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Friday Headlines: The price of pollution.

Senate passes a budget resolution protecting a planned $1.5 trillion tax cut—that's been crafted behind closed doors—from Democratic filibuster.

In addition, the budget resolution passage leaves Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge open to oil exploration.

New research finds that diseases caused by pollution—mostly asthma, cancer, and heart disease—result in one in six deaths worldwide.

“For once in your life, listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants. I have cancer and I don’t want these serious issues to go unaddressed before I go to my grave.” The EPA says glysophate, the chemical in Roundup, isn’t carcinogenic, but not all its scientists agree.

NIH emails from last fall show battles over renewing firearms research—one director wanted to omit guns altogether.

See also: “More Home Runs Are Hit With Guns Than Baseball Bats.”

There's no official US version yet of what happened in Niger that resulted in US troop deaths, and the lack of transparency so far has echoes of Benghazi.

Before protesters cut short Richard Spencer's University of Florida appearance, the school's bell tower played "Lift Every Voice and Sing"—aka the "Black American National Anthem."

French Elle puts a murder victim on its cover after a French rock magazine featured her killer.

California firefighters use a tool called a Pulaski—part axe, part hoe, designed by a firefighter in 1913.

"I'm no longer scared of Rusty," says Brownsville youth of the Mexican-American luring immigrants to call ICE.

The stock market isn't the economy. Just look at 1987's crash—the GDP didn't actually suffer so much.

NPR discovers that a Trump golf course's charitable giving is wildly inflated, just like Trump's own charity claims.

Research suggests ride-sharing increases car traffic because fewer trips are made on foot or using public transit.

Some flowers have a blue halo, visible only to bees, produced not by pigment but by microscopic structures.

With new telescopes and faster processing, by 2035 we should know whether extraterrestrials exist.

LEGO to release a playset of key NASA women, with Nancy Grace, Margaret Hamilton, Mae Jemison, and Sally Ride.

“It’s a computing version of what Veruca Salt made her dad and his poor factory workers do in Willy Wonka. A brute force search for a golden ticket (or in this case, a golden number).” A public explanation of cryptocurrency, addressed to Jamie Dimon.

A truly insane story—practically ripped from the pages of Shakespeare—of a catfishing scheme that ends in romance.

Our word of the week: a "catastrophist," which is someone hired to model the worst of all risks.

From 2012: Mike Deri Smith speaks with natural disaster experts about how scared we should be.

How Rear Window presaged television channel surfing and, later, internet voyeurism and binge-watching.

A history of the worst games in Jeopardy! history, including this week's one-dollar champion.