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Thirdhand smoke: Your skin absorbs nicotine from air and clothing
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Thirdhand smoke: Your skin absorbs nicotine from air and clothing

Nicotine in the air and clothing permeates skin and enters the bloodstream at levels equivalent to inhalation of secondhand smoke.

Maya Portillo
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In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich

Poor students still get money, but higher-income classmates get a growing share. 

Gargantuan black hole discovered in the young universe
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Gargantuan black hole discovered in the young universe

Weighing in at about 800 million times as massive as our sun, it presents a puzzle to scientists trying to figure out how it could have grown so big so fast.

How one district solved its special education dropout problem
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How one district solved its special education dropout problem

Efforts to remove the stigma for students with disabilities have paid off.

Trump administration plan to add Medicaid work requirement stirs fears
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Trump administration plan to add Medicaid work requirement stirs fears

“Medicaid coverage is not something that should be earned,” said Robert Doherty, senior vice president at the American College of Physicians. “Medicaid is not a welfare program."

How the ‘king of viruses’ makes its hosts act like monsters
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How the ‘king of viruses’ makes its hosts act like monsters

New research suggests the rabies virus uses a snake venomlike compound to manipulate infected animals.

A lawyer’s weapon against farm worker complaints: deportation
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A lawyer’s weapon against farm worker complaints: deportation

Anthony Raimondo has become widely known for performing a sort of magic trick. He can sometimes make legal complaints against his clients – and the people who file them – disappear.

Hospitals step in to help house the homeless
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Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Doing so, they say, will limit unnecessary ER visits and reduce wasteful health care spending.

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How the CIA staged sham academic conferences to thwart Iran’s nuclear program

A decade ago, the CIA secretly funded conferences to lure Iranian scientists to defect.

Sabrina Blevins
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For-profit schools get public dollars for dropouts who rarely drop in

Schools touted by Betsy DeVos aggressively recruit at-risk students, offer barebones courses, and boost revenue by inflating enrollment.

Leaf blowers flagged as prodigious polluters — and possible health threat
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Leaf blowers flagged as prodigious polluters — and possible health threat

Despite improvements, these machines still emit toxic contaminants such as carcinogenic benzene as well as surprisingly large amounts of other smog-forming chemicals.

Pearl Bakhtiari
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How to save the humanities? Make them a requirement toward a business degree

One Canadian university sets out to prove the value of the humanities in lucrative careers.

Lots of love for driverless cars, except from one group: drivers
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Lots of love for driverless cars, except from one group: drivers

What’s more, as development efforts pick up steam, the level of public skepticism seems to be mounting.

American generosity after disasters: 4 questions answered
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American generosity after disasters: 4 questions answered

Americans typically make these donations within six weeks of a big disaster, when media coverage is the most intense.

Clare Cameron
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Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt continues to increase

Students get paid or get credit toward tuition, and learn job skills employers say many grads lack.

White supremacists joked about using cars to run over opponents
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White supremacists joked about using cars to run over opponents before Charlottesville

Leaked chat room conversations reveal expectations of violence — along with detailed planning and intelligence gathering on left-wing adversaries.

Unbelted rider in the back could kill someone in the front
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Unbelted rider in the back could kill someone in the front

In a survey of recent rear-seat passengers, 91 percent said they always buckled up in the front seat, but only 72 percent said they always buckled up in the rear.

Adderall XR
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Take the generic drug, patients are told — unless insurers say no

Faced with competition, some pharmaceutical companies are cutting deals with insurance companies to favor their brand-name products over cheaper generics.

Despite hazards, push to open public roads to off-road vehicles in high gear
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Despite hazards, push to open public roads to off-road vehicles in high gear

At least eight governments — including cities and counties in Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin and the state legislature of Utah — have approved the opening of roads.