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Report: Smoking May Permanently Damage Genetic Material

Here is another reason to not light up a cigarette. Smoking can permanently damage your genetic material, according to a new study. Researchers at the Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research say smoking leaves a long-term “footprint” on a person’s DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid. The researchers have ties to Harvard Medical School in the American state of Massachusetts. DNA is the genetic material of which all living things are formed. Health problems, like heart disease and...

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American Golf Fan Putts Better than the Professionals

  This is What’s Trending Today. American David Johnson is now a hero to every sports lover who ever thought “I could do it better than the professional.” Johnson was in the crowd as pro golfers warmed up for the Ryder Cup on Thursday in the American state of Minnesota. The Ryder Cup is a golf competition between teams of men from Europe and the United States. The event takes place every two years. It runs through Sunday. Johnson was watching the European players work...

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US Brings Legal Action Against Chinese Company for North Korea Ties

The United States announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against four Chinese individuals and a Chinese company earlier this week. The U.S. government said it acted to punish them for suspected support for North Korea's nuclear weapons program. On Wednesday, a State Department official suggested that more Chinese companies and individuals could face investigation for suspected violations of sanctions on North Korea. The State Department’s coordinator for Sanctions...

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Meltwater Lakes in Antarctica Show Signs of Trouble

Antarctica is home to the largest ice mass on Earth. The continent sits on 14 million square kilometers of rock. About 98 percent of the land surface is covered by ice. Beautiful lakes have begun to appear on the top of the ice. They look like islands of deep blue in an ocean of white. These lakes are called supraglacial or meltwater lakes. Although the lakes can be beautiful, the ones scientists studied are a sign of trouble. Amber Leeson is a scientist with Lancaster...

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Brainwash: Not as Clean as You Think

  Hello and welcome to another Words and Their Stories. Today we are talking about expressions to describe people who are not in their right minds. People who are not in their right minds are not thinking in a normal, healthy way.   You might say they are brainwashed. Word experts say the word “brainwash” came into American English in the 1950s after the Korean War. According to reports, 24 American soldiers held in a Chinese prison-of-war camp chose to stay in...

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Japanese Scientist Wins Nobel in Medicine

  Yushinori Ohsumi of Japan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute announced the prize on Monday. The institute is honoring Ohsumi...
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Study: Do Fitness Trackers Help You Lose Weight?

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. We begin with bad news for people who bought a wearable fitness tracker in hopes of losing weight. A new study finds the electronic device...
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Did the US Just ‘Give Away’ Control of the Internet?

  The U.S. government has officially transferred control of the internet address system to an international governing body. The change took place on October 1. What will this mean for internet businesses...
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Republicans Have Gained Stength in State Legislatures and Governorships

  Republicans in the United States have not won a presidential election since 2004, but they are much stronger on the state government level than the Democratic Party.   The Republican Party has sharply...
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Rare Frog Dies, Probably Last of Its Kind

  This is What’s Trending Today. Over 10 years ago, scientists from the United States went on a trip to Panama. The scientists were from Atlanta, in the state of Georgia, and Southern Illinois...
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