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Going back to your office for work may increase your productivity — and your weight. Here’s why

Going back to your office for work may increase your productivity — and your weight. Here’s why

Kenneth McLeod | 
With millions of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, many who have worked from home over the past year will be heading ...
Who bungled their nation’s COVID response the most? 5 world leaders in the running, and why

Who bungled their nation’s COVID response the most? 5 world leaders in the running, and why

COVID-19 is notoriously hard to control, and political leaders are only part of the calculus when it comes to pandemic ...
Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all new medicines to be tested in animals before use in people. Pigs make ...
Fact checking ancient Greek history: Teeth recovered from military gravesites contradict historical beliefs that no mercenaries were deployed in battles

Fact checking ancient Greek history: Teeth recovered from military gravesites contradict historical beliefs that no mercenaries were deployed in battles

Katherine Reinberger | 
Ancient historians loved to write about warfare and famous battles. While these millennia-old stories still feed modern imaginations – Homer’s ...
If you get a vaccine and you experience side effects, is that a sign it’s working?

If you get a vaccine and you experience side effects, is that a sign it’s working?

Robert Finberg | 
If someone gets a headache or feels a bit under the weather after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s become common ...
COVID-19 variants pose new threats but our antibodies are evolving to fight them

COVID-19 variants pose new threats but our antibodies are evolving to fight them

Meng Wang, Sarah Caddy | 
The emergence of “variants of concern” has raised questions about our long-term immunity to the coronavirus. Will the antibodies we make ...
Viewpoint: ‘Deep structural flaws’ plague Nigeria’s food system: ‘Gene-editing and the use of genetically modified organisms need to be mobilized’

Viewpoint: ‘Deep structural flaws’ plague Nigeria’s food system: ‘Gene-editing and the use of genetically modified organisms need to be mobilized’

Ademola Adenle | 
During the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, I joined a humanitarian team to distribute food to poor people in the urban ...
Genetics and a second Green Revolution: Gene editing essential to address increasing crop losses as warming temperatures cause a surge in insect populations

Genetics and a second Green Revolution: Gene editing essential to address increasing crop losses as warming temperatures cause a surge in insect populations

Gregg Howe, Nathan Havko | 
For millennia, insects and the plants they feed on have been engaged in a co-evolutionary battle: to eat or not ...
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Epidemics helped shape the Americas. Blame Columbus and Europeans

Matthew Ward | 
The coronavirus pandemic has been compared with many previous contagions, including the great plague and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. However, there ...
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5 ways the CDC is wrong in equivocating on airborne spread of COVID particles

Stacy Morford | 
Scientists have been warning for months that the coronavirus could be spread by aerosols – tiny respiratory droplets that people emit ...
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Here’s how dogs really see the world

Nancy Dreschel | 
Dogs definitely see the world differently than people do, but it’s a myth that their view is just black, white ...
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Why facts don’t work against vaccine deniers and other science skeptics

Adrian Bardon | 
Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ...
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How to keep virtual reality from taking over real life

Alexandros Skandalis | 
American R&B star John Legend is doing a major live show on Thursday June 25 to promote his new album, ...
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Asymptomatic COVID-19 infections can still cause lung damage

John Kinnear | 
Modern medicine rightly emphasises the importance of science. The focus, however, too often displaces our attention from the real point ...
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How supercomputing is taking on the COVID-19 pandemic

Jeremy Smith | 
In “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, the haughty supercomputer Deep Thought is asked whether he can ...
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Dead or alive? The cosmology of viruses

Hugh Harris | 
Viruses are an inescapable part of life, especially in a global viral pandemic. Yet ask a roomful of scientists if ...
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Feeling a bit stir crazy during the pandemic lockdown? Blame it on human evolution

Isabelle Winder, Vivien Shaw | 
Humans are intensely social creatures. We all need company and social contact. But for many of us, being at home ...
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From bioterror to bioerror: Who’s afraid of biohacking?

Andrew Lapworth | 
In March, amateur scientists in Sydney announced they had created a COVID-19 test kit that is simpler, faster, and cheaper ...
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Coronavirus romance: Is it healthy for isolating couples to have so much together time?

Hannah Schacter | 
In the wake of COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders, young couples may find themselves spending more time with each ...
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How old is that child? ‘Epigenetic clocks’ could help fight child labor, trafficking and improve age records on immigrant children

Epigenetic clocks are a new type of biological test currently capturing the attention of the scientific community, private companies and ...
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‘Bee-washing’ by advocacy groups and product pushers: We should shift the focus to native bees not honeybees

Lila Westreich | 
Amid the worry over the loss of honey bees, a far quieter but just as devastating loss is occurring among ...
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Plants engineered to ‘recycle’ toxins could boost crop yields nearly 50 percent

Paul South | 
Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? ...
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‘Precision farming’ could slow climate change and unlock $250 billion in profits for farmers

Bhaskar Chakravorti | 
There is a long list of global problems to combat, including hunger, drought, poverty, bad health, polluted water and poor ...
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Viewpoint: If organic farmers want to promote sustainable farming they should reconsider hostility toward CRISPR-gene editing

Rebecca Mackelprang | 
A University of California, Berkeley professor stands at the front of the room, delivering her invited talk about the potential ...
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Indoor farms could boost food production, but energy-friendly alternatives exist

Andrew Jenkins | 
By 2050, global food production will need to increase by an estimated 70% in developed countries and 100% in developing countries ...
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Resignation of French environmental minister could be a win for glyphosate supporters

François Allard-Huver | 
The surprise announcement of the resignation of Nicolas Hulot .... is part of .... a series of .... big differences ...
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Organic, grass-fed beef: Nutritious food choice or marketing hype?

Leah Dowling, Louise Dunn | 
.... Organic farming and grass feeding are promoted as having some social and environmental benefits compared with conventionally produced red ...
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Fighting nature’s ‘computer hackers’ through genetic engineering

John Herlihy | 
[T]hrough thousands of years of genetic modification by selective breeding, humans have developed the crops that keep us alive. We ...
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