Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Volkswagen Over Emissions Software

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On Monday, the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit against Volkswagen. The DOJ alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal defeat devices installed that impaired emission control systems and caused emissions to exceed EPA’s standards, resulting in harmful air pollution.

The Periodic Table Gets Update With 4 New Elements

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The periodic table is getting an update. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced that four new chemical elements have been assigned atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118.

Veterans Say Trained Dogs Help With PTSD, But The VA Won’t Pay

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Service dogs help veterans with physical disabilities, and there’s increased interest in using dogs for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, too. A study is underway to see whether that helps.

Using Technology To Keep Carbon Emissions In Check

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Renewable energy is only one of the steps toward achieving the goals set by the Paris climate deal. We take a trip around North America to explore other ways of keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.

Author Profiles The ‘Traumatized People’ Living In The World’s Largest Refugee Camp

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Founded in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis, the Dadaab complex in Kenya now houses nearly half a million refugees. Ben Rawlence profiles nine of its residents in his new book, City of Thorns.

What Mattered In Media In 2015

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NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at some of the moments, from Trump to Brian Williams, that made a difference in media in the past year.

WATCH: Dark New GOP Campaign Ads Stress Threat Of ISIS

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The ads will air in Iowa and New Hampshire, as candidates make their final push in the early states. They strike a fearful tone, featuring footage and news headlines of recent terrorist attacks.

4 New Elements Are Added To The Periodic Table

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With the discoveries now confirmed, “The 7th period of the periodic table of elements is complete,” according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Forgot Something Again? It’s Probably Just Normal Aging

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Around age 50, people may begin to forget things. This can be scary. But there are clear differences between the onset of dementia and totally normal, age-related lapses in memory.

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s

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A mouse’s brain clears out toxins during periods of deep sleep — including toxins that form the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Could the same hold true for people?

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