Category Archives: STEM News

Subverting Climate Science in the Classroom

Oil and gas representatives influence the standards for courses and textbooks, from kindergarten to 12th grade

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How Parents’ Trauma Leaves Biological Traces in Children

Adverse experiences can change future generations through epigenetic pathways

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Why You Should Start Swimming for Exercise This Summer

As temperatures rise, swimming is not only great for cooling off, but also has many physical health benefits. Continue reading

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Roe v. Wade Was Overturned. Here’s how Your Phone Could Be Used to Spy on You.

From figuring out how often you go to the bathroom to potentially being used to prosecute you, your trusty smartphone might not be so trusty in a post-Roe world.

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Deadly Heat Wave’s Lesson: ‘This Is the Future We All Face’

After last year’s heat crisis, Pacific Northwest emergency managers, doctors and even transit systems are using lessons learned to prepare for this summer

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Why Was Afghanistan’s Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake So Devastating?

Famed seismologist Lucy Jones explains how building methods and quake dynamics interact—and what to do about the problem

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How Abortion Misinformation and Disinformation Spread Online

With reproductive rights being dismantled, social media companies need to stop propagating lies

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Primary Care Providers Can Help Safeguard Abortion

As abortion access becomes more limited in the U.S., primary care providers can and should provide these services to people who need them

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How AI Facial Recognition Is Helping Conserve Pumas

Researchers tricked out conventional camera traps to snap headshots of Puma concolor, revealing a better way to track the elusive species.

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Spray-On, Rinse-Off Food ‘Wrapper’ Can Cut Plastic Packaging

The coating deters microorganisms to fight both food waste and foodborne illness

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How the Higgs Boson Ruined Peter Higgs’s Life

A new biography of the physicist and the particle he predicted reveals his disdain for the spotlight

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This Patch Measures Pains in the Neck (And Predicts Sports-Related Concussions)

Researchers recently developed a wearable device that detects neck strain and could assist doctors in diagnosing potential concussions. Continue reading

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Research on Gun Violence Has Been Thwarted: It’s Now More Urgent Than Ever

We need to make firearms safer, and to do that, we need more robust research funding

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Midwestern U.S. Forests Doubled in Carbon Storage During the Holocene

For 8,000 years, midwestern forests expanded and diversified, but humans destroyed it in just 150 years. Continue reading

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Prescribed Burns Are More Dangerous Because of Climate Change

But the technique must remain in the firefighting toolbox, a new U.S. Forest Service report says

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Reptiles And Amphibians Could Hold The Secret To Longevity

Researchers suggest amphibians and reptiles age slowly and this lack of biological aging could help us understand how humans age. Continue reading

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Poliovirus Detected in London Sewage, U.K. Officials Warn

The detected strain can sometimes cause severe disease in people who are not vaccinated against polio

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Sequencing Cat Genomes Could Help Breed Healthier Kitties

A study of more than 11,000 felines reveals the benefits of genetic testing before breeding

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Ancient Cephalopods Used the Power of Suction to Seize Their Prey

Research reveals that Vampyronassa rhodanica may have held onto prey with muscular suckers. Continue reading

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We Can’t Let Monkeypox Turn into a Repeat of COVID

Will governments apply lessons learned from COVID to this latest viral outbreak?

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Controversy Grows Over whether Mars Samples Endanger Earth

Planetary scientists are eager to bring Red Planet rocks, soil and even air to Earth, but critics fear the risk of contaminating our world’s biosphere 

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Climate Change Is Turning More of Central Asia into Desert

The rapid expansion will have significant impacts on ecosystems and the people and animals who rely on them

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Columbine Should Have Been an Isolated Event: It Was Just a Beginning

An emergency medicine physician remembers witnessing the carnage of more than one mass shooting

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Seville Launches World’s First Program to Name and Rank Heat Waves

The launch comes after the hottest first two weeks of June ever recorded in Spain

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5 Tastes We’ve Developed and Why We Now Include Umami

Our taste buds are more important than you may think and evolution has helped us avoid problematic foods. Continue reading

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Seville Launches World’s First Program to Name and Rank Heat Waves

The launch comes after the hottest first two weeks of June ever recorded in Spain

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Tiny Robots Are Fishing For Microplastics

The trick to cleaning up our oceans and waterways may be small, fish-inspired robots. Continue reading

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Venomous Snail Unlocks New Diabetes Drugs

A cone snail’s poison helps to form a fast-acting insulin

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Venomous Snail Unlocks New Diabetes Drugs

A cone snail’s poison helps to form a fast-acting insulin

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The Blurred Line Between Lyme Disease and Mental Illness

The psychological symptoms of Lyme Disease can sometimes mimic mental disorders, which can lead to misdiagnosis. Continue reading

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