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NASA's Juno spacecraft to remain in extra-long orbit for the rest of its time at Jupiter

The team behind NASA’s Juno spacecraft has made a key change to its operating plan. For the remainder of its primary planned mission, the satellite will continue to circle Jupiter in its long 53-day orbits instead of transitioning to shorter 14-day cycles.

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UC Berkeley suffers big loss in CRISPR patent fight: What's next for the powerful gene-editing technology?

The scientists who first harnessed the powerful gene-editing technology known as CRISPR suffered a major defeat Wednesday in their long-running quest to control the rights to their invention.

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her European collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, have racked up a slew of awards for their work, which makes it very easy to alter the DNA of living things.

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'Extraordinary levels' of pollution have contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean

Industrial pollution has reached even the most remote corners of Earth: the deepest part of the sea.

Scientists have discovered “extraordinary levels” of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Mariana and Kermadec trenches, two of the deepest ocean chasms on the planet.

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To prevent serious medical conditions, scientists should be able to edit people's DNA, panel says

Scientists should be allowed to alter a person’s DNA in ways that will be passed on to future generations, but only to prevent serious and strongly heritable diseases, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

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El Niño triggered unprecedented erosion across California's coast

El Niño may not have brought much rain to Southern California, but it did take its toll on the Golden State’s beaches.

A new study of the waves, water levels and coastal changes at 29 beaches across California, Oregon and Washington has found that the 2015-16 El Niño triggered unprecedented erosion across much of the West Coast.

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NASA's Dawn mission finds life's building blocks on dwarf planet Ceres

It sure doesn’t pay to underestimate Ceres: NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spotted signs of organic molecules on the frigid dwarf planet.

The findings, published this week in the journal Science, may shed light on the prevalence of pre-life chemistry in the solar system while marking Ceres as one of the worlds that could potentially host microbial life.

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