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  1. The Robocalls Problem Is So Bad That the FCC Actually Did Something

    A cybersecurity expert explains how we might learn to trust our phones again


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  2. Extinction Risk May Be Much Worse Than Current Estimates

    A machine-learning algorithm predicts that more than half of the thousands of species whose conservation status has yet to be assessed are probably in danger of disappearing for good


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  3. A Staph Vaccine Trial Failure Shows Challenges of Stopping Common Bugs

    Learning from past failures in the development of staph vaccines may inform how other vaccines for common bugs should be developed


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  4. Planetary Debris Disks Discovered with Citizen Scientists and Virtual Reality

    Members of the public are helping professional astronomers identify nascent planetary systems


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  5. Genetic Counselors Scramble Post-Roe to Provide Routine Pregnancy Services without Be

    The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade means that prenatal advice to patients can suffer and that counselors can face lawsuits and criminal charges


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  6. With New Study, NASA Seeks the Science behind UFOs

    Although modest in scope, a NASA research project reflects shifting attitudes toward the formerly taboo subject of UFOs


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  7. Salty Sea Spray Keeps Lightning Strikes Away

    Particles of sea salt in the air could stop clouds from charging up for a lightning strike


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  8. Forensic Experts Are Surprisingly Good at Telling Whether Two Writing Samples Match

    A study to counter the lack of evidence for handwriting analysis shows it is effective if an examiner has the right training


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  9. Algorithm That Detects Sepsis Cut Deaths by Nearly 20 Percent

    Over two years, a machine-learning program warned thousands of health care providers about patients at high risk of sepsis, allowing them to begin treatments nearly two hours sooner


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    This Sticker Looks Inside the Body

    A new stick-on ultrasound patch can record the activity of hearts, lungs and other organs for 48 hours at a time


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  11. Scientists Invent a Paper Battery--Just Add Water

    A new disposable battery is made of paper and other sustainable materials and is activated with a few drops of water


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    Are Skittles Toxic from Titanium Dioxide?

    A recent lawsuit claims a chemical called titanium dioxide, used in Skittles candies, harms people. It’s hard to find strong evidence for that, however


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  13. There Is an Effective Treatment for Monkeypox, but It's Hard to Get

    A smallpox antiviral that’s effective against monkeypox is tied up in red tape, and gay-health advocates are pushing to make it easier to access


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  14. Don't Fear China's Falling Rocket--Fear the Future It Foretells

    Long considered trivial, the effects of rocket launches and reentering space debris on global warming and ozone loss could soon become too large to ignore


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    Physics Particles Fly as Practical Tools

    Protons, muons, neutrinos and other particles are moving beyond the realm of physics to help in a myriad of ways


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  16. In a First, Tiny Crustaceans Are Found to "Pollinate" Seaweed like Bees of the Sea

    Small marine critters ferry around seaweed sex cells, the first recorded example of “pollination” in algae


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  17. Seismic Missions Could Reveal the Solar System's Underworlds

    Seismology has been a long-overlooked tool in planetary exploration, but the success of NASA’s InSight lander has reignited the field


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  18. Eating Too Much Protein Makes Pee a Problem Pollutant in the U.S.

    Protein-packed diets add excess nitrogen to the environment through urine, rivaling pollution from agricultural fertilizers


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  19. New Instrument Could Spy Signs of Alien Life in Glowing Rocks

    Organisms on Earth produce a wide array of durable “biofluorescent” materials. If those on other planets do, too, the Compact Color Biofinder should be able to detect them


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  20. 'Their Lives Are Worth More Than Ours': Experts in Africa Slam Global Response to Mon

    Earlier action by the World Health Organization and Western countries could have helped control monkeypox in Africa


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  21. Graphic: Many States That Restrict or Ban Abortion Don't Teach Kids About Sex and Pre

    States that protect abortion rights tend to have more comprehensive sex ed policies


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  22. New Phase of Matter Opens Portal to Extra Time Dimension

    Physicists have devised a mind-bending error-correction technique that could dramatically boost the performance of quantum computers


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  23. How to Make Sure Wildfire Shelters Save Firefighters' Lives

    Fiery tests can assess new prototypes of portable shelters, the last line of defense for wildland firefighters


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  24. Biden vs. Trump: What a Difference Two Years Make for Treating COVID

    In a tale of two Covids, two presidents’ contrasting COVID experiences illustrate the moonshot-caliber medical achievements that let many patients be treated at home instead of in an ICU

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  25. What Does It Look Like when an Ecosystem Collapses? Kelp Can Show Us

    After a mass algal die-off in the Pacific, researchers used satellites, undergrads, artificial intelligence and people wading in tide pools figure out what was lost—and how it might come back
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