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    Science & Society

    How to detect, resist and counter the flood of fake news

    Misinformation about health is drowning out the facts and putting us at risk. Researchers are learning why bad information spreads and how to protect yourself.

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    Science & Society

    A few simple tricks make fake news stories stick in the brain

    Human brains rely on shortcuts to be efficient. But these shortcuts leave us vulnerable to false information.

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  3. stock art collage of a hand reaching through a phone
    Health & Medicine

    Capturing the sense of touch could upgrade prosthetics and our digital lives

    Haptics researchers are working on ways to add touch to virtual reality, online shopping, telemedicine and advanced artificial limbs.

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  4. collage of people on a videocall waving
    Science & Society

    Videocalling needed more than a pandemic to finally take off. Will it last?

    Zoom and social distancing ushered in the futuristic videophone fantasy AT&T wanted and consumers rejected for decades.

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  5. aspen trees burning in a prescribed burn at Fishlake National Forest
    Ecosystems

    Wildfires launch microbes into the air. How big of a health risk is that?

    How does wildfire smoke move bacteria and fungi — and what harm might they do to people when they get there?

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    Particle Physics

    How matter’s hidden complexity unleashed the power of nuclear physics

    In the last century, physicists learned to split atomic nuclei and revealed a complex world of fundamental particles.

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    Ecosystems

    Simple hand-built structures can help streams survive wildfires and drought

    Building simple structures with sticks and stones — and inviting in dam-building beavers — can keep water where it’s needed to fight drought and wildfires.

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  8. illustration of woman with headache with pills and a syringe in the background
    Health & Medicine

    New drugs that block a brain chemical are game changers for some migraine sufferers

    Drugs that block a brain chemical called CGRP are helping some patients who suffer from migraine pain.

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  9. illustration of a woman walking across of a bridge of DNA
    Genetics

    DNA databases are too white, so genetics doesn’t help everyone. How do we fix that?

    A lack of diversity in genetic databases is making precision medicine ineffective for many people. One historian proposes a solution: construct reference genomes for individual populations.

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  10. illustration of a science fiction nanobot brain mesh interface
    Neuroscience

    Three visions of the future, inspired by neuroscience’s past and present

    Three fantastical tales of where neuroscience might take us are based on the progress made by brain researchers in the last 100 years.

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    Space

    Solar storms can wreak havoc. We need better space weather forecasts

    Solar storms can devastate power grids and other systems on Earth. We need better forecasting

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    Health & Medicine

    How 5 universities tried to handle COVID-19 on campus

    U.S. colleges opened in the fall with a patchwork of control measures to keep COVID-19 at bay.

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