Abstracts: Bumblebees, Obamacare, AI, and More

A roundup of science news from around the web — and around the world.

• Last week, the media were abuzz over news that bumblebees can learn to complete a task for a reward, just like other animals. (New York Times)

A team of scientists taught bumblebees how to play ball.

Visual by Flickr/Martin Cooper

• Law enforcement cleared the main protest camp at Standing Rock on Thursday. Many protesters left peacefully, some set their campsites ablaze before departing, and dozens of holdouts were arrested. (CNN)

• A draft of the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare was leaked on Friday. The legislation would leave it up to states to decide what coverage to require and would work to repeal Medicaid expansion by 2020. (STAT)

• Programmers have created an artificial intelligence in their own image: a new AI out of Microsoft and the University of Cambridge that can write its own code. (New Scientist)

• Thousands of emails released on Wednesday reveal that as Oklahoma attorney general, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt helped fossil fuel industry officials find workarounds to federal environmental regulations. (Washington Post)

• Your order has arrived. The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship safely delivered supplies to the International Space Station on Thursday. (Time)

• According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of deaths by heroin quadrupled between 2010 and 2015. (Scientific American)

• African nations are mobilizing against a voracious caterpillar that has ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres of cropland over the past year. (Nature)

• And finally, a new study showed that states where same-sex marriage was legalized saw a 14 percent drop in suicide rates among gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth, compared to states where marriage equality legislation was not passed. (The Guardian)

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