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Opinion: Opting out of vaccines should opt you out of American society
Study on weed-killers and monarch butterflies spurs ecological flap (By @jimdaleywrites)
Big religion may have gotten too much credit for the evolution of modern society
RT @sciam: Brain-machine interfaces can send and receive communications to and from neural circuits in the body. Existing interfaces are im…
What can be done to combat widespread loneliness?
Cover art and animation by @markrossstudio
Brain-machine interfaces can send and receive communications to and from neural circuits in the body. Existing interfaces are imprecise or sluggish, but newer versions could deduce a person's intentions to move. Learn more in our April issue:
RT @LeeBillings: If you haven't read my @sciam Q&A with @mgleiser, the recipient of 2019's Templeton Prize, I hope you will. Most folks wil…
Atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method, prize-winning physicist says
Asteroid’s bumpiness threatens U.S. plan to return a sample to Earth
FDA approves first new drug developed for women with postpartum depression
Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win the Abel prize for her fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.
‘Oumuamua, our first interstellar visitor, may have been a comet after all (By @LeeBillings)
2.1 billion-year-old tracks may be giant ancient "slime molds" (By @JenniferFrazer)
How to understand, and help, vaccine doubters: find effective ways to convince them that the true danger is still disease
Studies show links between sleep difficulties with heart disease and psychiatric disorders like depression
A reason to be skeptical of the workplace wellness industry
How can large teams, companies or research groups innovate faster and better? Lessons from the physics of complexity can help organizations achieve breakthroughs. (By @SafiBahcall)
When jets of charged particles from the sun hit our magnetosphere, some of the ensuing ripples travel towards the north and southern poles and get reflected back. The resulting interference allows standing waves to form, like on a drumhead. 🎧
Laugh lots, live longer: Study finds that a sense of humor lowers mortality rates, especially for women #NationalLetsLaughDay
Laugh lots, live longer: a vast new study finds that a sense of humor lowers mortality rates, especially for women #NationalLetsLaughDay
RT @SteveMirsky: By tracking pairs of choir singers, researchers found that when an individual singer's pitch drifts off tune their partner…
In the wake of an intense winter storm, historic floods have broken out across the central United States.
New evidence suggests that corals once sought refuge from warming waters by migrating
Whose job is it to help build public trust in science?
Opinion: YouTube's algorithms will push whatever they deem engaging, and it appears they have figured out that wild claims, as well as hate speech and outrage peddling, can be particularly so. (By @zeynep)
Could Alzheimer's be a reaction to infection? A relatively new and still controversial theory suggests the disease could be triggered by pathogens
The Internet knows you better than your spouse does
New studies take the most comprehensive look yet into immune system activity immediately after birth
Physicians and Social Media: Platforms like Twitter and Instagram can blur the boundaries between doctors and patients
A session at a recent scientific meeting exposed the dangers not of mythical high-tech weapons but of the heedless rush to sensationalize.
Opinion: Here's how to improve scientist-moms’ breastfeeding experience
Is NASA’s golden age of space telescopes ending? For the second year in a row, the White House is seeking to cancel one of the space agency’s top-priority astrophysics projects, the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope
The private sector is returning to the flood insurance game
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said changes to the country's gun laws will be announced in 10 days following the terror attack on two mosques. Pro-gun advocates claim new laws will not prevent mass shootings, but research strongly indicates they do.
AI-based app could diagnose cervical cancer from images
New Zealand Attorney General David Parker confirmed that the country will ban assault weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks. Data confirms semiautomatic rifles are linked to more deaths and injuries
What's holding smart cities back? A tech-empowered urban renaissance is possible—if five challenges can be overcome
ADHD is typically described by the problems it presents, but it may also provide an advantage: the ability to think more creatively.
Opinion: Difficulty in conceiving a baby should not be allowed to wreck a woman’s scientific career.
Some sounds might possess a tiny but measurable amount of negative gravitational mass.
Super-sensitive telescope gets global governing body
RT @MediaJerNYC: If you are heading to World Agri-Tech Summit, or just in San Fran on Tuesday night, do come to this: Simulation: The Next…
Collaborations on a project between followers of opposing ideologies lead to less biased, higher quality outcomes
Watch: It's been eight years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Sustainability editor @AndreaTWeather talked to @cheddar about how researchers are still looking into health and environmental impacts:
The U.S. joined Saudi Arabia to derail a UN resolution that sought to improve the world’s understanding of potential efforts to lace the sky with sunlight-reflecting aerosols or use carbon-catching fans.
Opinion: Why scientists should support the youth climate strike
A new study reveals a previously unknown origin of waterfalls: They can form spontaneously. (By @aisneed)
“Medieval” diseases flare as unsanitary living conditions proliferate
Why are white men stockpiling guns? Research suggests it's largely because they're anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears.
Opinion: Can cannabis solve the opioid crisis? Probably not—but it might be part of the solution
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