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The freaky physics phenomenon of quantum tunneling may mutate genes.
All pandemics end eventually. But how, exactly, will we know when the COVID-19 pandemic is really “over”? It turns out the answer to that question may lie more in sociology than epidemiology.
Most of the people mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II were not close to her—research can shed light on the nature of their grief
By raiding garbage bins and trashing Sydney-area streets in the process, cockatoos may have started an innovation arms race with humans desperate to keep their neighborhoods clean:
New research has discovered the first case of acoustic mimicry between a mammal and an insect—an acquired skill that could just save certain bats’ skin.
A surge of new research underscores the growing global problem of light pollution—as well as the urgent need for public awareness and action
A mathematical model reveals the best way to achieve consistently tasty espresso
Topology, sometimes called rubber sheet geometry, is finding patterns in the brain, drugs and evolution
A legal battle over nitrogen hypoxia, a new potential method of execution, raises ethical questions
The James Webb Space Telescope’s snapshots of a giant world orbiting another star show that the observatory is performing even better than expected and that its best exoplanet images are yet to come
By ruling in favor of two doctors accused of running pill mills, SCOTUS is clarifying opioid prescription practices
Researchers are rushing to calculate the greenhouse-gas emissions resulting from mysterious leaks in major gas pipelines that connect Russia to Europe
Florida hospitals are among the most vulnerable to flooding during hurricanes, but others along the East Coast and Gulf Coast are at risk, too
Gaslighting feeds off social vulnerabilities and stereotypes. It entrenches existing power imbalances while fostering new ones.
Society’s stereotypes can slip into communication in subtle ways
Researchers are cautiously optimistic following companies’ announcement of positive results for lecanemab
An expert explains how numbers can mislead and what she’s doing to help people understand them better
A controversial new theory suggests the Milky Way galaxy’s arms sent comets hurtling toward early Earth, where impacts built new continental crust
Are there any female and / or BIPOC science reporter folks who want to contribute to our 60 second science pod for @sciam? Happy to DM rates / info. And — if you’re new to audio or out of school, would love to work with you. ❤️
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A diamond contains the only known sample of a mineral from Earth’s mantle—and hints at oceans’ worth of water hidden deep within our planet
The celestial crash between NASA’s DART spacecraft and the asteroid Dimorphos is yielding spectacular pictures and data
The basic concept of quantum spin provides an understanding of a vast range of physical phenomena
A combination of rapid growth in battery storage and efforts to reduce power demand helped California avoid blackouts during an intense heat wave.
Acquaintances, more than close friends, show the strength of “weak ties” when it comes to employment
For nearly two months, the Atlantic had no hurricane activity. Then September arrived with a flurry of storms
Though conservatives have attacked California officials for asking electric vehicle owners to unplug during a heat wave, experts say more electric cars won’t topple the power grid
Join our live Q&A with Kimberly Smith hosted on Facebook and Twitter! Tweet your questions with #18MinutesWith [Sponsored by @ViiVUS]…
This is our second back-to-school special episode. Today, we talk about two big issues—the low vaccination rates among the littlest kids, and how long you should quarantine after being sick (actually).
President Biden declared that "the pandemic is over." With at least 400 people in the U.S. still dying every day, and many more around the world, is it really? @jfischman and @tanyalewis314 discuss this on the latest episode of "COVID, Quickly" 🎧
Poop snooping could help us all react more quickly to new coronavirus variants or to future pandemics. All you have to do to contribute to the flush.
When Y.Y. started college at @HowardU as a mechanical engineering student, she quickly encountered the difficulty of entering industry as one of the few Black women in her field. 🎧 @LostWomenofScii Season 3, Episode 2 is out
A tiny bug manipulates the behavior of its hosts to ensure its unlikely life cycle
People fully vaccinated against polio have little to fear
Countries are struggling with how to share genetic code from myriad ocean creatures, which could lead to billion-dollar drugs
One megafauna extends its nerve fibers at an astonishing rate of five centimeters per day
The physics Nobelist and author has not exactly found religion—but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped looking
Don’t forget to tune in later today and pose your questions about HIV/AIDS in our LIVE #18MinutesWith Q&A with Kimberly Smith, head of R&D at ViiV Healthcare.…
When COVID swept the planet, the moral injury crisis became more pressing as ethically wrenching dilemmas became the new normal—not just for health care workers but for others in frontline roles.
All pandemics end eventually. But how, exactly, will we know when the COVID-19 pandemic is really “over”? It turns out the answer to that question may lie more in sociology than epidemiology.
The freaky physics phenomenon of quantum tunneling may mutate genes.
How did YY Clark break so many barriers as an engineer? It started with her family. Listen to Episode 1 of “The First Lady of Engineering,” wherever you get your podcasts.… @prx @sciam @UNCF #womeninengineering #Blackhistory
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As the weather gets colder and we all spend more time indoors with more COVID and flu circulating, spare a thought for your indoor air quality! Here's our handy explainer to help you out @sciam:…
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Energy experts say localized solar plants could strengthen Puerto Rico’s dangerously fragile grid
The scientific testing techniques and reporting system have been so successful that the CDC is now aiming to expand its efforts to track other pathogens, such as flu viruses and salmonella, in hopes of responding more quickly to future regional outbreaks. (5/5)
At @BiobotAnalytics technicians sift out the viral particles using nanoscale magnetic beads and then run them through a PCR machine—the same device used for the most accurate type of COVID testing. (4/5)
While the idea of turning to poop for data might seem desperate, the process is fairly high-tech: wastewater treatment facilities pump out small samples, which are then shipped to public and private labs for further examination. (3/5)
All you have to do to contribute to the flush. “You're counted, regardless of your access to health care. Regardless of whether you have symptoms, as long as you're using the toilet and that toilet is connected to a wastewater collection system.” (2/5)
With the rise of home testing, health officials lost their tight grip on COVID case tallies. Epidemiologists had a solution—poop snooping. (1/5) 📽️ Here’s how the pandemic made wastewater monitoring (By@lgroskinn)S
🚨New Science Doc🚨 produced fo@sciamam, in which you'll learn how & why the CDC and private companies lik@BiobotAnalyticscs polish our poop into epidemiological gold. (w/ immense thanks t@Jeffdelviscioio@jasondrakefordr@cduvallete@amylizkzk…Vi
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