No, President Biden is not gunning to ruin your Memorial Day Weekend and ban hamburgers (as rightwing politicians and media allege)

No, President Biden is not gunning to ruin your Memorial Day Weekend and ban hamburgers (as rightwing politicians and media allege)

[A]ll Republicans want to talk about right now is meat, and how Joe Biden is planning to limit you to ...
‘Brain glue’: A new way to help people with traumatic brain injuries

‘Brain glue’: A new way to help people with traumatic brain injuries

Severe traumatic brain injuries, the sort caused by life-threatening accidents or assault that can send people into comas, are very ...
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Hobbit-sized humans appear to have lived as recently as 50,000 years ago

Hobbit-sized humans appear to have lived as recently as 50,000 years ago

Fossil evidence of [Homo floresiensis and Homo luzonensis found in Southeast Asia], described in 2004 and 2019 respectively, suggests these ...
How animals perceive time

How animals perceive time

[Are animals] entirely free from the temporal plane? Do they perceive it in any way? Do some species perceive it ...
Viewpoint: It’s time to extend the limit on human embryo research from 14 to 28 days

Viewpoint: It’s time to extend the limit on human embryo research from 14 to 28 days

[The 14-day limit for human embryo research was originally] chosen because it’s only after this stage that the central nervous ...
A nasal spray to fend off the common cold?

A nasal spray to fend off the common cold?

[An] experimental drug—delivered via nasal spray—could help the immune system fend off all sorts of respiratory infections. The treatment is ...
Morbid curiosity? This study records what some people’s last moments alive were like

Morbid curiosity? This study records what some people’s last moments alive were like

There’s no shortage of morbid curiosity surrounding death. But according to the researchers behind this project, known as the Death ...
We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

First: Could we populate another planet with genetically modified organisms? Second: Should we? … Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Professor of Planetary Habitability and Astrobiology ...
Ebola-like virus, Chapare, emerges in Bolivia

Ebola-like virus, Chapare, emerges in Bolivia

[A new] disease, caused by the Chapare virus, killed three people and is thought to have sickened at least five during [an] ...
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Black biologist Charles Henry Turner’s groundbreaking research on animal cognition remains largely unacknowledged

A new Perspectives essay published in Science describes the contributions of biologist Charles H. Turner (1867-1923), an American zoologist whose “early discoveries ...
AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

The difference between a healthy person’s cough and the cough of someone infected with [SARS-CoV-2] is so slight that it’s ...
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Slideshow: Canine COVID detectors soon may be coming to an airport or business near you

There are various ongoing efforts to train sniffer dogs to detect covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. If dogs prove to be reliable in detecting ...
‘We have absolutely no idea what the adverse effects of that could be’: What’s the science skinny on ‘brain boosting’ supplements

‘We have absolutely no idea what the adverse effects of that could be’: What’s the science skinny on ‘brain boosting’ supplements

Nootropics, also called smart drugs, have become one of the fastest-growing segments of the supplement industry. They’re marketed as products that can ...
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Now mostly desert, what was Arabia like when humans migrated out of Africa?

Prior to the last ice age, somewhere between 112,000 and 122,000 years ago, two humans, possibly three, walked south along the shore ...
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Magic tricks can help us better understand animal intelligence

[A]s a new Science: Perspectives article points out, it’s not just humans who get fooled by magic tricks. Many species of animals ...
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Why it will be so difficult to develop a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction

[P]atients taking opioids for chronic pain can produce antibodies to the drugs, which could help explain some of the side-effects ...
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Wooly rhinos driven to extinction by climate change not human hunters

The reign of woolly rhinos, which lasted for millions of years, came to an abrupt end some 14,000 years ago, ...
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Medieval medicine resurrected: Could a 1,000 year old potion help fight bacterial infections?

Garlic, onion, wine, and a dash of bovine bile. It’s a veritable witch’s brew, but as a new Scientific Reports paper shows, this ...
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Space Station science: Fungus found at Chernobyl could protect astronauts from galactic cosmic radiation

Galactic cosmic radiation remains a troubling impediment to a sustained human presence in space. This unresolved problem is starting to ...
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Science around coronavirus reinfection remains unsettled

[A] Vox article written by a primary care doctor in Washington D.C. laid out an imminent and frightening pandemic scenario, based on ...
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Mystery inflammation syndrome connected to COVID-19 in children results in brain damage

[Children with COVID-19] can suffer everything from headaches to muscle weakness, along with visible signs of damage to the brain ...
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Space-thriving bacteria hold key to quickly and cheaply producing innovative polio vaccine

[Molecular biologist Mike] Daly has been investigating ways to apply the lessons learned from this bacteria’s unique radiation resistance to ...
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Extraterrestrial alert: 737 places where aliens might be hiding

The Exotica Catalog was put together by researchers from Breakthrough Listen, a decade-long program seeking to find signs of intelligent ...
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We’ve successfully flattened the curve. Now get ready for an ‘agonizing’ COVID-19 plateau

As the summer gets into full swing and much of the country lifts its restrictions on distancing… it’s important to ...
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‘A misunderstanding’: WHO backtracks on claim that asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus is ‘very rare’

The World Health Organization held a press conference on Tuesday [June 9] to clarify a surprising announcement it made a ...
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DNA from 14,000-year-old tooth offers oldest known link between Native Americans and southern Siberia

A 14,000-year-old genome scraped from a prehistoric tooth found in southern Siberia is now the oldest known connection linking living ...
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