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Next generation of fertility treatments

Illustration of egg and sperm
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From genetic testing to attempts to grow viable eggs from stems cells, researchers are trying to improve the success rate of fertility treatments and cut their cost.

Why it matters: About 9% of men and 11% of women of reproductive age in the U.S. experience fertility problems, resulting in a multibillion dollar industry. The next-generation of fertility treatments has the potential to change who can have children and when but they are still in the early stages of development and have high hurdles to clear.

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Senate approves Trump's nominee to lead NASA

Rep. James Bridenstine (R-OK). Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

In a 50-49 vote along party lines, the Senate approved President Trump's pick to lead NASA — Oklahoma Congressman and Navy Reserve pilot, James Bridenstine.

Why it matters: The confirmation comes amid concern "about his record of partisanship as well as some statements questioning climate change, an area of research in which the space agency plays a central role," per the New York Times. The confirmation wraps up a seven and a half month period that left NASA without a permanent leader.

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Lyft to make all rides carbon neutral

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Lyft is launching a multi-million dollar effort to make all of its rides worldwide carbon neutral, the company announced Thursday.

How they're doing it: The plan, which will make Lyft one of the top voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets in the world, involves "the direct funding of emission mitigation efforts, including the reduction of emissions in the automotive manufacturing process, renewable energy programs, forestry projects, and the capture of emissions from landfills."