Category Archives: STEM News

Can an Algorithm Help Solve Political Paralysis?

As faith in government hits historic lows, organizers in the U.K. are trying a new math-based approach to democracy. Would it work in the bitterly divided U.S?

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The Arctic Hasn’t Been This Warm for 3 Million Years — and That Foreshadows Big Changes for the Rest of the Planet

Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming — and what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay there. Continue reading

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Next Generation Satellite Navigation Will Offer Centimeter Accuracy — at a Price

Mega-constellations of satellites, like SpaceX’s Starlink, could offer commercial navigation services with centimeter accuracy. Here’s how. Continue reading

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Millions of Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests May Help Fill the Testing Gap

The assays may not detect all cases, but they are cheap and could be used at home

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Salty Lakes Found Beneath Mars’ Surface

New research adds fresh evidence for salty lakes below the red planet’s south pole. Continue reading

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How Dogs Can Benefit Your Mental Health

More and more Americans have been getting pups during the pandemic — which can actually boost your overall wellness. Continue reading

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Identical Quantum Particles Pass Practicality Test

A new study proves that far from being mere mathematical artifacts, particles that are indistinguishable from one another can be a potent resource in real-world experiments

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Is there Really Life on Venus? There’s Only One Way to Know for Sure

If phosphine detected on the planet next door is really a signature of alien biology, we can send a space probe to find out

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5 NASA Spacecraft That Are Leaving Our Solar System for Good

Most of these interstellar spacecraft carry messages intended to introduce ourselves to any aliens that find them along the way. Continue reading

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Coronavirus News Roundup: September 19-September 25

Here are pandemic highlights for the week

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Can You Boost Your Metabolism? Here’s What the Science Says

Metabolic flexibility is the latest buzzword for biohackers looking to shed fat, ward off disease and live longer. Now $300 devices say they can help us track and ‘hack’ our metabolism. But is this really the fast-track to a long and healthy life? Continue reading

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George Washington Carver’s Legacy Went Beyond Peanuts

The famed scientist made lasting contributions to environmental and sustainable farming. Continue reading

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First Evidence of a Planet in Another Galaxy

The Milky Way is filled with planets. Now astronomers have found the first candidate planet in another galaxy. Continue reading

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SARS-CoV-2 Infection Can Block Pain, Opening Up Unexpected New Possibilities for Research Into Pain Relief Medication

The spike protein on SARS-CoV-2 interferes with pain perception. Continue reading

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Keeping Coronavirus Vaccines at Subzero Temperatures During Distribution Will Be Hard, But Likely Key to Ending Pandemic

Trucks, planes and storage facilities all need to be able to keep a vaccine cold. Continue reading

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What Research in Antarctica Tells Us about the Science of Isolation

Over the past few months, the phrase “social distancing” has entered our lexicon. Many of us have found ourselves separated from family and friends—or at least from our normal…

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Delta-8-THC Promises to Get You High Without the Paranoia or Anxiety

A variation of the familiar Delta-9-THC compound is growing in popularity among savvy cannabis consumers. But its legality is sticky. Continue reading

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Science News from around the World

Here are some brief reports about science and technology from all over, including one from Israel about what DNA reveals about the Dead Sea Scrolls’ parchment. 

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The Most Vulnerable Ransomware Targets Are the Institutions We Rely On Most

Many vital public institutions such as hospitals and fire stations lack cybersecurity to ward off popular malware

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What Is Inflammation, and Why Is It Sometimes ‘Bad’ for Your Health?

The buzzword health condition can help or harm, depending on the situation. Continue reading

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Warmth Pouring Out of Siberia Sends Arctic Sea Ice Plummeting to Second Lowest Extent on Record

Even the normally frozen North Pole had some open water when visited by a historic Arctic expedition toward summer’s end. Continue reading

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How Ginsburg’s Death Threatens the Affordable Care Act and Reproductive Rights

As the Trump administration eyes a speedy replacement, the court will hear a case against the health care law a week after the election

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Readers Respond to the May 2020 Issue

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Tequila Might Make You Do Crazy Things — But Not For the Reasons You Think

Science says you can’t blame your bad behavior on your beverage of choice. Continue reading

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Jaws: Classic Film, Crummy Science

Forty-five years after the movie made everyone afraid to wade into the ocean, it’s not too late to remind viewers of the truth about sharks

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Cancer Is on the Rise Among Young People

Over the past decade, cancers associated with obesity show some of the most troubling increases affecting young adults and adolescents. Continue reading

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Best Keto Diet Pills Review: Top BHB Ketone Supplements 2020

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Astronomers Spy Phosphine on Venus, a Potential Sign of Life

On Earth, the toxic gas is produced by microbial life. Could the same be true on Venus? Now, the debate begins. Continue reading

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Is 99 Degrees Considered a Fever?

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering whether a thermometer reading means you’re sick, you’re not alone. Continue reading

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Earthquake Sounds Could Reveal How Quickly the Ocean Is Warming

A new way of measuring the temperature of the seas could fill in gaps left by limited direct monitoring

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