Category Archives: STEM News

What a U.S. Government Shutdown Would Mean for Science

The National Institutes of Health would stop processing grants, but astronauts in space would keep working

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Did Michigan Meteor Really Cause an Earthquake?

The fireball’s sonic boom sparked a 2.0-magnitude seismic event

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You Can Do More to Combat the Flu than Just Get a Flu Shot

If you feel like this year’s flu season is a rough one, that’s because it is.

CBS News recently reported that this year’s flu virus is dominated by a particularly nasty strain, H3N2, which has reached almost every corner of the country, causing … Continue reading

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The Trump Administration Abandons Science Advice–but at What Cost?

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists suggests the problem is even worse than previously recognized

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The 16 "Billion-Dollar Disasters" That Happened in 2017

2017 was the U.S.’s most expensive year for climate disasters on record

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Crawling Robot Baby Bravely Explores Carpet Gunk

To find out just how your relaxed vacuuming schedule is affecting your baby’s airway, researchers built a slightly frightening robotic infant.

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Crawling Robot Baby Bravely Explores Carpet Gunk

To find out just how your relaxed vacuuming schedule is affecting your baby’s airway, researchers built a slightly frightening robotic infant.

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Trump’s "Fake News Awards" Are Both Absurd and Dangerous

Behavioral science research suggests they could actually give weight to his media-bashing agenda

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Can Robots Tighten the Bolts on a Rickety Caregiver Sector?

Robotic aides could relieve the burden of caring for a growing elderly and disabled population—if we can take advantage of technological advances without ignoring human needs

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Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders

Those with an IQ above 120 are perceived as less effective, regardless of actual performance

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Salmonella Could Have Caused 16th-Century Epidemic

Using a new algorithm, geneticists uncovered the pathogen that could have caused a massive epidemic in the Aztec empire: Salmonella bacteria. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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How to Stop Sex Changes in Turtles on the Great Barrier Reef

Climate change led to more female eggs, so scientists are trying to ensure males are made in the shade

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We Asked, They’re Answering: the 2018 Candidates Are Talking about Science Policy

The organization Science Debate is gearing up for the November midterms by pushing those seeking office to tell the public about their views on STEM issues

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New Satellite Mission Would Benefit Climate Science and the Energy Industry

The GeoCARB satellite will map the concentrations of key greenhouse gases over the Americas

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The Hidden Depth in Math’s Simple Puzzles

Mathematician Richard Schwartz explains why he loves problems he can start solving right away, and how computers can help

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How Good Is Star Trek‘s Record at Predicting the Future of Tech?

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How Robot Math and Smartphones Led Researchers to a Drug Discovery Breakthrough

An algorithm originally designed to help robots move was useful in tackling an entirely different problem

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Are Nonstick Pans Safe?

Nonstick pans allow you to cook with less oil and clean-up is a breeze. But are they safe?

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NASA Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial GPS

Experiment shows how spacecraft could use stellar signals to navigate in deep space without human instruction

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How Big Data Can Help Rebuild America’s Aging Infrastructure

Wireless sensor networks could tell engineers when key structural elements of bridges, highways and buildings are dangerously weak

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The Brain’s Marauder’s Map

Neurons in the hippocampi of rats and bats fire in response to their fellow animals’ movements

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Cringeworthy Dental Procedures of Ancient Times

Most people don’t enjoy going to the dentist. There’s just something off-putting about having your mouth wide open while someone’s scratching and scraping your precious chompers. But at least dentists can give you Novocain to make your mouth go n… Continue reading

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Fart-Sniffing Pill Reveals Secrets of the Gut

Your nose, mouth, skin pores and…other…body holes each serve their unique functions. But most of them also double as biological exhaust pipes, spewing gaseous byproducts of the myriad internal chemical reactions keeping you alive.

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Cells Hack Viruslike Protein to Communicate

Proteins that researchers think are key to long-term memory formation also move genetic material between cells in both mice and flies

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Hawaii’s Missile Alert Gaffe: Why Good Human–Machine Design Is Critical

Poor interface design clearly fails to address human errors

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Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?

Neuroscientists have started to identify thinking processes and brain regions involved with creativity

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Christianity Is Not Getting Greener

U.S. Christians’ concerns about the environment have not shifted much in the past two decades

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Young "Dreamer" Scientists in Legal Limbo

Court temporarily revives protections for some as Trump and Congress clash over policy reform

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Darker Skies, Darker Behaviors

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The Puzzle of the First Black Holes

How could the oldest black holes have grown so big so early in the universe?

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