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New Drugs Could Prevent Migraine Headaches For Some People
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The first drugs designed specifically to prevent migraines have been found safe and effective in studies, but aren't yet FDA approved. Both drugs work by tweaking a brain system involved in pain.

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Scientists Move A Step Closer To Making Synthetic Life
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Bacteria engineered with an expanded genetic alphabet can produce novel proteins, which could lead to the development of new drugs.

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Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History
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In a speech in Utah on Monday, President Trump announced that his administration will shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by roughly 85 percent and the Grand Staircase by about half its size.

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Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk
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The absolute risk is very low. But low-dose formulations of birth control pills and other hormone-releasing contraceptives pose about the same risk to breasts as older formulations, a big study finds.

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Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases
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After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.

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Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers
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While Spanish and Italian growers worry heat will dry out vines, in Germany, warming has made for better Rieslings. And one scientist says they couldn't be making red wine so good otherwise.

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A Tax That Would Hurt Science's Most Valuable — And Vulnerable
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Grad students are the engines of America's scientific and technological prowess — with an amazing return on investment, says professor Adam Frank.

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WATCH: The Hurricane Season, As Shown By Salt, Smoke And Dust
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A NASA visualization uses computer models to show how recent hurricanes shifted salt from the Atlantic, dust from the Sahara and smoke from fires in Portugal and the Pacific Northwest.

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Video: An Interspecies Flying Lesson
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Gorilla naturalist? Barbara J. King suggests watching this young male gorilla in the Virunga Mountains during his close-up encounter with a baby owl.

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Video: A View Of A Breathing Earth
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In this visualization, based on data collected by scientists, we see Earth changing — its plants, surface winds, and sea currents responding to the energy coming from the sun, says Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory)