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    Health & Medicine

    A year ago, we asked 6 questions about COVID-19. Here’s how the answers evolved

    A year after launching our Coronavirus Update newsletter, we revisit the first topics we wrote about.

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  2. Genetic medicine is fraught with ethical challenges

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses coverage of the ethical questions around genetics and precision medicine.

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  3. When a naked mole-rat meets a sneaky sea worm

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses how stories make it into the news section of Science News magazine.

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  4. Should corporations get access to our brains?

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute reflects on how reader feedback shaped the cover story about privacy and neurotechnology. She also highlights the next theme in our Century of Science project.

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  5. Dolly the Sheep surrounded by photographers
    Science & Society

    Top 10 science anniversaries to celebrate in 2021

    DNA, Maxwell’s demon and Dolly the Sheep all make the list. But the one we’re most excited about at Science News is our centennial.

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  6. When data shed light on societal challenges

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute reflects on how data can shed light on societal challenges. She also discusses how pandemic conditions can lead to vulnerability to conspiracy theories and misinformation.

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  7. For 100 years, bringing you the latest in science

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute reflects on a century of science news as the 100th anniversary of Science News arrives.

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  8. After a year like no other, new challenges and hope

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute reflects on covering COVID-19, the things we've learned along the way, and some of the stories that sparked joy this year.

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  9. illustration of telescope with alien spaceships
    Space

    Top 10 questions I’d ask an alien from the Galactic Federation

    An interview with E.T. would be a journalist’s dream, but it’s not very likely.

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  10. Amid winter’s darkness, flashes of brilliance

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute writes about the celestial conundrums of the Geminids meteor shower, the dimming of Betelgeuse and STEVE (the sky glow that is not an aurora).

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  11. With a pandemic, impatience can be deadly

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute writes about pandemic fatigue and the importance of patience in the face of uncertainty.

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  12. supernova 1987A
    Science & Society

    These are science’s Top 10 erroneous results

    A weird form of life, a weird form of water and faster-than-light neutrinos are among the science findings that have not survived closer scrutiny.

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