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Weekend Reads 7/14/18

Catholic bishops end border trip by suggesting alternative to family detention

The bishops, who reportedly asked immigration reform activists not to bring protest signs, remained critical of the policies that brought them there but were careful to say there were “no villains” involved, including U.S. Border Patrol agents.

How Stratospheric Life Is Teaching Us About the Possibility of Extreme Life on Other Worlds

Conditions in the stratosphere are brutal. It's a dry, cold, hypobaric (i.e. low-pressure), ultraviolet-drenched environment, which is why it serves as an apt analog to other worlds with similar conditions.

Government Told Immigrant Parents to Pay for DNA Tests to Get Kids Back, Advocate Says

The tests are being administered by a private contractor on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees the care and housing of children. HHS has refused to name the contractor, which may be a violation of federal law.

Drugs that kill off old cells may limit a body’s aging

But it has gradually become apparent that senescent cells don't just continue performing their normal function. They also produce a set of senescence-specific signaling molecules that can influence cells elsewhere in the body, including some that can trigger inflammation.

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