Category Archives: STEM News

Bees Have a Goldilocks Lawn Mow Schedule

Lawns mowed every two weeks hosted more bees than lawns mowed every three weeks. Jason G. Goldman reports. 

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Speaking Science to Power

A statement released by 317 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences challenges the widespread dismissal of science and scientific understanding by the current administration.

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Precarious Life of Texas Farmworkers Becomes Riskier with Warming

Increasing heat, drought and mosquito-borne diseases make this work more dangerous

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Poachers versus Poop

The key to saving elephants and other species may lie in the DNA contained in their droppings, says conservation biologist Samuel Wasser

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Could an Industrial Prehuman Civilization Have Existed on Earth Before Ours?

A provocative new paper suggests some ways to find out

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The Making of Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight

The backstory to a book that, sadly, is no longer that easy to obtain…

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Paleo Profile: Martin’s Sea Turtle

This Cretaceous chelonian is close to the origin of the hard-shelled sea turtles that still swim the oceans

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Including Some Activism with Your Earth Day Arts and Crafts

Remembering the scale and impact of the day’s origin may inspire kids to expand their Earth Day plans

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If Singing’s Tough, Try Whistling

A new study claims it’s easier to accurately whistle a melody than to sing it. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Zombie Cicadas’ Bodies Are Literally Falling Apart

Parasitic fungus manipulates bodies and bedroom behavior of hapless insects

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How to Stop Abandoning Projects

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers five ways to stop abandoning projects and finally cross the finish line.

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Panel Recommends FDA Approval of Epilepsy Drug Derived from Marijuana

Decision paves path to the U.S.’s first medication made from marijuana

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In 200 Years Cows May Be the Biggest Land Mammals on the Planet

Humans may be driving large mammals to extinction

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Antarctic Glaciers Are Helping Drive Their Own Melt

Meltwater is fueling a feedback loop that lets warm seawater eat away at them from below

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What’s It Like to Be Queer in STEM?

A nationwide project is surveying the experiences of LGBTQ+ scientists to find out

 

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Chemotherapy without Pills or Needles

A promising new class of lung-cancer therapies can simply be inhaled, minimizing the side effects to other, healthy organs

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New NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Faces "Uphill Climb" after Contentious Confirmation

Partisanship and his past statements about climate change could hinder Bridenstine’s leadership of the space agency

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How Deep Is Your Carbon Footprint?–Celebrate Earth Day with Data

An infographic reveals the most effective ways to live more sustainably

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It’s Full of Stars: New 3-D Milky Way Map Could Settle Debate over Who Discovered the First Exoplanet

Better data from the Gaia spacecraft also promises to shed light on mysterious brown dwarfs

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End the War on Weed

Federal marijuana laws are counterproductive and overly harsh

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Earth Day and the Hockey Stick: A Singular Message

On the 20th anniversary of the graph that galvanized climate action, it is time to speak out boldly

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Traffic Deaths Increase after 4:20 P.M. on 4/20

A look at a database of fatal traffic accidents found a 12 percent increase on the informal marijuana holiday 4/20 after 4:20 P.M. compared with nearby dates.

 

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This Organ Helps Sea Nomads Dive Deeper for Longer

When we think of the organs that help humans stay alive under the water, the heart and lungs top the list. But there’s another organ that deserves recognition as well, though few of us would think to name it. It’s the spleen.

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Some Mutations Tied to Autism May Be Passed Down from Fathers

The findings go against previous studies that suggest mutations are inherited from mothers

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Competition Meets Collaboration: The City Nature Challenge

When you hear the word “nature,” you’re likely to think of your last camping trip to a state park, or of grandiose landscapes with forests, lakes, and snow-capped mountains. You may remember the last trip to the beach and the variety of birds you… Continue reading

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"Sea Nomads" May Have Evolved to Be the World’s Elite Divers

New genetic evidence suggests these indigenous Southeast Asians are singularly suited for underwater hunting

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What’s Next for TESS, NASA’s New Exoplanet Hunter?

The spacecraft is headed to its science orbit and prepping to discover thousands of alien worlds

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"Warm Transplants" Save Livers and Lives

A machine that maintains organs at body temperature may help alleviate shortages

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We Can Make Large Dams More Friendly to the Environment

We’re unlikely to tear them all down, but math can help us figure out how to reduce their ecosystem impact

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Recent Ocean Heat Waves Have "Forever" Altered Great Barrier Reef

At least 30 percent of corals died off in 2016, and more extreme heat is likely in store

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