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Bird Flu’s Missed Clues on Dairy Farms in Texas

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 3:00pm

Detecting bird flu signs in dairy cows sooner could have helped staunch the virus's spread

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Crows Rival Human Toddlers in Counting Skills

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 2:00pm

Counting crows proclaim “caw, caw, caw, caw” when staring at the number four

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Cities Are Switching to Electric Vehicles Faster Than Individuals

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 12:30pm

Electric trucks and sedans have proven popular with municipal fleets, but cities have also bought niche vehicles such as an electric Zamboni

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Europe's Mars Rover Will Use New Nuclear Power Source

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 11:00am

The radioactive unit will help to deliver Europe’s first Mars rover to the planet’s surface

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Black Hole’s Mysterious ‘Plunging Region’ Matches Einstein’s Predictions

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 10:00am

For the first time, scientists observed matter’s freefall into a black hole’s “plunging region”

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What Is Wind Shear, and How Does It Shape Hurricanes?

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 9:00am

An atmospheric scientist explains what wind shear is and how it influences hurricanes

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The Artificial Intelligence Era Faces a Threat from Directed Energy Weapons

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 7:30am

Autonomous and AI-enabled systems increasingly rely on optical and radio frequency sensors and significant computer power. They face growing vulnerabilities from directed-energy laser and microwave weapons

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Bilingual Brain-Reading Implant Decodes Spanish and English

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 7:00am

A first-of-a-kind AI system enables a person with paralysis to communicate in two languages

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Are the Microplastics Found in Testicles a Health Danger?

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 2:00pm

Evidence shows microplastics can end up in many different organs and may harm reproductive health

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Innovative Thinking Could Make New Sickle Cell Treatments More Accessible

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 2:00pm

The cost of new gene-based sickle cell treatments isn’t the only barrier to access. Coming up with new ways to treat the whole disease—and person—could make treatment more equitable

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The Great Solar Storm of 2024 May Have Made the Strongest Auroras in Centuries

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 12:30pm

Northern and southern lights produced by a recent bout of severe space weather may rival the most intense auroras of the past 500 years

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Countries Must Cut Climate Pollution, Ocean Court Rules

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 12:00pm

In its first climate change case, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea determined that a global ocean convention extends to greenhouse gases, meaning countries have an obligation to reduce them

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A “Zombie Expert” Shares Advice on How to Survive the Apocalypse

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 9:30am

Cooperation theorist Athena Aktipis talks about zombies, game theory, go bags and more in her new book, A Field Guide to the Apocalypse.

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This Start-Up Wants You to Put Custom Bacteria on Your Teeth

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 9:00am

Lumina Probiotic has said a genetically modified microbe could prevent cavities. Experts, though, have safety concerns

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Havana Syndrome: We Don’t Need to Choose between Brain Injury and ‘Mass Hysteria’

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 7:00am

Puzzling Havana Syndrome injuries that have afflicted U.S. diplomats may have a more complicated explanation than solely pulsed microwaves or mass psychology

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Could Putting Neosporin in Your Nose Fend Off COVID?

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 7:00am

People may someday have a surprisingly familiar tool to prevent viral infections: one of the antibiotics found in a common ointment

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Phoenix, America’s Hottest City, Is Having a Surge of Deaths

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 4:30pm

Skyrocketing temperatures are colliding with a lack of planning in Phoenix that is contributing to a rise in heat-related deaths

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Ed Dwight, America’s First Black Astronaut Candidate, Flies to Space on Blue Origin Rocket

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 1:25pm

The 90-year-old finally realized his dreams of spaceflight aboard Blue Origins New Shepard vehicle, which also carried five other crew members on a short suborbital voyage

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The Sordid History of U.S. Food Safety Highlights the Importance of Regulation

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 9:00am

Author and science journalist Deborah Blum describes how an Indiana chemist kicked off the first major food regulation in the U.S.

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The Cockroach’s Surprisingly Recent Path to Global Domination

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 8:00am

A common species of cockroach hails from Asia, according to new research that tracks its spread around the globe

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