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Generics may not have the same cost-lowering power for specialty medicines, such as multiple sclerosis drugs, researchers find. That's true especially when other brand-name drugs are approved to treat a given disease before the first generic is approved. Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Levi Draheim, 11, wears a dust mask as he participates in a demonstration in Miami in July 2019. A lawsuit filed by him and other young people urging action against climate change was thrown out by a federal appeals court Friday. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Kids' Climate Case 'Reluctantly' Dismissed By Appeals Court

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Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción church in Guayanilla was heavily damaged after a 6.4 earthquake hit Southern Puerto Rico on January 7. Eric Rojas/Getty Images hide caption

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2020 So Far: Fires, Floods, And Quakes

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A team of Stanford University researchers designed the PigeonBot. Lentink Lab/Stanford University hide caption

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'PigeonBot' Brings Robots Closer To Birdlike Flight

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Scientists put several litters of wolf puppies through a standard battery of tests. Many pups, such as this one named Flea, wouldn't fetch a ball. But then something surprising happened. Christina Hansen Wheat hide caption

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Fetching With Wolves: What It Means That A Wolf Puppy Will Retrieve A Ball

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The mouse on the right has been engineered to have four times the muscle mass of a normal lab mouse. Se-Jin Lee/PLOS One hide caption

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Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth

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A light micrograph of a primitive human embryo, composed of four cells, following the initial mitotic divisions that ultimately transform a single-cell organism into one composed of millions of cells. Science Photo Libra/Getty Images hide caption

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Embryo Research To Reduce Need For In Vitro Fertilization Raises Ethical Concerns

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For decades, the Earth has steadily gotten hotter. The planet has already warmed about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (or almost 1 degree Celsius) compared with in the mid-20th century. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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2019 Was The 2nd-Hottest Year On Record, According To NASA And NOAA

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Smoke from bushfires shrouds the Melbourne city skyline. Hazardous breathing conditions prompted Australian Open officials to suspend practice sessions on Tuesday. Daniel Pockett/Getty Images hide caption

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How Puberty, Pregnancy And Perimenopause Impact Women's Mental Health

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Much of New South Wales, Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, lay under a shroud of smoke Thursday. The state remains under severe or very high fire danger warnings as more than 60 fires continue to burn within its borders. Cassie Trotter/Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters conduct property protection patrols at the Dunn Road Fire on Friday in Mount Adrah, Australia. New South Wales is battling severe fire conditions, with high temperatures and strong winds forecast across the state. Sam Mooy/Getty Images hide caption

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With Their Land In Flames, Aboriginals Warn Fires Show Deep Problems In Australia

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Three U.S. airports will screen passengers from Wuhan, China, for coronavirus symptoms: Los Angeles International Airport (pictured above), JFK in New York and SFO in San Francisco. FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images hide caption

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Norm Ciha says he lost his bedding, clothes and the medicine he'd been prescribed to treat hepatitis C during a sweep of his camp outside an Ikea in Emeryville, Calif., in November 2018. Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Recent research has explored "helping" behavior in species ranging from nonhuman primates to rats and bats. To see whether intelligent birds might help out a feathered pal, scientists did an experiment using African grey parrots like these. Henry Lok/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Polly Share A Cracker? Parrots Can Practice Acts Of Kindness, Study Finds

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Quartz countertops are increasingly popular because they don't chip or stain like marble or granite. John Keeble/Getty Images hide caption

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The Link Between Kitchen Countertops And A Deadly Disease

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Cattle stand in a field under a red sky caused by bushfires in Greendale on the outskirts of Bega, in Australia's New South Wales state on January 5, 2020. Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters struggle to protect homes from the embers generated by bushfires near the town of Nowra in New South Wales, Australia. Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Australian Fires Prompt Questions About Protecting Houses From Embers

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To find Betelgeuse, first locate Orion's belt. Betelgeuse is the star up and to the left, at Orion's left shoulder (from your perspective). Malcolm Park/Getty Images hide caption

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