Category Archives: STEM News

Drowning of the Marshes Protecting New Orleans is ‘Inevitable,’ New Research Shows

The remaining Mississippi Delta marshes, covering an area larger than Connecticut, are already doomed by sea level rise — and others around the world could be, too. Continue reading

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What Are the Health Benefits of Yerba Mate?

The impressive health benefits of drinking yerba mate include increased energy and enhanced weight loss. Should you trade your coffee or tea for this traditional South American beverage?

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The Special Challenge of Fighting COVID-19 in Africa

Western governments and NGOs are grappling with their own outbreaks, leaving African nations largely on their own

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A Failure of Imagination

Nature does not have to play fair with our puny human brains

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Kids Aren’t Spared From the Coronavirus. A New Inflammatory Condition in Children is on the Rise.

Fevers, rashes, nausea and other less-visible symptoms point to the mysterious Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome apparently related to the coronavirus. Continue reading

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What Do COVID-19 Antibody Tests Show — and Can the Results Be Trusted?

The tests are crucial to understanding the full scope of the COVID-19 pandemic. But right now, the results aren’t reliable. Continue reading

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Cows Slaughtered to Prevent Lung Disease

Originally published in April 1860

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Wandering Stars Pass Near Our Solar System Surprisingly Often

Our sun has had close encounters with other stars in the past, and it’s due for a dangerously close one in the not-so-distant future. Continue reading

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Do Humans Have a ‘Mating Season’?

Most animals mate at a certain time of year. But humans do things a bit differently. Continue reading

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Do Humans Have a ‘Mating Season’?

Most animals mate at a certain time of year. But humans do things a bit differently. Continue reading

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How Will COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps Work in the U.S.?

Engineers build privacy into the design of U.S. contact tracing smartphone apps. Continue reading

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To Fight Plastic Pollution, These Researchers Want Your Pictures of Beach Trash

Every year, 8 million tons of plastic get dumped into the ocean. Scientists want your help tracking where it comes from and where it goes. Continue reading

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Short Attention Spans Make Movies Popular

Originally published in January 1917

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Pluto’s Weird Atmosphere Just Collapsed

The dramatic fall in atmospheric pressure on Pluto is much larger than astronomers expected. Continue reading

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When Do Babies’ Microbiomes Begin to Form?

Scientists are trying to understand when infants are exposed to helpful bacteria for the first time. Continue reading

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Satellites Endanger Pristine Views of the Night Sky

UNESCO should declare the heavens a World Heritage site

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How Many Galaxies Are There? Astronomers Are Revealing the Enormity of the Universe

The universe is awash in islands of matter — some 100 billion galaxies make up the basic building blocks of the cosmos. Continue reading

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Loss of Smell, Confusion, Strokes: Does COVID-19 Target the Nervous System?

Reports of patients with neurological symptoms have emerged during the pandemic. Scientists don’t yet know whether these are a direct effect of the virus or part of the body’s response to infection. Continue reading

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Jupiter’s Largest Moons Might Have Formed From Dust

The study of exoplanets has revolutionized our understanding of how planets are born and evolve. And now, a new theory applies those insights closer to home. Continue reading

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If We’re Not Careful, Tech Could Hurt the Fight against COVID-19

Here are four questions we need to ask ourselves

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Immersive Violence

Virtual reality could help domestic batterers identify with victims

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Immersive Violence

Virtual reality could help domestic batterers identify with victims

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Finding Inner Harmony: The Underappreciated Legacy of Karen Horney

She believed in the great potential for growth and development

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Finding Inner Harmony: The Underappreciated Legacy of Karen Horney

She believed in the great potential for growth and development

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Will A.I. Make Medicine More Human?

Cardiologist Eric Topol explores how machine learning could help doctors reconnect with patients. Continue reading

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Best CBD Gummies UK for Pain, Sleep & Anxiety (2020)

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Some Types of Coronavirus Only Cause Colds — What Makes This New Virus Different?

Odds are, you’ll get a normal cold from at least one of four kinds of coronavirus varieties in your life. Continue reading

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Coronavirus Roundup for May 9-May 15

Here are pandemic news highlights for the week

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A Psychologist Explains How to Cope With Video Chat When You’re Socially Anxious

Zooming is all the rage, and that’s causing social anxiety to rear its ugly head among some people. Continue reading

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The Science Books We’re Reading in Summer 2020

No matter how you spend your summer, you’ll need a good book to keep you company. Continue reading

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