Category Archives: STEM News

Why Is There So Little Research on Guns in the US? 5 Questions Answered

Part of the problem is that the federal government largely doesn’t support it

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Sleeping Sickness Can Now be Cured with Pills

Researchers are seeking approval from regulators for this quicker, easier treatment

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FDA Approves Second CAR-T Treatment for Cancer

The pricey therapy is designed for adults with advanced lymphoma

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How Ether Transformed Surgery from a Race against the Clock

Before anesthesia, surgeons battled patient agony during each procedure. But another foe awaited them next: postoperative infection

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Why Are Scientists So Bad at Recycling?

Laboratories have unique obstacles toward achieving zero waste, but incentives could help

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Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science

State attempts to accelerate high-tech solutions after treatment and law enforcement fail to stem overdose fatalities

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When Scientists Say, "Me Too"

Listen to us when we share. Don’t let us bear the burden of shame. Don’t let us think it is our fault

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The Disinformation Playbook on Steroids, Trump Style

How the administration is using old tricks to put the public at risk

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Albatross Teaches Drones the Art of Marathon Flights

We’ve seen drones modeled after geckos, insects and if you’ve watched Black Mirror there’s no way you can forget the massive bee drone swarms. Now, scientists are looking to one of nature’s best fliers, the albatross, for tips to help dron… Continue reading

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The AI That Dominated Humans in Go Is Already Obsolete

Remember AlphaGo? You know, the artificial intelligence that in 2016 soundly defeated the finest players humanity could muster in the ancient Chinese strategy game of Go; thus forcing us to relinquish the last vestige of board game superiority flesh-… Continue reading

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Scientists Zero In on a New Target for Obesity

A compound that helps rodents and monkeys slim down could offer a promising approach for human therapies

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AI versus AI: Self-Taught AlphaGo Zero Vanquishes Its Predecessor

DeepMind’s Go game-playing AI—which dominated its human competition—just got better

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World Hunger Is Increasing, Thanks to Wars and Climate Change

Despite efforts to end food shortages, a recent U.N. report shows that, after years of decline, hunger is on the rise again

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Al Franken Auditions for Senate Climate Lead, Millions Watch

Franken’s approach to climate advocacy relies on wry sarcasm and a precise mastery of scientific facts

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The Secret to a Better Night’s Sleep: A Sense of Purpose?

Intriguing new research suggests a positive sleep role for a meaningful life

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The Future of Space Is Coming, "Soonish"

A new book whimsically examines 10 emerging technologies that could change everything

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How Brexit Is Already Destabilizing Science throughout Europe

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Let’s Keep the Science in Forensic Science

A body created to set national standards is now in danger

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Maryn McKenna’s Big Chicken, Part 2

Award-winning journalist Maryn McKenna talks about her latest book Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. (Part 2 of…

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Maryn McKenna’s Big Chicken, Part 1

Award-winning journalist Maryn McKenna talks about her latest book Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. (Part 1 of…

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Ships at Sea Stoke Lightning Strikes

Exhaust fumes from oceangoing vessels lead to an almost doubling of lightning activity over shipping lanes compared to adjacent areas of the sea.

 

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How Volcanoes Starved Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt was the most powerful civilization in the world for a time. The monuments built by laborers to honor pharaohs stand to this day, testament to the vast resources at their command.

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Trump’s Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws from Consideration

An investigation revealed the president’s pick had worked to weaken opioid controls

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Why (Ex-)Hurricane Ophelia Took a Wrong Turn toward Ireland and Britain—and Carried All That Dust

What set it apart from other Atlantic hurricanes was its direct route to Europe

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Climate Skeptics Want More CO2

A key argument used to downplay the consequences of climate change is resurfacing

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Will Studies of 700 Pro Fighters Help Predict Future Brain Damage?

Researchers hope blood and brain scans may detect new clues

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How to Make a Consciousness Meter

Zapping the brain with magnetic pulses while measuring its electrical activity is proving to be a reliable way to detect consciousness

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Peering Within: An Introduction to the November Issue

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Neutron Star Collisions Create Gold

Astrophysicists searching for gravitational waves have finally learned what happens when you crash two neutron stars together–and it’s very, very shiny.

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Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain

Many physicians are advocating a simpler approach to treating lower back pain: exercise

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