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  1. When Students Acquire Spatial Skills, Their Verbal Abilities Get a Boost

    Learning to visualize objects might improve thinking in words, a finding that could enhance teaching methods


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  2. Cultural Bias Distorts the Search for Alien Life

    “Decolonizing” the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) could boost its chances of success, says science historian Rebecca Charbonneau


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  3. How Scientists Revived Dead Pigs' Organs, and What the Feat Means for Transplants

    A whole-body perfusion system restored cellular activity in pigs an hour postmortem


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  4. What Is Paxlovid Rebound, and How Common Is It?

    President Biden is part of a minority of people who have experienced Paxlovid rebound, but experts say the drug should still be prescribed for those who need it


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  5. Spiders Seem to Have REM-like Sleep and May Even Dream

    Jumping spiders have REM-like twitches when they sleep, suggesting dreams may be much more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously realized


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  6. Nearly $53 Billion in Federal Funding Could Revive the U.S. Computer Chip Industry

    The CHIPS and Science Act aims to support domestic semiconductor production, new high-tech jobs and scientific research—even NASA


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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  17. 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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    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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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