Category Archives: STEM News

Winter Arctic Sea Ice Peaks at 7th Skimpiest on Record

The ice has likely reached an “uneventful maximum,” but the long-term decline due to human-caused warming continues. Continue reading

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Iconic Cherry Blossoms Are Blooming Earlier Than Ever in Washington, D.C.

And in Japan, this year’s arrival was the earliest in 1,200 years

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Why Does It Rain So Much in Spring?

Ah, springtime: The sun is finally out, birds are chirping, buds are blooming — and your plans are likely getting rained on. Here’s why the onset of spring is followed by months of rain. Continue reading

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The Erection of a Placebo

When yesterday’s placebo is tomorrow’s treatment Continue reading

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A City in Brazil’s Amazon Rain Forest Is a Stark Warning about COVID to the Rest of the World

Manaus and cities like it will continue to generate dangerous viral variants if vaccination campaigns are not expanded to broadly reach all nations, rich or poor

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Why CBD Skin Care Could Beautify Your Life

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The Inside Story Behind the Historic First Flight on Mars

Even if the Ingenuity helicopter fails, it is already a success — an engineering resource for a grand future of flight on other worlds. Continue reading

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The Science of Migraines

Everything you need to know about the latest research on the causes, triggers, and treatments for migraine headaches. Continue reading

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Data and Technology Can Help Us Make Progress on COVID Inequities

The pandemic gives an opportunity to turn the tide for our nation’s most vulnerable communities

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Coronavirus News Roundup, March 20 – March 26

Pandemic highlights for the week

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Don’t Count on Evolution to Save Us from Toxic Chemicals and Pollution

Chemicals and pollutants are just about everywhere in our environment. And the pace of evolutionary change in our bodies appears to be too slow for humans to adapt to them. Continue reading

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Your Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines, Answered

Are coronavirus vaccines safe? What’s in them? Is one option better than another? Will a vaccine make me immune? How long will they remain effective? Has anyone died after getting the vaccine? Continue reading

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Four Crazy Stars Astronomers Think Might Really Exist

From stars made of dark matter to stars literally living inside their partners, these stellar systems are theoretically possible. Continue reading

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President Biden Should Push for the Human Exploration of Mars

Robotic rovers such as Perseverance are great, but they can’t answer the most fundamental questions about the Red Planet

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High Precision Star Maps Boost Interstellar Navigation System

Navigation for starship commanders just got easier. Continue reading

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How At-Home Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests Compare to Colonoscopies

At-home colonoscopy alternatives are gaining popularity. Here’s what to consider. Continue reading

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After You Die, Your Body Could Be Turned Into a Diamond

Cremation diamonds: Here’s how science can give you an afterlife in the form of shiny compressed carbon. Continue reading

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After You Die, Your Body Could Be Turned Into a Diamond

Cremation diamonds: Here’s how science can give you an afterlife in the form of shiny compressed carbon. Continue reading

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What The Shade-Grown Label Means on Your Coffee

It alludes to a specific type of farming that could have significant benefits to the ecosystem that houses our favorite caffeinated beverage. Continue reading

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New Images of M87’s Black Hole Reveal Its Swirling Magnetic Field

The Event Horizon Telescope’s newest images of M87’s supermassive black hole hint at how its jets are fired far into space. Continue reading

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Is Estrogen Deficiency Really a Thing?

The catchall term plays into a cultural notion that estrogen is what makes a woman a woman

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The Cancers That Are Contagious

Cancer generally cannot be passed from one person to another. But among certain animals, a few rare types of cancer can spread like bacteria or viruses do. Continue reading

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COVID-19 Vaccine: What Side Effects — or No Side Effects — Mean

Everyone’s body responds to the COVID-19 vaccines differently. Continue reading

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Programming Language Converts Laws Into ‘Provably Correct’ Computer Code

Some legal text is so highly prescribed that it functions like an algorithm. So a team of computer scientist have created a programming language that can capture and execute these laws. Continue reading

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The Search for a Cause of Transness Is Misguided

It can be well-intentioned, but it’s a dangerous path that leaves little room for a real understanding of gender and gender identity

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Life Elsewhere in the Universe: When Did We First Consider the Possibility?

Ancient people looked up at the night sky and pondered the question of alien life, too. Continue reading

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Should You Walk or Run for Exercise?

Walking is good for you, but running might be twice as beneficial. Here’s why. Continue reading

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Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon

Is it really just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or to get “back to normal?”

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We Need Social Science, Not Just Medical Science, to Beat the Pandemic

Human behavior and social inequity are huge confounding factors

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Why Less Exercise Can Bring Better Results

As long as we keep up the intensity, both pro athletes and the general population can occasionally benefit from fewer workout sessions. Continue reading

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