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Supreme Court suspends Obama’s Clean Power Plan
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Supreme Court suspends Obama’s Clean Power Plan

A crushing blow was dealt to President Barack Obama’s climate change agenda on Feb. 9, when the Supreme Court announced a decision to temporarily block a plan that would have combatted global warming. The Clean Power Plan, which served to reduce the United States’ carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent (from levels recorded in 2005)…

Oxley’s new device may allow paralyzed patients to walk again
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Oxley’s new device may allow paralyzed patients to walk again

  Doctors and researchers in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a new device that may enable paralyzed patients to control exoskeleton devices using their brains. The device has a fairly simple design. The paper clip-sized, stent-based electrode—or “stentrode” as researchers have begun to call it—would be implanted into a blood vessel near the brain. The stentrode…

U.S. gun homicide rate highest among high-income countries
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U.S. gun homicide rate highest among high-income countries

  Violent, firearm-related deaths in the United States are at disproportional levels when compared to other high-income countries, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine. The study aims to illustrate how severe gun-related deaths are damaging to public health in the United States. According to the data collected, the U.S. firearm…

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U.K. permits gene editing of human embryos

A British scientist was given the greenlight to use a new genome-editing technique on human embryos. “The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has approved a research application from the Francis Crick Institute to use new ‘gene-editing’ techniques on human embryos,” the lab of Kathy Niakan, Ph.D., announced on Feb. 1. Niakan—the stem cell researcher from…

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Lawmakers attack COP21 agreement

On Dec. 12, 2015, the COP21 climate meeting concluded as representatives from 196 nations voted on an agreement that would help lessen the impact of climate change, thus pledging to adapt the necessary changes in their respective nations. Conservation International, an U.S. nonprofit environmental organization, hailed the deal as “the single most important collective action…

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