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Energy planners are working to increase the grid's reliability to keep the power on during droughts, wildfires and heat waves
The atom interferometry technique uses the effects of time dilation to reveal subtle changes in gravity’s strength.
Work on genetically modified pigs might provide a solution to the strange illness
NASA’s Mars Ascent Vehicle will attempt a wildly unconventional liftoff to bring Red Planet samples back to Earth.
Turning off the camera when trying to hash out new ideas might help
Eventually, the most ethical option might be to divert all resources toward building very happy machines
Two testing experts explain the latest data on how well the assays perform
The Marshall Fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes in December
Efforts to change problematic names, whether on federal, state or local lands, are steps toward justice and reconciliation
There are no individual saviors for Tonga’s Internet infrastructure
Florida manatees are “talking” up a storm, and a team that has been recording those sounds for seven years is starting to understand the chatter.
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. (By @tanyalewis314)
In partnership with @sciam, we explore the issue of weight stigma within the medical community in the U.S., how it affects patients and what doctors are doing to address the issue. Watch here:…
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Superdeterminism, a radical quantum hypothesis, says our “choices” are illusory. | Perspective by @Horganism
Overheating is a major problem for today’s computers, but those of tomorrow might stay cool by circumventing a canonical boundary on information processing.
Studies of bird feeding in the U.K. raise concerns about the ecological impacts of provisioning our feathered friends.
Several recent studies point to a small, long-overlooked structure in the brain stem as a crucial gatekeeper for the body’s signals.
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The Starliner team is confident the malfunctions won’t prevent the spacecraft from completing its mission
COVID misinformation has led to many top scientists leaving their public positions, putting health policy in the hands of people with limited expertise
Technology editor Sophie Bushwick breaks down precedent for using your phone to monitor personal health data.
Complex weapon systems are inherently prone to accidents, and this latest launch is one of a long history of military accidents in India
E-mailed exchanges show NASA’s internal struggle to address pleas to change the controversial name of its latest, greatest observatory.
MDMA, recreationally known as Ecstasy or Molly, gained high marks in a clinical trial for PTSD.
On May 18, 2022, Massachusetts health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a single case of monkeypox in a patient who had recently traveled to Canada. Cases have also been reported in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Earlier snowmelt can leave less water available to generate power during the height of summer
The HIV/AIDS crisis has lessons for the COVID pandemic and other health inequities
Overestimating minority populations can lead to reduced support for diversity and inclusion programs
Instead of lathering on skin cream or heading to the spa, dolphins treat irritated skin by grinding against mucus-oozing corals and sponges. A new study finds this coral goo is loaded with beneficial, anti-bacterial compounds! My latest for @sciam:…
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Once considered practically unseeable, a phenomenon called the Unruh effect might soon be revealed in laboratory experiments
A huge invasive spider that invaded Georgia from East Asia could soon take over most of the U.S. East Coast, a new study has revealed.
A gigantic comet is actually the largest ever seen, new observations by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm.
Securing the needed minerals and metals could be a stumbling block to reaching its ambitious goals
A new study links sea ice decline with increasing wildfire weather in the Western United States.
This 'gorgoning' releases antibacterial compounds and other substances that dolphins could be using to self-medicate
Four innovators are finding new solutions for the problem of injustice
The Omicron variant appears to be creating more cases in small children.
Our ancestors' big break came on the worst day in Earth's history. Textbooks often tell a simple tale: the dinosaurs died, and mammals survived and quickly took over. Paleontologist @SteveBrusatte fills out this origin story with fascinating new details.…
Mammals scurried in the shadows of dinosaurs for millions of years until a killer asteroid created a new world of evolutionary opportunity. Read the June issue to discover how our ancestors conquered Earth:
Tuberculosis is preventable and curable, yet it afflicts one quarter of the world’s population—mostly because of poverty
Around the world, people who face discrimination are more likely to have heart disease and die of it. My piece for @sciam on the extent of the problem.…
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Genetics is the biggest factor that contributes to body size. If parents have obesity, the likelihood that children will have excess weight is between 55–85%, even with optimal behaviors. 📽️ Watch our short documentary on weight stigma in health
“Weight bias needs to be picked up as a major threat to the health of our public,” @askdrfatima said, an obesity specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Doctors like her are working to address this problem: By @kelso_harper in collab w/ @RetroReport
As a social worker, a big part of Melissa Krechmer's job is listening to people. Yet she wondered why doctors had such a hard time listening to her. No matter her medical problem, they always focused on her weight. Her story isn't uncommon. Here's why:
WATCH: Many heavier patients report avoiding medical care for fear of mistreatment because of their size—just one of myriad ways weight stigma manifests in health care. 📽️ By@kelso_harperr in partnership…6
Graphics show how reefs around the globe are faring
Long-awaited boosts to the world’s most powerful collider could spur breakthroughs in the hunt for physics beyond the Standard Model
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ended hopes of launching the ExoMars rover in 2022. Now the mission may never lift off at all
To answer that question, expanded testing is needed that can determine levels of T immune cells
As this latest version of SARS-CoV-2 sweeps the planet, pandemic-weary people everywhere are asking the same question: Is society doomed to confront a succession of new viral variants, each one more contagious than the last?
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