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Kidney Stones Are More Beautiful Than You Might Think https://ift.tt/2MGgfyF

New research found that the painful deposits are surprisingly dynamic, forming much like microscopic coral reefs, and could help with treating them. The New York Times

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NASA’s TESS Starts Collecting Planets https://ift.tt/2PS2ajv

The satellite, launched in April, has already identified at least 73 stars that may harbor exoplanets, most of them new to astronomers. The New York Times

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Why Your DNA Is Still Uncharted Territory https://ift.tt/2NmPDrK

Scientists are focusing on a relatively small number of human genes and neglecting thousands of others. The reasons have more to do with professional survival than genetics. The New York Times

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With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage https://ift.tt/2D5wZ2z

Elon Musk shared a stage at a SpaceX factory on Monday night with Yusaku Maezawa, who will make a significant investment in the company’s next-generation rocket. The New York Times

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What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future https://ift.tt/2NOBLFV

Whether a single private entity should be able to set the direction of how the genes of so many living things are used was a piece of a broader debate at the United Nations this month. The New York Times

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Saltmarsh Sparrows Fight to Keep Their Heads Above Water https://ift.tt/2NMZ4QG

Rising sea levels are bringing more nest-flooding tides that threaten to push the birds that breed in coastal marshes along the Atlantic Coast to extinction. The New York Times