Category Archives: STEM News

Prevent Foggy Glasses while Wearing a Mask with These Tips

A medical doctor shares game-changing tips on how to mask up when wearing glasses during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

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Nobelist Talks CRISPR Uses

New Nobel laureate in chemistry Jennifer Doudna talks about various applications of the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

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Cocktail Chemistry: 10 Science-Backed Tips for the Perfect Drink

Are your homemade cocktails never as good as the real thing? Fear not, science has you covered! Continue reading

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New Tinnitus Treatment Alleviates Annoying Ringing in the Ears

A noninvasive device designed to rewire brain circuits reduced symptoms of tinnitus in a large, exploratory clinical trial

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Octopus Farms Could Become a Reality. Scientists Warn This Isn’t a Good Idea

Efforts to raise octopuses in captivity, like we do with salmon and other fish, are on the rise. But farming these sea creatures to become our food might be unethical and bad for the environment, some scientists say. Continue reading

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Why Astronomy is Considered the Oldest Science

Initially a cosmic curiosity, the night sky was eventually decoded by ancient peoples, making astronomy one of (if not the) oldest science. Continue reading

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Why Wearing a Face Mask Halfway Can Be Dangerous   

COVID-19 targets the types of cells that are found in the nose. Researchers say an exposed nose likely makes someone more prone to getting infected. Continue reading

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A Political Scientist’s Guide to Following the Election

It’ll be messy, but we have the tools and the technology to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to cast a vote and have it counted

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He Became Depressed and His Sex Drive Disappeared. What Was the Cause?

‘Everything was fine’ for this salesman, but he couldn’t shake his funk. His hormones may have had something to do with it. Continue reading

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When Whales Stop Calling

Seismic surveys looking for oil and gas deposits are interfering with cetacean communication, likely stressing the marine mammals

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The Quantum Internet Will Blow Your Mind. Here’s What It Will Look Like

The next generation of the Internet will rely on revolutionary new tech — allowing for unhackable networks and information that travels faster than the speed of light. Continue reading

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The Science of America’s Dueling Political Narratives

Elections aren’t won on the basis of policies; they’re won on the basis of the stories each side tells about itself and its values

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Reports of Rising UFO Sightings are Greatly Exaggerated

The pandemic has not sparked a shocking rise in UFO sightings, experts say. But the public is growing increasingly confused by ordinary objects they see in the sky. Continue reading

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Is Rainwater Safe to Drink? Runoff Collected by Volunteers Offers Clues

A citizen science project called Off the Roof tested rainwater runoff collected by volunteers. They found that rainwater can be easily treated, but does often have contaminants similar to what’s found in streams and rivers. Continue reading

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Six Galaxies Trapped in the Web of an Ancient Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered a half-dozen galaxies, which formed within the first billion years of the universe, blockading a supermassive black hole. Continue reading

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Coronavirus News Roundup, September 26-October 2

Pandemic highlights for the week

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Diet by DNA: Is the Best Way to Eat Written in Your Genes?

Nutrigenomics companies that use genetic data to create diets are becoming more popular. But does matching diet to genes improve health? Continue reading

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Wilderness

The great outdoors is good for our overall health, but this precious resource is in danger. Continue reading

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How We Will Really Find E.T. — Not with a Message, But with a Molecule

The grand discovery of alien life is likely to come in the form of frustratingly subtle chemical clues. Continue reading

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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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