Blackouts Have Triggered an Energy Storage Boom in California

As utilities turn off power to prevent wildfires, more homeowners are looking to install battery backup systems | Continue reading


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Around the World is (Just) 39 Days

Originally published in January 1898 | Continue reading


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How a Small Arab Nation Built a Mars Mission from Scratch in Six Years

The United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbiter is the Arab world’s first interplanetary spacecraft — and has jump-started science in the country. Will the momentum last? | Continue reading


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Medical Students Should Be Taught How to Care for Immigrant Patients

Physicians depend on race-based markers to determine what to look for—but where someone grew up can be more important than their ethnicity | Continue reading


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For Sustainable Oyster Harvesting, Look to Native Americans' Historical Practices

Ancient trash heaps show the eastern coast’s original inhabitants managed oyster reefs for thousands of years | Continue reading


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Simulation Shows Potential for Glowing Gravitons

Research suggests a new way to pin down particles of gravity | Continue reading


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A Rush to Reopen Could Undo New Yorkers' Hard Work against COVID-19

We flattened the curve, but there are worrying signs that infections could surge again | Continue reading


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New Yorkers Flattened the Curve, but ...

...a rush to reopen could undo all of our hard work | Continue reading


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The Power of Psychedelics

They worked for my depression; could they be the future of psychiatry? | Continue reading


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In Case You Missed It

Top news from around the world | Continue reading


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Sparrow Song Undergoes Key Change

White-throated sparrows made a change to their familiar call that quickly spread across Canada. | Continue reading


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How to Fix Science's Diversity Problem

We can be aware of the issue and still hold on to patterns of thinking and behavior that perpetuate discrimination | Continue reading


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An 'Extinction Hotspot' in Appalachia

The discovery of a lost plant species highlights the need to protect other endangered species in one of the most biodiverse regions in the United States | Continue reading


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Coronavirus News Roundup, July 4-July 9

Pandemic highlights for the week | Continue reading


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Worrisome Signs Emerge for 1.5-Degree-C Climate Target

There is a 24 percent chance that global average temperature could surpass that mark in the next five years | Continue reading


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One-millionth Patent Awarded without Ceremony

Originally published in August 1911 | Continue reading


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Smooth Handfish Extinction Marks a Sad Milestone

For the first time the IUCN Red List has officially declared a marine fish alive in modern times to be extinct  | Continue reading


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Counterfactual Experiments Are Crucial, but Easy to Misunderstand

With COVID-19, as with climate, we need to explore a variety of possible futures in order to set policy | Continue reading


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Americans Increase LSD Use--and a Bleak Outlook for the World May Be to Blame

Millennials and older adults lead the surge while Gen Z stays on the sidelines | Continue reading


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Americans Increase LSD Use--and a Bleak Outlook for the World May Be to Blame

Millennials and older adults lead the surge while Gen Z stays on the sidelines | Continue reading


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Polynesians and Native South Americans Made 12th Century Contact

Scientists have found snippets of Native South American DNA in the genomes of present-day Polynesians, and they trace the contact to the year 1150. Christopher Intagliata reports. | Continue reading


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Slash CO2, Then Wait--and Wait--for Temperatures to Drop

Climate action today will take decades to manifest in global temperatures because of “climate inertia” | Continue reading


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Aliens Could Have 100 Eyes

Originally published in November 1854 | Continue reading


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Racism in Health Care Isn't Always Obvious

As physicians, we believe that recognizing it begins with understanding our own privilege and biases | Continue reading


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Aliens Could Have a Hundred Eyes

Originally published in November 1854 | Continue reading


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Viral Learning Curve

Drug manufacturers are racing to create a protective measure against coronavirus without destroying the patient’s immune system | Continue reading


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Hidden Neutrino Particles May Be a Link to the Dark Sector

An experiment aims to find a rumored new type of neutrino that could be a portal to the universe’s dark matter | Continue reading


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Comet NEOWISE Could Be Spectacular: Here's How to See It

Already visible to the naked eye, the object may soon brighten to create the greatest celestial light show in decades—or it could simply fade away | Continue reading


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COVID-19 Is Forcing Us to Rethink Clinical Trials for Cancer Treatments

Participation rates were already low, but the pandemic threatens to drive them even lower | Continue reading


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Ships Hit Smaller Sea Animals More Often than Researchers Thought

New research sheds light on the range of creatures killed and injured by collisions | Continue reading


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Animals Appreciate Recent Traffic Lull

Researchers saw a third fewer vehicle collisions with deer, elk, moose and other large mammals in the four weeks following COVID-19 shutdowns in three states they tracked. | Continue reading


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Mounting Evidence Suggests Coronavirus is Airborne--but Health Advice Has Not Caught Up

After months of denying the importance of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the World Health Organization is reconsidering its stance​ | Continue reading


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Mounting Evidence Suggests Coronavirus Is Airborne--but Health Advice Has Not Caught Up

After months of denying the importance of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the World Health Organization is reconsidering its stance​ | Continue reading


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How Universities Can Keep Foreign Governments from Stealing Intellectual Capital

The arrest of a Harvard scientist earlier this year on charges of lying about working for the Chinese government was a wake-up call | Continue reading


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Let's Defund the Pentagon, Too

We must begin moving beyond militarism, as Martin Luther King urged more than 50 years ago | Continue reading


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Warming Could Lower One Barrier to Invasive Fish Reaching Great Lakes

Mussels in the lakes, themselves invasive species, may not be able to outcompete Asian carp for food, as previously thought | Continue reading


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Black Images Matter: How Cameras Helped—and Sometimes Harmed—Black People

From Frederick Douglass to George Floyd, photography has been key for racial justice, but cameras also were used to hurt | Continue reading


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Hypnosis Can Cure Lying But not Lack of Ambition

Originally published in February 1900 | Continue reading


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Stereotypes Harm Black Lives and Livelihoods, but Research Suggests Ways to Improve Things

Management researcher Modupe Akinola explains on how stereotypes hurt Black Americans and what we can do to counter them | Continue reading


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Drones Capture Close Encounters between Great White Sharks and Beachgoers

Over the past decade, the number of encounters between humans and sharks swimming off the coast of California has risen dramatically . Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, says this summer is shaping up to be a major year for these sha … | Continue reading


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Vaccinations Have Sharply Declined Nationwide during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rates of childhood immunization have fallen across the U.S., raising the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks​ | Continue reading


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Coronavirus is Attacking the Navajo 'Because We Have Built the Perfect Human for it to Invade'

A traditional Diné storyteller explains how disadvantage and injustice have shaped her people’s encounter with COVID-19 | Continue reading


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Animals Use Social Distancing to Avoid Disease

Lobsters, birds and some primates use quarantine to ward off infections | Continue reading


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Animals Use Social Distancing to Avoid Disease

Lobsters, birds and some primates use quarantine to ward off infections | Continue reading


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Bat Says Hi As It Hunts

Velvety free-tail bats produce sounds that help them locate insect prey, but that simultaneously identify them to their companions. | Continue reading


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More U.S. Homes Are at Risk of Repeat Flooding

The significant growth in such properties has come despite billions spent to protect them | Continue reading


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To Beat a Computer at Chess, Prevent It from Learning

Originally published in February 1950 | Continue reading


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Summer on Mars: NASA's Perseverance Rover Is One of Three Missions Ready to Launch

A new generation of orbiters, landers and rovers will study the Red Planet as never before, setting the stage for returning pristine samples to Earth | Continue reading


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