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Infographics: Key charts illustrate split between vaccinated and unvaccinated America

Infographics: Key charts illustrate split between vaccinated and unvaccinated America

Elena Mejía | FiveThirtyEight | 
Three in 10 American adults remain unvaccinated, according to the latest survey from the KFF. But they’re not a monolith ...
‘Vaccine refusal has always been a place where left meets right’: Deconstructing the politics of the pandemic vaccine response

‘Vaccine refusal has always been a place where left meets right’: Deconstructing the politics of the pandemic vaccine response

Kaleigh Rogers | FiveThirtyEight | 
The modern anti-vaccination movement in America has often been associated with a stereotype of left-wing, coastal, white, wealthy moms — ...
The Serena Williams effect: Why younger siblings are more likely to become elite athletes

The Serena Williams effect: Why younger siblings are more likely to become elite athletes

Tim Wigmore | FiveThirtyEight | 
While Venus has enjoyed a magnificent career, winning seven Grand Slam singles titles, Serena has won 23 Grand Slams and is widely acclaimed ...
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Colder weather is arriving. What do we know about indoor vs outdoor transmission of COVID?

Maggie Koerth | FiveThirtyEight | 
As autumn settles in and the holidays loom, it’s worth pausing to ponder what we’ve learned about COVID-19 transmission over ...
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Here’s a checklist for knowing when you are safe to get a COVID vaccine

Maggie Koerth | FiveThirtyEight | 
Scientists around the world are currently undertaking one of the fastest vaccine-development programs in history, trying to get the novel ...
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Herd immunity alone isn’t enough to save us. Why a vaccine is critical

[G]etting to herd immunity without a vaccine isn’t as simple as the idea itself. A number of variables can affect ...
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Infographic: Most Americans still trust scientists

Maggie Koerth | FiveThirtyEight | 
It’s easy to look around right now and conclude that popular public opinion has turned against scientists. Twitter hashtags have ...
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No, the coronavirus was not genetically engineered in a Wuhan lab, scientists believe

Philip Kiefer | FiveThirtyEight | 
You could be forgiven for wondering how a disease as fast-moving and deadly as COVID-19 could just appear naturally, out ...
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Genetic tracking helps contain Ebola outbreaks. Why hasn’t it worked with the coronavirus?

Philip Kiefer | FiveThirtyEight | 
The first sign that viral genomics might transform epidemiology came in the wake of the 2013-16 Ebola epidemic in West ...
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‘Perfect storm’: Why the coronavirus shut the world down, when SARS, Ebola and swine flu didn’t

Kaleigh Rogers | FiveThirtyEight | 
In the past two decades, the world battled Ebola, SARS and more than one major flu outbreak. Those left tragedies ...
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Video: What are the chances that Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine will work?

Anna Rothschild | FiveThirtyEight | 
A vaccine for COVID-19 has entered Phase 1 of clinical trials in Seattle. How was it made? And how likely ...
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Why can’t we stop rogue scientists from engaging in dubious research?

Maggie Koerth-Baker | FiveThirtyEight | 
[C]an the public control science that leaves us with permanent and unenviable consequences? Recent news suggests that the answer is ...
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Why almost all psychologists are ideologically liberal, and why it matters

Christie Aschwanden | FiveThirtyEight | 
When New York University psychologist Jonathan Haidt asked about a thousand attendees at the annual meeting of the Society for ...
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Why do humans find classifying animal intelligence so difficult?

[D]oes a chimpanzee deserve more rights than, say, a pigeon? The logic that leads to “yes” is clear enough, but ...
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Viewpoint: Consumers gain little from 23andMe’s screening for BRCA cancer genes

Christie Aschwanden | FiveThirtyEight | 
This month [March], the FDA granted the genetics company 23andMe permission to offer direct-to-consumer testing for three of the more than 1,000 ...
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Viewpoint: Most online personality tests are scientific quackery––except maybe this one

Maggie Koerth-Baker | FiveThirtyEight | 
While most of the personality tests shared around the internet are, indeed, bogus procrastination devices, there is a science to ...
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‘Sham surgeries’: Placebo effect could be harnessed for good

Christie Aschwanden | FiveThirtyEight | 
Seen through different eyes, the process of modern surgery may look more more spiritual than scientific, said orthopedic surgeon Stuart Green, ...
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US life expectancy rose 5 years since 1980, but many poorer Americans dying younger

Anna Barry-Jester | FiveThirtyEight | 
Your life expectancy can vary by as much as 20 years depending on which county in the U.S. you live ...
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97% of US farms are family operations, not owned by agri-businesses

Maggie Koerth-Baker | FiveThirtyEight | 
Farms are getting bigger and the smallest farms aren’t real farms. ... But there’s another important part to this story: Consolidation ...
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Florida Keys may determine whether GMO mosquitoes will be employed globally to fight Zika

Anna Barry-Jester | FiveThirtyEight | 
[The mosquito species] Aedes aegypti ... lives in residential areas (they love closets, for example) and can lay eggs in ...
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New England Journal of Medicine: Mammogram screenings has led to surge in unnecessary surgeries

Christie Aschwanden | FiveThirtyEight | 
A study published ... by the The New England Journal of Medicine added to a growing body of evidence that ...
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Sex testing should not be designed to suppress Caster Semenya’s born talent

Christie Aschwanden | FiveThirtyEight | 
[Caster] Semenya’s case is the latest saga in sport’s checkered history of sex testing, a task that is purportedly aimed ...
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We still don’t really know what probiotics do

Katherine Hobson | FiveThirtyEight | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Probiotics are having a ...

What’s going on in your gut when you poop?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Shit happens, except when ...
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Controversial Theranos blood test ineffective, and likely unncecessary

Katherine Hobson | FiveThirtyEight | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Over the last few ...

Is psychology’s reproducibility problem a setback, or part of scientific process?

Christie Aschwanden | FiveThirtyEight | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. As science grapples with ...

What makes you a righty or a lefty?

Maggie Koerth-Baker | FiveThirtyEight | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. About 90 percent of ...

Proving Zika link to microcephaly will take a lot more research

Christie Aschwanden | FiveThirtyEight | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. For weeks, Zika virus ...
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