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Including Indigenous Voices in Genomics

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 01:45:00 GMT

A program at the University of Illinois trains indigenous scientists in genomics—in hopes that future work will be aimed at benefiting those communities. Christine Herman reports. 

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West Point Uniforms Signify Explosive Chemistry

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 23:40:00 GMT

U.S. Military Academy cadets wear the colors black, gray and gold for reasons found in gunpowder’s chemistry.

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Everyone Is an Agent in the New Information Warfare

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:15:00 GMT

Before you click “like,” hit “pause”

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In Support of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT

The House of Representatives has taken the first step toward honoring a pioneering woman in astronomy

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Flashing Neurons, Invisible Moonlight and Adorable Squid Babies: The Week's Best Science GIFs

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Enjoy and loop on

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Alarm as Devastating Banana Fungus Reaches the Americas

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:45:00 GMT

The region produces most of the world’s banana exports—and the fungus affects the most popular commercial variety

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Protocells, Bombardment, Martian Erosion and Biofluorescence

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 19:00:00 GMT

What do these things have in common? They’re all important for astrobiology

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Trials Test if C-section Babies Benefit from Mom's Microbes

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Swabbing infants with mothers’ vaginal bacteria could affect the children’s health, but critics warn of sparse data and high risk

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Gene Editing Humans: It's Not Just about Safety

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:30:00 GMT

The temptation to use these technologies to “enhance” ourselves or our children, or to edit out undesirable traits, will be enormous

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Scientists Mull the Astrobiological Implications of an Airless Alien Planet

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:00:00 GMT

A rocky world devoid of atmosphere arouses debate over the habitability of the Milky Way’s most common star systems

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Faced with a Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:30:00 GMT

For better or worse, machine learning and big data are poised to transform the study of the heavens

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Top U.S. Medical Centers Roll Out DNA Sequencing Clinics for Healthy Clients

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Patients can pay hundreds to thousands of dollars to screen for genetic health risks

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Graphics That Seem Clear Can Easily Be Misread  

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:30:00 GMT

Misreading data visualizations can reinforce biased perceptions

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California's Mount Shasta Loses a Historical Eruption

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Clues from an old map erase a false 1786 event and are part of a global volcanic-record cleanup

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NASA Has Committed to a Rocket for the Europa Mission--and It Won't Be Ready on Time

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Although alternatives such as SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy exist, the space agency is legally required to launch its Europa Clipper spacecraft on the behind-schedule Space Launch System

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How to Defraud Democracy

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:00:00 GMT

A worst-case cyberwarfare scenario for the 2020 American presidential election

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Can Mars Be Made Habitable in Our Lifetime?

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT

It could be possible, at least to some degree, with a novel system involving aerogel

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Old Dinosaur Turns into Something New

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A fossil uncovered in the 1970s turns out to be a previously unknown species

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Truth, Lies & Uncertainty

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Searching for reality in unreal times

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Astronomers Spy a Black Hole Devouring a Neutron Star

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:00:00 GMT

If confirmed, the detection could be the first of its kind and would open new vistas on Einstein’s general theory of relativity and the physics of extreme matter

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Truth, Lies & Uncertainty

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:30:00 GMT

Searching for reality in unreal times

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Science Communication: Truth, Lies and Uncertainty

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:30:00 GMT



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The Solar System's Loneliest Planets, Revisited

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Thirty years after a probe visited Neptune, many scientists say now is the time to finally return to that world and Uranus

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3-D Printing and the Race for Space

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT

It lets aerospace engineers develop high-quality parts much faster than they could with traditional fabrication methods

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Genealogical Anxiety

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Pondering the origins of your beliefs and yourself can be the first step toward making a better world

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