Science Stats

  1. map of countries
    Health & Medicine

    Global access to quality health care has improved in the last two decades

    Health care quality and availability improved worldwide from 1990 to 2015, but the gap between countries with the lowest and highest levels of care widened.

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  2. X-ray of colon tumor
    Health & Medicine

    Colorectal cancer is on the rise among younger adults

    Colorectal cancer rates in the United States have increased in people younger than 50.

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  3. A stinkbug on a grape
    Animals

    Too many stinkbugs spoil the wine

    Stinkbugs can ruin wine if enough are accidentally processed alive with the grapes. Three or fewer stinkbugs per grape cluster don’t have a noticeable effect on red wine.

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  4. pile of junk
    Environment

    Humans’ stuff vastly outweighs humans

    The human-made technosphere weighs 30 trillion tons and surpasses the natural biosphere in mass and diversity, researchers estimate.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Birth defects occur in 1 in 10 pregnancies with first trimester Zika infection

    About 6 percent of U.S. women infected with Zika virus have infants or fetuses with birth defects, according to preliminary CDC results. For women infected in the first trimester, the number is even higher: nearly 11 percent.

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  6. syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia
    Health & Medicine

    CDC sounds alarm on STDs

    The combined reported cases of three common sexually transmitted diseases reached a historic peak in 2015, a new CDC report says.

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  7. Milky Way Galaxy
    Astronomy

    The sun isn’t the only light source behind that summer tan

    About 99.999% of the light that creates a suntan comes from the sun; the rest comes from the Big Bang and galaxies throughout the universe.

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  8. 2003 European heat wave
    Climate

    Global warming amplified death toll during 2003 European heat wave

    Climate change caused hundreds of fatalities in London and Paris during the 2003 European heat wave, simulations suggest.

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  9. magnetic flares
    Astronomy

    Magnetic fields in sun rise at 500 kilometers per hour

    Magnetic fields within the sun rise up no faster than about 500 kilometers per hour, suggesting that the movement of gas is responsible for bringing these fields to the sun’s surface.

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  10. head on collision
    Health & Medicine

    U.S. lags in road safety

    The U.S. tops the list of 19 high-income countries for deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

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  11. Beautiful weather at Pismo Beach
    Climate

    U.S. weather has gotten more pleasant, but will soon worsen

    Warmer winters have made U.S. weather more pleasant since 1974 thanks to climate change, but that will soon change.

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  12. illustration of a clock and earth
    Physics

    The center of Earth is younger than the outer surface

    Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicts the center of the Earth is two years younger than the crust.

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