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During deep sleep, waves of cerebrospinal fluid (blue) coincide with temporary decreases in blood flow (red). Less blood in the brain means more room for the fluid to carry away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer's disease. Fultz et al. 2019 hide caption

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How Deep Sleep May Help The Brain Clear Alzheimer's Toxins

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Common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus), such as this group day-roosting in a cave in Mexico, can form cooperative, friendship-like social relationships. B.G. Thomson/Science Source hide caption

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For These Vampires, A Shared Blood Meal Lets 'Friendship' Take Flight

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Shannan Troncoso, co-owner of Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen in Washington, D.C., has turned her customers into fans of Brussels sprouts. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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From Culinary Dud To Stud: How Dutch Plant Breeders Built Our Brussels Sprouts Boom

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Newly Discovered Beetle Named For Greta Thunberg: Nelloptodes Gretae

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Spike In Air Pollution In U.S.

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A flyer reminding customers about vaping-related deaths and illnesses, on display in a Seattle vape store. The Washington State Board of Health recently passed a four-month emergency ban on flavored vaping products. It applies to products that contain either THC or nicotine. Jovelle Tamayo/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Some States With Legal Weed Embrace Vaping Bans, Warn Of Black Market Risks

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This year the Drug Enforcement Administration is accepting electronic vaping devices (provided any lithium ion batteries are removed) during its annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event. Lane Turner/The Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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At Chicago's McCormick Place, neuroscientists from around the world presented their work to colleagues. But some researchers were denied entry because of the Trump administration's travel ban. Rob Piercy/Allen Institute hide caption

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U.S. Travel Ban Disrupts The World's Largest Brain Science Meeting

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Google's processor, Sycamore, performed a truly random-number generation in 200 seconds. The achievement marks a major breakthrough in the decadeslong quest to use quantum mechanics to solve computational problems. Above, a Google sign at the company's campus in Mountain View, Calif. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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A firefighter participates in a controlled burn in a forest outside El Perelló in Catalonia, Spain, on Sept. 27. NPR followed a special unit into the woods in Spain to see how they burn for prevention. Aaron Labaree for NPR hide caption

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Though there are websites, hotlines, therapists and coaches to help teens manage nicotine cravings, there's been little research to show what works best. Recently, some programs have turned to texting to help kids find resources specific to vaping cessation. Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Teen Vapers Who Want To Quit Look For Help Via Text

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Engineer Joel Steinkraus tests solar panels on one of two CubeSats that made up NASA's Mars Cube One mission. The MarCO CubeSats — the first to be sent into deep space — flew to Mars and relayed telemetry from NASA's InSight lander. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Itty-Bitty Satellites Take On Big-Time Science Missions

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for salmon but delivering less water for cities and farmers. State officials say water users along the Tuolumne River have agreed to voluntary concessions that would improve salmon habitat instead of the mandated increase in water flows. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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