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Science & Health

News and updates from the health and science team. Topics include genetics, infectious disease, psychology, and more.

Trump’s controversial vaping flavor ban is now dead

With impeachment, America’s epistemic crisis has arrived


Melting permafrost in the Arctic is unlocking diseases and warping the landscape

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids is on

Dopamine fasting is Silicon Valley’s hot new trend. Is it backed by science?

These uses of CO2 could cut emissions — and make trillions of dollars

The law that’s helping fuel Delhi’s deadly air pollution

We’re barely using the best tool we have to fight obesity

Why old people will always complain about young people

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Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.

The centralized, top-down power grid is outdated. Time for a bottom-up redesign.

Vitamin E acetate is a key culprit in the vaping illness outbreak

Survey: the epidemic of teen vaping continues to surge, unabated

Colorado’s cleanest energy options are also its cheapest

The absurdly high cost of insulin, explained

I treat teens who attempted suicide. Here’s what they told me.

Trump’s fight with California over vehicle emissions rules has divided automakers

The Paris climate agreement is at risk of falling apart in the 2020s

Ginkgo trees: The incredible plant that survived an atomic bomb

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The brutal mirror: what the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life

The radical reform necessary to prepare California’s power system for the 21st century

White House: the opioid epidemic cost $2.5 trillion over 4 years

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The world’s most livable city is a smoker’s paradise

Vienna finally gets a smoking ban on November 1.

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She lost her son to addiction, then lost her house to save her daughter

A mother’s story on the grave cost of addiction treatment in America.

What lies beneath

THC products were involved in many of the vaping-related illness deaths, officials say

Wildfires and blackouts mean Californians need solar panels and microgrids

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Car-free zones could be the future of cities

San Francisco and New York City are limiting cars on certain streets to prioritize other modes of transit.

Daylight saving time ends Sunday: 8 things to know about “falling back”

My advice for aspiring explainer journalists

When’s the best time to get a flu shot? Right now.

The vaping illness outbreak is strengthening the argument for legalizing marijuana

 Why scientists are so excited about “quantum supremacy”

California’s deliberate blackouts were outrageous and harmful. They’re going to happen again.

WHO just declared another polio virus strain eradicated. There’s one more to go.

Using electricity at different times of day could save us billions of dollars

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How the Democratic presidential candidates would combat the opioid epidemic

Study: US air pollution deaths increased by 9,700 a year from 2016 to 2018

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The survivors

A year after the Camp Fire nearly leveled Paradise, California, the money is drying up and a lawsuit rages. Can recovery efforts ever return a community to its old self?

“It’s just a big illusion”: How homeopathy went from fringe medicine to the grocery aisles

3 key solutions to California’s wildfire safety blackout mess