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The New Science of Lockdowns

Alternating intervals at home and at work provide the best means of balancing safety while preserving the economy

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The Government is Scaling Back Water Quality Protections. These Surfers are Picking up the Slack

Decades ago, California surfers decided to fight coastal pollution. Today, their massive network of citizen scientists is monitoring water quality in places the government doesn’t. Continue reading

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The Paradox Behind an Emerging Microfluidics Revolution

Constructing switches out of pure liquid seemed impossible. Then researchers discovered Braess’ paradox could help. Continue reading

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Tear Gassing Protesters Could Increase Their Risk for COVID-19

The chemicals irritate the skin, eyes and throat. Research suggests that exposure may also raise someone’s risk of contracting respiratory illnesses. Continue reading

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The History and Future of Telescopes on the Moon

For generations, astronomers have dreamed of building telescopes on the lunar farside. Continue reading

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The Racist Roots of Fighting Obesity

Prescribing weight loss to black women ignores barriers to their health

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Bioluminescence Helps Prey Avoid Hungry Seals

Prey animals flash biochemically produced light to confuse elephant seals hunting in the dark, but at least one seal turned the tables.

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What Science Says About the Health Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

What is considered a plant-based diet, and what makes it so healthy? Continue reading

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Ancient Mars May Have Had Rings, Then Moons, Then Rings …

Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, scientists believe one of Mars’ current moons, Phobos, may have been born from a ring of dust left by former versions of itself. Continue reading

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Climate Change Threatens the Ancient Wild Rice Traditions of the Ojibwe

Yields of native wild rice have shrunk due to temperature rise, shoreline erosion and other environmental problems

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Climate Change Threatens the Ancient Wild Rice Traditions of the Ojibwe

Yields of native wild rice have shrunk due to temperature rise, shoreline erosion and other environmental problems

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George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery Deaths: The Everyday Health Harms of Racism

Police killings of black men gain widespread attention, but black men’s life-and-death issues are ignored on a daily basis, a physician who studies health gaps explains. Continue reading

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From the Crew Dragon to Mars: Cady Coleman on NASA’s Path Forward

The veteran astronaut weighs in on the first US crewed flight since 2011, and what may come next. Continue reading

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In Historic First, SpaceX Successfully Launches NASA Astronauts Into Space

Elon Musk’s rocket company came through, becoming the first private enterprise to put a human in orbit. The launch also restored America’s ability to launch astronauts from its own soil. Continue reading

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The U.S. Return to Flight: Perspective from NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott

The pilot of the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery previews what the Crew Dragon launch means for the future of space exploration. Continue reading

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Partisan Differences over the Pandemic Response Are Growing

Polling finds public trust in medical scientists has increased but only among Democrats—while optimism about a vaccine is broadly shared

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Can This Cheap, DIY Air Pollution Sensor Help the World Get Clean Air?

Columbian citizen scientists built dirt-cheap air quality monitors and deployed them across their city, forcing the government to confront its pollution. Now they’re teaching others to build them, too. Continue reading

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What a U.S. Exit from the WHO Means for COVID-19 and Global Health

As President Trump terminates the U.S.’s relationship with the agency, experts foresee incoherence, inefficiency and a resurgence of deadly diseases

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Want to Start a Vegetable Garden? Here’s How, According to Science

You don’t need a proven green thumb to give it a shot. Expert horticulturalists share their top tips for planting sprouts at home. Continue reading

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Retired Astronauts Discuss the Future of Spaceflight Ahead of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

NASA veterans Nicole Stott and Cady Coleman ponder humanity’s future in space and the role women will play in it. Continue reading

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Are Ultraviolet Sanitizing Lights Safe for Humans?

Called “far-UVC,” this light is supposed to thwart pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 without harming humans — but some researchers would like to see more evidence. Continue reading

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How the Next Generation of Quantum Hacks Will Threaten the Future Internet

The quantum internet promises entirely secure communication. But cybersecurity experts say quantum mechanics opens up entirely new ways to attack it. Continue reading

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Why Artificial Brains Need Sleep

Like biological brains, artificial neural networks may depend on slow-wave sleep for learning. Continue reading

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Death From Above: Seven Unlucky Tales of People Killed by Meteorites

Thousands of years of historical records show people are likely struck by meteorites surprisingly often. Continue reading

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What Is a Clinical Trial?

The only way to know if a medical treatment actually works is with a randomized-controlled trial. Continue reading

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Colorful Corals Beat Bleaching

Exposed to mildly warmer waters, some corals turn neon instead of bleaching white. The dramatic colors may help coax symbiotic algae back. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Coal’s Decline Continues with 13 Plant Closures Announced in 2020

The fuel is increasingly uncompetitive with cheaper natural gas and renewable energy

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The Time of Trials: Waiting for a Coronavirus Vaccine

An infected and impatient world needs protection from Covid-19, but rushing it won’t be easy. How can we speed up a complicated process? Continue reading

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