts

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Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, the subject of Walter Isaacson's new biography The Code Breaker, shared a Nobel prize in chemistry in 2020 for the part she played in developing the CRISPR gene editing technology. Nick Otto/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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CRISPR Scientist's Biography Explores Ethics Of Rewriting The Code Of Life

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