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  1. Statistics Are Being Abused, but Mathematicians Are Fighting Back

    An expert explains how numbers can mislead and what she’s doing to help people understand them better


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  2. The Milky Way's Spiral Arms May Have Carved Earth's Continents

    A controversial new theory suggests the Milky Way galaxy’s arms sent comets hurtling toward early Earth, where impacts built new continental crust


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  3. For 'The First Lady of Engineering,' Freedom Meant Facing Down Racism and Sexism ...

    Yvonne Y. Clark, known as Y.Y. throughout her career, had a lifetime of groundbreaking achievements as a Black female mechanical engineer. In the second episode of the newest season of the Lost Women...
  4. How Hurricane Season Went from Quiet to a 'Powder Keg'

    For nearly two months, the Atlantic had no hurricane activity. Then September arrived with a flurry of storms


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  5. Everything You Need to Know about Polio in the U.S.

    People fully vaccinated against polio have little to fear


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  6. Giraffes vs. Blue Whales vs. Dinosaurs: Contest Reveals Which One Builds Its Nervous

    One megafauna extends its nerve fibers at an astonishing rate of five centimeters per day


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  7. The Government is Racing to Put Your Toilet Under Surveillance--For a Good Reason

    A relatively new type of snooping—we will call it poop snooping—could help us all react more quickly to new coronavirus variants or to future pandemics.


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  8. How to Protect Puerto Rico's Power Grid from Hurricanes

    Energy experts say localized solar plants could strengthen Puerto Rico’s dangerously fragile grid


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  9. Extra Hard Space Diamonds May Have Formed in an Ancient Cosmic Collision

    A new formation method for rare “lonsdaleite” diamonds may illuminate a better way to produce them on Earth


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  10. Dementia in Prison Is Turning into an Epidemic: The U.S. Penal System Is Badly Unprep

    Older prisoners will make up a third of the prison population in a decade, and many of them will develop dementia


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  11. NASA's DART Spacecraft Successfully Smacks a Space Rock--Now What?

    The DART spacecraft has purposefully crashed into the asteroid Dimorphos, hopefully changing its orbit by a few minutes, in a milestone test of future planetary defense techniques


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  12. Oceans' Worth of Water Hidden Deep in Earth, Ultra Rare Diamond Suggests

    A diamond contains the only known sample of a mineral from Earth’s mantle—and hints at oceans’ worth of water hidden deep within our planet


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  13. New Execution Method Touted as More 'Humane,' but Evidence Is Lacking

    A legal battle over nitrogen hypoxia, a new potential method of execution, raises ethical questions


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  14. The Purpose of Dolphins' Mysterious Brain Net May Finally Be Understood

    Dolphins and whales experience a lot of pressure while swimming, and a “wonderful net” of blood vessels may protect their brain, new research shows


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  15. Quantum Physics Titans Win Breakthrough Prize

    This year’s Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics honors some of the pioneers of quantum information science


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  16. The First Lady of Engineering: Lost Women of Science Podcast, Season 3, Episode 1

    Yvonne Y. Clark, known as Y.Y. throughout her career, had a lifetime of groundbreaking achievements as a Black female mechanical engineer. The third season of the Lost Women of Science podcast begins...
  17. Sparkly Image of Neptune's Rings Comes into View from JWST

    See a stunning new view of Neptune’s rings and oddball moon Triton from the James Webb Space Telescope


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  18. People of Color with Long COVID Face Uphill Battle to Be Heard

    Medical discrimination and a lack of data make it difficult for people of color to get help for post-COVID problems


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  19. JWST's First Exoplanet Images Forecast a Bright Future

    The James Webb Space Telescope’s snapshots of a giant world orbiting another star show that the observatory is performing even better than expected and that its best exoplanet images are yet to...
  20. NASA's Artemis Delays Fuel Controversy over Rocket Design

    The first test flight of the space agency’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft is plagued by delays decades in the making


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  21. Vultures Prevent Tens of Millions of Metric Tons of Carbon Emissions Each Year

    Vultures get a bad reputation for their carrion-scavenging ways, but their dietary habits prevent the release of greenhouse gases


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  22. The FCC Is Finally Taking Space Junk Seriously

    A new potential rule from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission would set a five-year deadline for defunct satellites to be removed from space


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  23. Moral Injury Is an Invisible Epidemic That Affects Millions

    A specific kind of trauma results when a person’s core principles are violated during wartime or a pandemic


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  24. Your Questions about the New COVID Booster Shots, Answered

    New COVID booster vaccines built for the latest variants are here and should be more effective. But there are still some unknowns


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  25. A Massive LinkedIn Study Reveals Who Actually Helps You Get That Job

    Acquaintances, more than close friends, show the strength of “weak ties” when it comes to employment


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