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  1. Album cover of Experimental Words
    Science & Society

    The spoken word album ‘Experimental Words’ weaves rhyme with reason

    The spoken word album Experimental Words, a collaboration between researchers and poets, explores the intersection between science and art.

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  2. black and white image of Luis Miramontes in a lab coat
    Chemistry

    Luis Miramontes helped enable the sexual revolution. Why isn’t he better known?

    By synthesizing norethindrone, one of the first active ingredients in birth control pills, Luis Miramontes helped usher in the sexual revolution.

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  3. black and white photograph of Edwin Hubble looking into a telescope
    Science & Society

    The Top 10 scientific surprises of Science News’ first 100 years

    In the 100 years since Science News started reporting on it, science has offered up plenty of unexpected discoveries.

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  4. A monkey munches on a banana
    Animals

    Mary Roach’s new book ‘Fuzz’ explores the ‘criminal’ lives of animals

    In “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law,” author Mary Roach profiles mugging monkeys, thieving bears and other animal outlaws.

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  5. image collage of a woman looking pensively off into the distance surrounded by money, books, a rock climber, mountains and a statue couple
    Psychology

    Perspective-changing experiences, good or bad, can lead to richer lives

    Happiness or meaning have long been seen as keys to the “good life.” Psychologists have now defined a third good life for people leading rich psychological lives.

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  6. A 17th century painting of an alchemist
    Science & Society

    ‘On the Fringe’ explores the thin line between science and pseudoscience

    In his latest book, historian Michael Gordin surveys astrology, eugenics and other fringe movements to show how challenging it is to define pseudoscience.

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  7. people hold posters and flags in support of transgender people
    Science & Society

    Gender-affirming care improves mental health for transgender youth

    Several state legislatures have taken steps to restrict access to gender-affirming health care for transgender adolescents. That goes against medical guidelines.

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  8. A Scott's oriole, with black neck and head, black-and-white wings and yellow underbelly, perched on a branch
    Science & Society

    Racism lurks in names given to plants and animals. That’s starting to change

    Racist legacies linger in everyday lingo for birds, bugs and more. Some scientists see the chance to change that.

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  9. pictures of bananas arranged in a row from brown to yellow to green
    Psychology

    Everyone maps numbers in space. But why don’t we all use the same directions?

    The debate over whether number lines are innate or learned obscures a more fundamental question: Why do we map numbers to space in the first place?

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