Category Archives: STEM News

Infectious Outbreaks Threaten the Last Asiatic Lions

Parasites and dog disease in India sweep through the cats’ only home, triggering fears for the species’ survival

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Why Do People Mistake Narcissism for High Self-Esteem?

Why people form such positive first impressions of narcissists

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He’s let thousands of insects bite and sting him—here’s what he’s learned

Western honey bee

Justin Schmidt feels the burn so you don’t have to.

Justin Schmidt loves studying bugs, which means he’s gotten some painful nips and stings from his subjects. He decided to turn that agony into something useful.

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Living in Space Makes Our Bodies More Susceptible to Infections

Even just 30 days in space can significantly reduce our immune system’s ability to fight infection, suggests a new analysis of mice that spent a month aboard an orbiting spacecraft.

The research, which was published December 6 in the journal Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, is a recent analysis of data from the Bion-M1 mission, which was a collaborative project carried out by NASA and the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems in 2013.

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Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Neil deGrasse Tyson Reveal the Complexity of Academic Inequality

Accusations that the astrophysicist harassed women remind us that racial and gender bias continue to harm science and scientists

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12 weird science facts to share with your family this holiday

The mummified, severed head of English philosopher Jeremy Bentham

A taxidermied man, a real-life Wolverine, and a professional farter. Sorry, flatulist.

English philosopher Jeremy Bentham was taxidermied. The U.S. Air Force tested an ejector seat with a black bear. There are many weird science facts—here are 12 from The…

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Dust to dust: How Earth’s most advanced observatory is unraveling our origins

A handful of large dishes point skyward

It’s a well-oiled machine.

Chile’s high-altitude ALMA observatory is fully operational, and changing the story of planet formation.

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China Launches First-Ever Mission to the Moon’s Farside

In late December or early January the Chang’e 4 spacecraft will touch down at a site near the lunar south pole within the solar system’s largest-known impact crater

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NASA InSight Lander ‘Hears’ Martian Winds

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. A media teleconference about th… Continue reading

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Gifts for people who look like they spend a lot of time outside (but are actually just from Brooklyn)

Gift Guides

The “outdoorsy” type

Some of your friends like to do stuff outside: Hiking, climbing, skiing, camping. Some of them just like to look like they do that stuff. Continue reading

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The Titanic is now a photorealistic gaming experience

RMS Titanic ship original black and white

This super precise recreation shows VR has a future in history.

Vintage Digital Revival launched a demo of its virtual reality experience “Titanic Honor and Glory.”…

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NASA TV to Air ‘Spirit of Apollo’ Tribute from National Cathedral

This month marks the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 8 mission, which was the first to bring humans to another world as they orbited the Moon on Christmas Eve, 1968. Continue reading

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NASA TV to Air ‘Spirit of Apollo’ Tribute from National Cathedral

This month marks the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 8 mission, which was the first to bring humans to another world as they orbited the Moon on Christmas Eve, 1968. Continue reading

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Who’s a Smart Dog?!

An estimate of dog intelligence requires looking at non-dogs as well to understand what’s special to canines and what is just typical of the taxonomic groups they’re in.

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Musicians Have Now Used Artificial Intelligence to Master Millions of Songs

(Inside Science) — When a song plays on the radio, there are invisible forces at work that go beyond the creative scope of the writing, performing and producing of the song. One of those ineffable qualities is audio mastering, a process that smooths… Continue reading

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Scientists Discovered The Oldest Human Plague. It Took Down Neolithic Farmers And Changed Europe’s History

Buried among 77 other people from her village in western Sweden are the bones of a 20 year-old woman. Now an analysis of DNA extracted from her teeth reveals what likely killed her. An international team of researchers has discovered the woman, who died some 5,000 years ago, had the oldest known case of the plague.

The finding suggests the world’s first plague epidemic took out her community and vast swaths of the Neolithic farming population in Europe. If confirmed, the notorious pathoge Continue reading

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Coverage Set for Russian Spacewalk at International Space Station

Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 11, to conduct a six-hour spacewalk. Continue reading

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Every work of art has its own microbiome. Most could use a probiotic.

Ferrara Church Santa Maria de Vado

Italian scientists analyzed the microbial colonization on a historic easel painting.

Italian scientists performed one of the first analyses of microbial colonization on a 17th century painting. The artwork’s microbiome could be responsible for…

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Now AI can beat you, and pretty much any other human, at a growing number of board games

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It teaches itself to win.

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The Apple Watch ECG feature is now here. This is what you need to know.

Technology

The tech could be life-saving, complicating, or both.

We tried out the new ECG feature on the latest Apple Watch. Continue reading

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The gene-edited Chinese twins represent a multi-generational ethical quandary

baby feet under blanket

It’s time to talk about informed consent.

The shocking story of the CRISPR babies—or maybies, as no outside scientists have yet confirmed their gene-edited status—has been out in the world for almost two weeks…

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The gene-edited Chinese twins represent a multi-generational ethical quandary

baby feet under blanket

It’s time to talk about informed consent.

The shocking story of the CRISPR babies—or maybies, as no outside scientists have yet confirmed their gene-edited status—has been out in the world for almost two weeks…

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Victorians worried about books like we worry about iPhones

Health

The screen time debate is not new.

Since Victorian times people have been concerned about how new innovations might damage eyesight. Continue reading

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The new jellyfish genome proves you don’t need weird genes to be a weirdo

Science

An interdisciplinary team opens a new window into the creature’s bizarre lifecycle.

Summary: Researchers sequenced the first true jellyfish genome, and found that they pull off their series of wild transformations without muc… Continue reading

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NASA Sends New Research, Hardware to Space Station on SpaceX Mission

Experiments in forest observation, protein crystal growth and in-space fuel transfer demonstration are heading to the International Space Station following the launch Wednesday of SpaceX’s 16th mission for NASA under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Continue reading

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9 things you need for a better night’s sleep

A pillow for every body part!

Hibernation isn’t an option for human beings, unfortunately. That means we’ve got to make sure every eight-hour allotment is elevated to cloud nine. These practical…

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A Compound that Makes Bees Into Queens Could also Aid Human Stem Cell Therapies

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in stem cell research that could have major implications for medical treatments that involve regenerating human cells. And their discovery came from an unlikely source: royal jelly. It’s the same substance honey bees use to turn a common bee larvae into a queen.
Royal Jelly
A queen bee starts her life just like any other bee – a larva in the honey bee hive, taken care of by her siblings. But when it’s time for a new queen, this larva is pulled aside Continue reading

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Five diets that could be deadly

Health

The desire to be thin can turn trendy diets into lethal weapons.

The desire to be thin can turn trendy diets into lethal weapons. Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Have an AIDS Vaccine?

I mentioned to a friend, a gay man nearing 60, that World AIDS Day, which has been observed on Dec. 1 since 1988, was almost upon us. He had no idea that World AIDS Day still exists.

This lack of knowledge is a testament to the great accomplishments that have occurred since World AIDS Day was created 30 years ago. It is also due to an accident in the timing of his birth that my friend escaped the devastation wreaked by AIDS among gay men in the U.S., before there was antiretroviral therap Continue reading

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Google’s Night Sight photo mode is great—here’s how to fake it with your smartphone

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Google’s Pixel phones take impressive photos in the dark. Here are some editing tips to match it.

The Google Pixel 3 is really good in the dark, but you can try to match it with any smarthpone. Continue reading

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