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Kerry admits diplomacy at impasse as Syrian truce collapses

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States and Russia ended any pretenses Thursday of their cease-fire for Syria remaining in force after days of increased violence and the Syrian military's announcement of a new offensive in Aleppo.<p>"We can't go out to the world and say we have an agreement when we don't," …

Middle East

Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

A scientist in Sweden has started trying to edit the DNA in healthy human embryos, NPR has learned.<p>The step by the developmental biologist Fredrik Lanner makes him the first researcher known to attempt to modify the genes of healthy human embryos. That has long been considered taboo because of …

Atul Gawande: for the first time in human history, ineptitude is a bigger problem than ignorance

The New Yorker writer and surgeon joins The Ezra Klein Show to explain why our idea of failure is so wrong.<p>You can get a little dizzy just thinking about how much Atul Gawande gets done every year.<p>Gawande’s main job is as a cancer surgeon — he performs around 200 surgeries a year. He’s also …

Health Care

Transgender patients face fear and stigma in the doctor's office | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tanya Walker had lung cancer and was coughing up blood, but she says her emergency room doctor kept asking about her genitals.<p>Tanya Walker, a 53-year-old transgender woman, activist and advocate, gives an interview at her apartment in New York City, U.S. September 7, 2016. …

LGBTQI

Healthy Offspring Created Without Female Egg

The achievement in mice, could pave the way for new fertility treatments, including a way for gay men to conceive children.<p>In a scientific first, …

DNA dragnet: In some cities, police go from stop-and-frisk to stop-and-spit

Police are building up private DNA databases, in part by collecting samples from people not charged with a crime<p><i>This originally appeared on ProPublica.</i><p>The five teenage boys were sitting in a parked car in a gated community in Melbourne, Fla., when a police officer pulled up behind them.<p>Officer …

Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says

Employees in fields such as customer service and transportation face a ‘disruptive tidal wave’ of automation in the not-too-distant future<p>By 2021, robots will have eliminated 6% of all jobs in the US, starting with customer service representatives and eventually truck and taxi drivers. That’s just …

Customer Service

How Russia Saw Donald Trump's Big Speech On Foreign Policy

There wasn’t a whole lot for Russia to love about Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda, at least not the version of it that he recited on Monday from …

Russia

China launches satellite aimed at 'hack-proof' communications

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, China launched a satellite that could provide entirely hack-proof communications.<p>The satellite uses quantum technology -- a burgeoning field of physics and engineering that seeks to apply the mechanics of tiny, subatomic particles to everything from secure …

Chinese Academy of Sciences

India Shows Democracy Isn't Dead

A furious, tumultuous tax debate suggests that progress is still possible.<p>Can messy, polarized democracies ever get anything done? Could real reformist laws ever be passed by legislatures obsessed with partisan point-scoring? Across the liberal-democratic world, it seems that obstructing …