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    Planetary Science

    A century of astronomy revealed Earth’s place in the universe

    The past century of astronomy has been a series of revolutions, each one kicking Earth a bit farther to the margins.

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    Science & Society

    What 20th century science fiction got right and wrong about the future of babies

    A century of science has pushed the boundaries of human reproduction even beyond writers’ imaginations.

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  3. a field with rows of pine trees alternating with rows of grape vines
    Earth

    Mixing trees and crops can help both farmers and the climate

    Agriculture is a major driver of climate change and biodiversity loss. But integrating trees into farming practices can boost food production, store carbon and save species.

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    Climate

    The first step in using trees to slow climate change: Protect the trees we have

    In all the fuss over planting trillions of trees, we need to protect the forests that already exist.

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    Environment

    Why planting tons of trees isn’t enough to solve climate change

    Massive projects need much more planning and follow-through to succeed – and other tree protections need to happen too.

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  6. Hans Berger, inventor of the electroencephalogram
    Health & Medicine

    How Hans Berger’s quest for telepathy spurred modern brain science

    In the 1920s, psychiatrist Hans Berger invented EEG and discovered brain waves — though not long-range signals.

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    Earth

    A WWII submarine-hunting device helped prove the theory of plate tectonics

    With a boost from World War II, the fluxgate magnetometer became a portable and invaluable tool.

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    Physics

    Mathematician J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. was a Manhattan Project standout despite racism

    Black scientist J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. made nuclear physics calculations that helped build an atomic bomb.

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  9. illustration of nerve cells
    Health & Medicine

    Controlling nerve cells with light opened new ways to study the brain

    A method called optogenetics offers insights into memory, perception and addiction.

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  10. illustration of an egg bursting out of an ovary
    Health & Medicine

    Solving mysteries of reproduction helped make parenthood possible for millions

    Over the last 100 years, research has shed light on where we come from — how a single fertilized egg manages to develop into an organism that is unique, complex and most decidedly human — and technology has helped spur the process.

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    Science & Society

    How science museums reinvented themselves to survive the pandemic

    The pandemic forced science museums to reach out to their communities, and some built a wider following.

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  12. A young woman sitting at a kitchen table injects insulin into her arm
    Health & Medicine

    A repurposed TB vaccine shows early promise against diseases like diabetes and MS

    The potentially helpful effect of the BCG vaccine on type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases is beginning to make sense.

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