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How We Can Deal with ‘Pandemic Fatigue’

The first step is to understand that it’s not just about exhaustion or tiredness or depleting a mental resource

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Premature Freakouts about Techno-Enhancement

Debates about whether to “improve” our minds and bodies often exaggerate the feasibility of doing so

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Why Is Fish Good For You? It’s Not Because of Omega-3s

You can’t pop a supplement to get the nutritional benefits of eating fish. Here’s why. Continue reading

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Forget Dieting. Here’s What Really Works to Lose Weight

Science can explain why it’s so hard to lose weight and keep it off — and the results don’t support dieting. Try these strategies instead. Continue reading

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December’s Total Solar Eclipse as Seen from Space

The shadow of the moon is a brown blob moving across the face of Earth

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The Best Cookware, According to Science

Should you opt for ceramic, cast iron, nonstick, or something else? Here’s a guide to choosing pots and pans that will get the job done — and clear up concerns you might have about what they’re made of. Continue reading

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Red Dwarf Starlight Used to Grow Photosynthesizing Bacteria

Extremophiles grown under a starlight simulator suggest that exoplanets orbiting red dwarf stars may have conditions ripe for photosynthesis, say researchers. Continue reading

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Why Do We Assume Extraterrestrials Might Want to Visit Us?

The idea presumes we’re inherently fascinating, but that’s not necessarily the case

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Biden’s Pick to Lead FEMA Signals Urgency on Pandemic and Climate Change

Deanne Criswell, an experienced emergency manager, will be the first woman to lead the agency since it was created in 1979

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How One Million Volunteers Could One Day Revolutionize Medicine

A bold NIH program promises groundbreaking insights into some of the nation’s deadliest diseases. Researchers want hundreds of thousands of volunteers to get involved. Continue reading

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Why The Recent Signal That Appeared to Come From Proxima Centauri Almost Certainly Didn’t

Astronomers have now calculated the likelihood that the signal came from another advanced civilization — and the numbers don’t look good. Continue reading

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Why The Recent Signal That Appeared to Come From Proxima Centauri Almost Certainly Didn’t

Astronomers have now calculated the likelihood that the signal came from another advanced civilization — and the numbers don’t look good. Continue reading

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Terpenes: The Little-Known Compounds That Make Cannabis a Better Medicine

Commercial interest and federal funding are leading to more research into the therapeutic effects of the fragrant molecules known as terpenes. Continue reading

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How Elvis Got Americans to Accept the Polio Vaccine

Campaigns to change behavior thrive on three factors: social influence, social norms and vivid examples

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Best Appetite Suppressants: A Buyer’s Guide

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The Timeless Journey of the Möbius Strip

After the disaster of 2020, let’s hope we’re not on a figurative one

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Can Chanting OM Reduce Stress and Anxiety?

OM, the word spoken in meditation and yoga practices, has existed for nearly 5,000 years. Can chanting this small word really provide a multitude of health benefits? Continue reading

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Coronavirus News Roundup: January 9-January 15

Here are pandemic highlights for the week

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Scientists Weigh In on India’s Citizenship Debate

Repressive measures by India’s government are sparking a backlash in the nation’s scientific community

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Telescopes on Far Side of the Moon Could Illuminate the Cosmic Dark Ages

Instruments deployed on missions to the lunar far side might give us an unprecedented view of the early universe

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Final Word: Different Analyses Show 2020 Either in a Tie for Warmest Year or in 2nd Place

The world’s seven warmest years have all occurred since 2014. Continue reading

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NASA Says 2020 Tied for Hottest Year on Record

Meanwhile NOAA put the year just behind 2016 in the charts, but it was remarkably hot by either agency’s measure

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Earth’s Biodiversity Bursts Do Not Follow Expected Pattern

Life’s great radiations do not always line up with mass extinctions, a new study shows

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Welcome to ‘Hail Alley,’ a U.S. Region Prone to Pelting Ice

A few unfortunate factors make some western states more susceptible to strong, damaging storms. Researchers are collecting data to better predict when hail will fall. Continue reading

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Even If You Don’t Drink Daily, Alcohol Can Mess With Your Brain

You don’t have to drink every day to have an Alcohol Use Disorder. Even moderate amounts of alcohol consumption impact brain wiring, dopamine and other neurotransmitters. Continue reading

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Biden Should Restore the Role of Science in the U.S. Government

Four ways the new administration can elevate evidence and build up the science ranks

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5 Unethical Medical Experiments Brought Out of the Shadows of History

Prisoners and other vulnerable populations often bore the brunt of unethical medical experimentation. Continue reading

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Militia Expert Warns Trump’s Capitol Insurrectionists Could Try Again

Fieldwork shows white men fighting against equality gains by women and minority groups in the U.S.—and longing to return to a past that nullifies such changes

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Extremely Boring Aliens

Perhaps other life in the universe is, in the end, utterly dull

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Beyond the Laughs, ‘The Office’ Delivers Some Hard Science. But How Does It Hold Up?

From a lice infestation to rabies, a beet juice diet to stinky feet, here’s how the science stacks up in 5 unforgettable episodes of NBC’s hit comedy series. Continue reading

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