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Science

Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

A clump of a mammoth's fur bought on eBay led scientists to a long list of ways the extinct species was special. One specific gene likely played a role in helping mammoths thrive in icy weather.

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Russia Launches Supplies To Space Station After Earlier Failures

The liftoff of the Soyuz Progress 60P was a relief to astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station after two previous resupply missions — one Russian and one American — failed.

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For A Medal Of Honor Recipient, Wounds Of War Lingered Into Fatherhood

Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez led a mission to save eight soldiers in Vietnam — and nearly died in the process. Decades later, his daughter recalls a father who believed honor wasn't won, but earned.

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Ever Dream You Could Fly? 'Jetman' Has. Let Him Tell You About It

Yves Rossy flies like Superman. But instead of a cape, he uses 7-foot-long wings and four engines. "You are like in a parallel world that normally doesn't exist," he says. "It's beautiful."

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Code Switch

Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Research on the psychological effects of racism, especially on people of color, is still in the early stages. But psychologists warn that events like the Charleston, S.C., church shooting can cause serious stress.

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Deceptive Cadence

Simone Dinnerstein On A Trip To Cuba And Making Music Out Of Difficulty

Morning Edition host David Greene talks to the pianist about her recent performance at a piano festival in Cuba and the pain of not being able to have a second child.

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Music

Your Road-Trip Playlist Is Ready

From more than 3,000 listener suggestions, we've whittled the mix down to 99 songs you say are perfect for long summer drives. Stream the playlist here.

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