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Girl Scouts Add Badges For Robotics, Other Science Skills

July 27
Bill Chappell / NPR

"Girls have expressed a ton of interest and have been very vocal about their desire to do more STEM," a Girl Scouts regional representative says.

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Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

July 27
Rae Ellen Bichell / NPR

The words "strong" and "inspiring" are not usually assigned to garden slugs. But slug slime inspired materials scientists to invent a new kind of adhesive that could one day help heal human wounds.

'Songs From An Unmade Bed' Tells A Rare Love Story

'Songs From An Unmade Bed' Tells A Rare Love Story

July 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

"Songs From an Unmade Bed" is a rarely-staged show that makes its San Diego debut this weekend.

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Why The 'Trump Bump' Hasn't Happened

July 27
John Ydstie / NPR

Friday's GDP report is expected to show a rebound from a weak first quarter. But the U.S. economy still isn't likely to sustain the 3 percent growth rate the Trump administration is promising.

No Quarters Needed For Fleet's 'Game Masters' Arcade

No Quarters Needed For Fleet's 'Game Masters' Arcade

July 27
By Michael Lipkin

It won't take much to interest science-averse kids in the latest exhibit at the Fleet Science Center. It's a retrospective of video game history, from the arcade cabinets of the 1970s to the latest computer and console games.

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Putin Derides 'Illegal' Sanctions Bill — But Says He's Waiting On Final Version

July 27
Colin Dwyer / NPR

At a news conference in Finland, the Russian president called the bipartisan bill "extremely cynical." But he said Russia will wait to see its final version before forming a "definitive view on it."

GOP Seeks Support For Narrow Version Of 'Obamacare' Repeal

GOP Seeks Support For Narrow Version Of 'Obamacare' Repeal

July 27
By Associated Press

Battered by repeated failures to repeal or replace "Obamacare," Senate GOP leaders retreated to a narrow approach Thursday that would undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's law.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Transgender Policy Won't Change Yet

July 27
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

Gen. Joseph Dunford said the Defense Department is making "no modifications" to its current policies on service by transgender troops until more direction arrives from the White House.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Heads To El Salvador To Discuss Gang Violence

July 27
Camila Domonoske / NPR

Sessions is meeting with the president of El Salvador and high-ranking law enforcement officials, as well as with an FBI anti-gang task force, to talk about combating the powerful gang MS-13.

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After Trump Targets Murkowski, Interior Secretary Reportedly Warns Alaska's Senators

July 27
Bill Chappell / NPR

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke reportedly called Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her fellow Alaskan, Sen. Dan Sullivan, to say their state could run into trouble with the Trump administration.

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U.K. To Send 'Colossal' New Warships To Disputed Asian Waters ... Eventually

July 27
Colin Dwyer / NPR

The British Navy only just began rolling out the largest warship it has ever built, but it already has an eventual mission in mind for the aircraft carrier and its sister ship: the South China Sea.

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Terminally Ill Baby Charlie Gard Will Move To Hospice Care To Die

July 27
Camila Domonoske / NPR

A British judge has approved a plan to transfer Charlie, who has a rare genetic disorder with no known cure, to a hospice facility. His life support will be withdrawn shortly after the transfer.

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Pakistani Ride Sharing App Puts A Matchmaker In The Car

July 27
Diaa Hadid / NPR

The Careem app ran a campaign: Book a car — and a matchmaker will join you. The company thought it was funny. But a lot of women hated it.

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The Aroma Of Rice And Barberries Takes Her Back Home To Iran

July 27
Rhitu Chatterjee / NPR

When Yasaman Alavi misses Iran, she puts up a pot of rice and adds saffron water and barberries for a Persian twist. The smell of zereshk polow makes her feel as if she's back home.

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Scaramucci: Let Priebus 'Explain He's Not A Leaker'

July 27
Brian Naylor / NPR

The new White House communications director seemed to blame the chief of staff for a report about his financial disclosure forms. Scaramucci blasted the "leak" of what were actually public records.

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

July 27
By Tarryn Mento

Refugees say resettlement workers faced with a tight rental market crammed them into too-small apartments, under leases that omitted occupants. They say that puts them at risk of losing their homes.

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Why Are Undocumented Immigrants Smuggled By Truck?

July 27
Mose Buchele / NPR

For many migrants, there is a fear of "two crossings" — the actual border and then checkpoints further inland.

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Unpopular At Home, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Nominated For State Dept. Post

July 27
Jim McLean / NPR

Brownback, a staunch social conservative, was one of the least popular governors in the country after tax cuts he championed failed to ignite the state's economy and led to deep spending cuts.

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Palestinians Cheer Israel's Removal Of Security Measures At Historic Mosque

July 27
Bill Chappell / NPR

Jerusalem's mufti Mohammed Hussein declared an end to recent protests, saying Muslims will again pray inside Al-Aqsa Mosque after Israeli police removed security equipment from its entrance.

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Mon Dieu! Burgundy Snails Aren't French Anymore

July 27
Grégoire Molle / NPR

Declining snail populations in France have led to imports of Burgundy snails from European countries. Consumers love them, but not French snail farmers, who want people to eat locally raised snails.

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