Category Archives: STEM News

A Drone Crashed into Apple Park … Oops

It turns out more than just Apple employees are crashing into the Apple campus. (Seriously, they’re running into its glass walls)

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First Video of DNA Organization Settles Scientific Debate

For all its precise helical structure, the DNA inside our cells is a mess.

When a cell isn’t preparing for the process of splitting itself in two, our DNA lies in a massive tangle inside the cell nucleus; a strand more than six feet in length jumbled … Continue reading

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Before Hitting the Road, Self-Driving Cars Should Have to Pass a Driving Test

Researchers can’t always tell exactly why something works but they can evaluate the outcome

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SpaceX Launches Test Satellites for Internet Constellation

The launch also marked the company’s first attempt to recover and reuse the fairing of its Falcon 9 rocket

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What Is "Normal," Anyway?

In psychology and psychiatry, it really means "average" or "typical," but we too easily think of it as a synonym for "how everyone is supposed to think and feel"

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West Coast Wetlands Could Nearly Disappear in 100 Years

Although the Gulf and East coasts get most of the attention, the West Coast could see massive losses

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Ozone Pollution Grows, but It Can Be Fixed

Technology can be improved in developed countries, and spread much more widely in developing countries

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Mosquitoes Learn the Smell of Danger

The bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports.

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Scaly Plastic Snakeskins Inch Immobile Robots Forward

These stretchy skins help robots move across rough surfaces, and potentially promote exploration and environmental monitoring.

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The Shuri Effect: A Generation of Black Scientists?

There are a zillion things to love about Black Panther, but seeing Letitia Wright embody a brilliant black scientist brought me incredible joy

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Talking with–Not Just to–Kids Powers How They Learn Language

Back-and-forth exchanges build the brain’s language center and verbal ability

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Grocers Get Robotic Help to Compete Against Amazon

“What happens if grocery retailers can help you put a fresh dinner on the table faster than pizza delivery and cheaper than restaurant delivery?” That vision comes from CommonSense Robotics, an Israeli startup with plans to open its first AI-run fu… Continue reading

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Study Adds Weight to Benefits of Genetically Engineered Crops

A review of the research on genetically engineered corn concludes that the benefits appear to outweigh the drawbacks.

In a meta-analysis, where researchers synthesize the findings of many studies, researchers from the University of Pisa and the San… Continue reading

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Study Adds Weight to Benefits of Genetically Engineered Crops

A review of the research on genetically engineered corn concludes that the benefits appear to outweigh the drawbacks.

In a meta-analysis, where researchers synthesize the findings of many studies, researchers from the University of Pisa and the Sant’… Continue reading

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Red Wine Could Yield a Better Toothpaste

Red wine colors your tongue, but your teeth may not mind a little juice of the vine.

Sipping moderate—keyword, moderate—amounts of wine on a regular basis can be good for your colon, heart, immune system and mental health. Wine, after all, was at … Continue reading

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Adolescent Risk-Takers: The Power of Peers

Teenagers are often thought of as reckless risk-takers. Nature Video asks a neuroscientist and a group of adolescents ​what’s really behind risky behaviour.

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A Star Is Shorn: The Fine Art of Spotting Supernovae Is Ideal for Amateurs

With a simple telescope and camera, a backyard skywatcher has helped professional astronomers witness the never-before-seen beginnings of a star’s explosive death

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Proposed Exomoon Defies Formation Theories

The mysterious object could be the first moon found beyond our solar system—or something else entirely

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Matching DNA to a Diet Does Not Work

The results come from a rigorous, $8 million study

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Seas Will Rise for 300 Years

And the longer it takes to reduce carbon emissions, the higher they will go

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Canceling NASA’s High-Priority Missions: Bad Policy, Bad Precedent, Bad for Science

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Physicists Plan Antimatter’s First Outing–in a Van

Researchers intend to transport the elusive material between labs and use it to study the strange behavior of rare radioactive nuclei 

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7 Beliefs of Emotionally Healthy People

Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals 7 big beliefs healthy people share

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Measuring the Magic of Healing

While researchers wrestle to define and capture “healing,” its power continues to mend hearts and souls—if not always bodies

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Programming a DNA Clock

Engineers have created a DNA-based chemical oscillator, opening the door to molecular computing

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Needed: Info on Biodiversity Change over Time

Understanding an ecosystem means following changes in the abundances and identities of the species present as the clock ticks. The BioTIME database should help.

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An Adorable Dumbo Octopus Stretches Its ‘Wings’

See this little guy? He’s just emerged into the world, but the appropriately-named Dumbo octopus is already taking his first flaps.

Resemblance to a certain flying elephant notwithstanding, Dumbo octopuses actually live far below the ocean’s surface… Continue reading

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What Makes Us Vibe?

We like other people in part because they think the way we do—but we may also think alike as a result of being friends

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North Korea’s Growing Criminal Cyberthreat

The country’s cybercrime efforts are all seemingly state-sponsored and steal money that is then used to fund its cash-strapped government

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When AI Steers Us Astray

A new debugging tool can pinpoint errors that cause neural networks to make mistakes

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