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Trump Warms to Health Insurance for All

President-elect Trump recently veered away from the standard Republican position on Obamacare, suggesting that he wants it repealed but simultaneously replaced. Still, his goals range from coverage for the neediest to coverage for all, and a new plan for funding quality health care remains unclear.

How to Beat a Fingerprint Scanner

A delicate 3D-printed skin that slips over a user’s hand has been shown to trick fingerprint scanners. Although this technology could potentially be used to breach security systems, the presence of human safeguards in many systems provides a barrier to those looking to use it for criminal activity.

In Antarctica’s Shallows, a Climate Paradox

Less than 160 feet below the surface of Antarctica’s frigid coastal waters, the seafloor teems with life. That life — from sea worms to colonial creatures called bryozoans — has the potential to slow climate change a bit, if only icebergs would stop snuffing it out. Then again, that would have downsides too.

Great Lakes Hazard: Tiny Bits of Plastic

Microplastics — particles less than 5 mm in diameter — come from a variety of sources, whether broken down from larger plastic items or included as scrubbing agents in personal hygiene products. These tiny particles pose a threat to wildlife — and may make their way through the food chain to humans.

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