Category Archives: STEM News

Turning Cow Poop Into Energy Sounds Like a Good Idea — But Not Everyone Is on Board

In California’s Central Valley, a gas utility is harvesting methane from manure on cow feedlots. Critics worry the push toward biogas will only further entrench two polluting industries. Continue reading

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Green Spaces Are a Necessity, Not an Amenity. How Can Cities Make Them Accessible to Everyone?

A growing body of science is demonstrating that spending time in nature — or even an urban park or garden — is good for us. But the grass isn’t green for everyone. Continue reading

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Sweeping Whale Streaming Series, Profile of CRISPR Discoverer and an Examination of Future Realities

Recommendations from the editors of Scientific American

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Coronavirus News Roundup, April 3 – April 9

Pandemic highlights for the week

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We Don’t Really Know What’s in Pre-Workout Supplements

There’s no conclusive evidence that pre-workout products work, and some ingredients (labeled or not) can put your health at risk. In the past, products have been banned only after killing consumers. Continue reading

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Five Kitchen Sink Science Experiments To Try At Home

Try out these hands-on citizen science projects. You don’t even have to leave the house. Continue reading

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The Paradox of Internet Famous Wilderness

How destinations like The Wave, located near the Arizona-Utah border, are managing overtourism. Continue reading

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Is Plant Protein Better for You and the Planet?

Animal protein isn’t the only way to get in this key macronutrient. Plants have protein, too — and there are good reasons to load up on this source. Continue reading

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How a Carnivorous Mushroom Poisons Its Prey

Scientists have known for decades that oyster mushrooms feasted on roundworms—and they’ve finally figured out how their toxins work

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The Science of Taylor Swift and Other Improbable Stories

The beginning of April always generates a slew of research papers from scientists who should know better. Here is this year’s round up. Continue reading

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E=mc2: What Does Einstein’s Most Famous Equation Mean?

Albert Einstein’s simple yet powerful equation revolutionized physics by connecting the mass of an object with its energy for the first time. Continue reading

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There Might Be Remnants of an Ancient Planet Buried Inside Earth? Yup

An ancient impactor called Theia hit the Earth to create the moon. New research suggests the rest of that planet may still be inside the Earth. Continue reading

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The Myth of Negative Calorie Foods

The old adage of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” applies here. Continue reading

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Is the Standard Model of Physics Now Broken?

The discrepancy between the theoretical prediction and the experimentally determined value of the muon’s magnetic moment has become slightly stronger with a new result from Fermilab. But what does it…

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Blue Moon: Will Jeff Bezos’ Lunar Lander Return Astronauts to the Moon?

Blue Origin’s spacecraft could ferry nearly 10,000 pounds of cargo and crew to the Moon’s surface — if NASA gives it the green light. Continue reading

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Will Cryonically Frozen Bodies Ever Be Brought Back to Life?

Cryonicists hope that modern technology will one day bring them back from the dead. But how realistic is a second life after a deep freeze? Continue reading

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Forgotten Memories of Traumatic Events Get Some Backing from Brain-Imaging Studies

A new wave of research seeks neurological signatures for a type of amnesia

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Is Coffee Good for You or Not?

Confused by the dizzying array of studies that seem contradictory at times? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s what to know about coffee’s — mostly beneficial — health impacts. Continue reading

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The Rise of the Tetrapods: How Our Early Ancestors Left Water to Walk on Land

The story of how the first vertebrates came to walk on land hundreds of millions of years ago and filled the Earth with its many descendants. Continue reading

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What Science Says About Athletes Going Vegan

Can plant power help you cross the finish line? Continue reading

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When Did Life First Emerge in the Universe?

We don’t know, but we could try to find out by searching for it on planets orbiting the very oldest stars

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The Deadly Lung Disease You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Pulmonary fibrosis is diagnosed in about 50,000 new patients annually, and as many as 40,000 Americans die from it each year

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Why Is It So Hard to Find a Cure for Cancer?

Cancer may never have a singular cure — but that doesn’t mean experts aren’t optimistic about what’s in store for future patients. Continue reading

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The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Created the Amazon Rain Forest

Fossilized pollen and leaves reveal that the meteorite that caused the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs also reshaped South America’s plant communities to yield the planet’s largest rain…

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How Volunteers Are Helping Keep Coral Reefs Alive

Planting new corals can’t stop climate change, but it can give marine ecosystems a fighting chance. Volunteers have largely led the ambitious effort. Continue reading

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What You Should Know About the New COVID-19 Strains

Several new strains of the coronavirus have been identified — and they’re more contagious. Here’s what’s known about how they spread, how well the vaccines work against them, and the symptoms these variants cause. Continue reading

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The Great Wedge of Astronomy

A starry sense of wonder can pry apart the fears and doubts that turn so many people away from science. Continue reading

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We Learned the Wrong Lessons from the Tuskegee ‘Experiment’

It’s understandable that Black Americans are wary of vaccines, but that despicable episode involved the withholding of treatment, whereas vaccines actively prevent disease

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Deep-Space Ears, Interstellar Eyes, and Off-World Wings

MiMi Aung, project manager for the Mars Helicopter, offers a peek into the high-frontier culture at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Continue reading

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The Neural Networks That ‘Grow’ Castles, Temples and Caterpillars in Minecraft

With the right rules, neural networks can learn to grow more or less anything, say computer scientists. Continue reading

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