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Vaccinated people with no COVID symptoms may be key spreaders of the Delta variant

Vaccinated people with no COVID symptoms may be key spreaders of the Delta variant

Hilary Brueck | 
Strangers are standing shoulder to shoulder in bars, fans are singing at packed indoor concerts, and travelers are flying in ...
After the failed Capitol riot, far right militias regroup around anti-vaccine conspiracy theories

After the failed Capitol riot, far right militias regroup around anti-vaccine conspiracy theories

Tom Porter | 
In the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot, so-called militia groups such as the Three Percenters and Oath Keepers ...
'It does not violate the Nuremberg Code': Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

‘It does not violate the Nuremberg Code’: Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

Michelle Mark | 
A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit from more than 100 hospital employees who sued Houston Methodist over its policy ...
1/3 of American adults can now legally smoke marijuana. Here is how weed affects your brain and body, for good and bad

1/3 of American adults can now legally smoke marijuana. Here is how weed affects your brain and body, for good and bad

Erin Brodwin, Julia Naftulin | 
Marijuana can make you feel good.  One of weed's active ingredients, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) interacts with the brain's reward system, the ...
Earth-friendly shoes: Adidas developing sustainable leather alternative made from fungus

Earth-friendly shoes: Adidas developing sustainable leather alternative made from fungus

Avery Hartmans | 
The athletic-wear company [Adidas] announced on [December 28] that it's working on a new material, a plant-based leather that will ...
13 discoveries in 2020 that have transformed what we know about human evolution

13 discoveries in 2020 that have transformed what we know about human evolution

Aylin Woodward | 
Here are some of the most eye-raising anthropological findings of 2020. … 2) Certain Neanderthal genes, researchers found, code for proteins ...
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Like humans, chimpanzees focus on fewer, more meaningful friendships as they age

Aylin Woodward | 
Young adults maintain many friendships, but as people grow older, they tend to winnow that group down to a select ...
McPlant: McDonalds poised to launch proprietary menu of plant-based meats in 2021

McPlant: McDonalds poised to launch proprietary menu of plant-based meats in 2021

Kate Taylor | 
On [November 9], the fast-food giant [McDonald’s] announced it is developing a new line of menu items called the "McPlant." ...
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These kinds of personality types are most likely to embrace conspiracy theories

Julia Naftulin | 
[P]eople who are self-important, narcissistic, anxious, depressed, or impulsive are slightly more likely to cling to a conspiracy theory than ...
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It might soon be possible to shape your own dreams

Susie Neilson | 
The technology engineer — and self-proclaimed wannabe cyborg — [Tomás Vega] has been developing a device with other researchers at the MIT Media ...
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Fox News fetes Chinese scientists claiming China made and intentionally released COVID virus. Turns out they are on former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s payroll

Aylin Woodward | 
A strange new paper claiming the coronavirus was a "laboratory product" quietly made its way into a repository of preliminary research ...
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Podcast: Bill Nye The Science Guy explains his transition from GMO skeptic to advocate

Amy Pedulla, Bill Nye | 
Back in 2014, Bill Nye The Science Guy was skeptical of genetically modified foods, or GMOs. It raised some eyebrows ...
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Coronavirus ‘relapses’ in South Korea blamed on faulty tests detecting ‘dead virus fragments’

Sinéad Baker | 
Scientists said the wave of South Koreans who tested positive for COVID-19 even after they recovered did not have the ...
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Coronavirus may force massive changes to restaurant industry, including customer temperature checks

Kate Taylor | 
Many are dreaming about what they'll do when the coronavirus pandemic is behind us. People are already imagining their first ...
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Past decade taught us how wrong we were about human evolution, including when our ancestors left Africa

Aylin Woodward | 
In recent years, anthropologists around the world have discovered new human ancestors, figured out what happened to the Neanderthals, and pushed ...
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McDonald’s teams up with Beyond Meat to test plant-based burger in Canada

Kate Taylor | 
McDonald's is teaming up with Beyond Meat. On [September 26], the fast-food giant announced that it will partner with Beyond ...
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CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna: Gene-edited foods could hit stores by 2024

Erin Brodwin | 
While ethicists debate the applications of blockbuster gene-editing tool Crispr in human healthcare, an inventor of the tool believes it has ...
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Why you shouldn’t expect the DNA you send to companies like 23andMe to remain private forever

Erin Brodwin | 
The data you shared with a genetic testing startup like 23andMe is private — for now. But maintaining that privacy, which rests ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer tests are ‘neither safe nor private’

Eric Brodwin | 
As millions of Americans sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, the biomedical researcher James Hazel sent out a stark warning about the genetic-testing kits that ...
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Can this DNA test find the right depression medication for you?

Erin Brodwin | 
Using DNA testing to determine how well a given depression medication will work with a patient's genetic makeup is becoming ...
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New Age Meats lab-grown sausage passes first taste test

Erin Brodwin | 
On [September 17th], the startup, called New Age Meats, let a handful of journalists and prospective investors taste its prototype product ...
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Video: Why having a dog can put you in a ‘state of calm’

Emma Fierberg | 
Your pets have a larger effect on your body and brain than you might think. They have the ability to ...
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10 common misconceptions about the human brain

Lindsay Dodgeson | 
[C]hances are you’ve heard a completely incorrect “fact” about the brain. … [Here are] the biggest and most widely believed ...
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Will public embrace CRISPR crops if they can help feed our growing population and protect the environment?

Erin Brodwin | 
Experts estimate we’ll be eating the first CRISPR produce — likely strawberries or another type of fruit — within five ...
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Monsanto may leave India after court rules GMO Bt cotton patent unenforceable

Dilsher Dhillon | 
The Delhi High Court, on March 11th, ruled that Monsanto’s patents on two genetically modified (GM) seed varieties of cotton ...
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CRISPR strawberries? Monsanto-backed gene-editing venture developing sweeter fruit

Erin Brodwin | 
In a move aimed at securing a place in the rapidly-evolving food technology scene, agricultural giant Monsanto has invested $125 ...
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Bill Gates: GMO foods ‘perfectly healthy’, could reduce starvation and malnutrition

Erin Brodwin | 
Bill Gates has a message for anti-GMO advocates: I'm disappointed. In a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" on Tuesday, Gates said that ...
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Can CRISPR gene editing save chocolate from extinction?

Erin Brodwin | 
Beyond the glittery glass-and-sandstone walls of the University of California’s new biosciences building, rows of tiny green cacao seedlings in ...
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