Category Archives: STEM News

Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?

A new paper argues that the condition now known as “Dissociative Identity Disorder” might help us understand the fundamental nature of reality

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Weeds Are Winning in the War against Herbicide Resistance

Herbicides are under evolutionary threat. Can modern agriculture find a new way to fight back?

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Jupiter Crackles With Polar Lightning

Juno spacecraft data suggest lightning on Jupiter is much more common than we thought—but it congregates near the poles, not the equator as on Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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The Erosion of Reality

The most immediate AI threat may be the distortion of truth; something we, and other species, have been doing for a long time

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Terrible Teeth Reveal How Dinosaurs Chomped

Big or small, the teeth or carnivorous dinosaurs were adapted to a particular method of shredding flesh

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Dengue Vaccine Makers Struggle to Find a Diagnostic That Will Make its Product Safe to Use

Right now, each child would need to be tested prior to receiving the shot 

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My Father, the Chemist, Teaches Anatomy

Most scientists would see a dead deer on the roadside and drive on, not bring it home to butcher for dinner

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Dear Dad

A message of gratitude for Father’s Day

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Remote Mentorship from K–12 to Tenure

With increasingly creative approaches, mentors can open doors to experiences, challenges and even labs that might otherwise be a world away

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Numerous Health Problems Burden Young Adults with Autism

Young people with autism have more psychiatric and medical conditions than do their typical peers or those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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Bloomsday Tribute to James Joyce, Greatest Mind-Scientist Ever

Ulysses doesn’t solve the hard problem, but it conveys with unsurpassed vividness what it feels like to be human.

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Tiny Orchid Seeds Possess Understated Beauty and, Occasionally, Tools

Enterprising seeds secure preferred real estate by deploying coiled threads

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Why Don’t Bees Celebrate Father’s Day?

Drone bees don’t have fathers, but they still have family. Chromosomes are the key to understanding the buzz around a bee’s parents.

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What’s It Take to Get to Pluto?

Astrobiologist David Grinspoon describes some of the stories that make up his new book on NASA’s epic first mission to Pluto

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World Cup Ban on Radioactive Chemicals Frustrates Russian Biochemistry Labs

Security measures implemented in advance of the event have affected some scientists

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Microsoft’s Purchase of GitHub Leaves Some Scientists Uneasy

They fear the online platform will become less open, but other researchers say the buyout could make GitHub more useful

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Coral Reefs Keep Costly Waves at Bay

A new analysis found the flood protection benefits of coral reefs save the global economy $4 billion dollars a year. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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New European Rules May Give US Internet Users True Privacy Choices for the First Time

The GDPR may offer a way forward that allows consumers to reclaim control of their information

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How Can a Baby Have 3 Parents?

It seems impossible, right? We have been taught from the time we were young that babies are made when a sperm and an egg come together, and the DNA from these two cells combine to make a unique individual with half the DNA from the mother and half from… Continue reading

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Cities Look to "Virtual Power" to Reach Climate Goals

The approach to buying renewable energy to offset electricity use was pioneered by major corporations

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Living with Neighborhood Violence May Shape Teens’ Brains

Researchers say they have linked such exposures with downstream effects

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The Standard Model (of Physics) at 50

It has successfully predicted many particles, including the Higgs Boson, and has led to 55 Nobels so far, but there’s plenty it still can’t account for

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That Vision Thing: New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn’t Seen

Scientists have developed machine-learning that can teach itself to visualize a three-dimensional scene from unobserved angles

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Hippo Dung Fouls Up Freshwater Fisheries

Hippo poop is piling up in Tanzania’s freshwater fisheries—which is bad news for biodiversity, and deleterious for the dinner plate. Jason G. Goldman reports. 

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First SpaceX Hyperloop Transit Pod Contender Unveiled [Video]

Competitors are racing to answer Elon Musk’s call to create a capsule that can carry commuters at the speed of sound. M.I.T. unveiled its entry on Friday

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Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal

Service is supposedly restored to most customers, but some say water is now unclean

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"Ghost" Cytometry May Improve Cancer Detection, Enable New Experiments

This new cell-sorting method could offer more options in the lab and clinic

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Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal

The shift could change which prey animals hunt or make it harder to find food

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Giant Black Hole Swallows a Star and Belches Out a Superfast Particle Jet

A decade-long international effort to track a star’s death by black hole could lift the veil on galaxy formation in the early universe

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Antarctic Melt Rate Has Tripled in the Last 25 Years

With ice loss speeding up, previous sea level rise projections may be too low

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