Science & Society

  1. law enforcement officers stand in front of Robb Elementary School where flowers and crosses are displayed in front of a sign reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos"
    Science & Society

    Mass shootings and gun violence in the United States are increasing

    In the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas, a gun violence researcher shares what can be done to reduce gun violence deaths.

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  2. a picture of a large screen showing a video of an unidentified aerial phenomenon during a congressional hearing
    Science & Society

    Why some scientists want serious research into UFOs

    Science grapples with unknown phenomena all the time. Investigating UAP and whether they're related to aliens shouldn't be different, researchers say.

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    Science & Society

    COVID-19 has killed a million Americans. Our minds can’t comprehend that number

    We intuitively compare large, approximate quantities but cannot grasp such a big, abstract number as a million U.S. COVID-19 deaths.

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  4. a crowd at Disney World
    Science & Society

    Pressure to conform to social norms may explain risky COVID-19 decisions

    As a science reporter covering COVID-19, I knew I should mask up at Disney World. Instead, I conformed, bared my face and got COVID-19.

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  5. Collage of meat and vegetables
    Humans

    Eating meat is the Western norm. But norms can change

    A meat-heavy diet, with its high climate costs, is the norm in the West. So social scientists are working to upend normal.

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  6. Aqua performing on stage at a music festival
    Science & Society

    Why it’s so hard for a one-hit wonder to have a lasting music career

    An analysis of nearly 3 million pop songs from 1959 to 2010 shows fame is a dance between similarity and innovation.

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  7. aerial photo of a crosswalk in Tokyo
    Psychology

    Latin America defies cultural theories based on East-West comparisons

    Theories for how people think in individualist versus collectivist nations stem from East-West comparisons. Latin America challenges those theories.

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    Know your science history? Take our headline quiz to find out

    Can you guess when Science News published these science headlines?

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  9. pregnant person holding a pill in one hand and a glass of water in the other hand
    Health & Medicine

    Why taking medications during pregnancy is so confusing

    It's hard to know what new drugs are safe when medical research excludes pregnant people.

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  10. Lois Gibbs gestures as she leads a tour of Love Canal in 2008
    Science & Society

    ‘Paradise Falls’ thrusts readers into the Love Canal disaster

    ‘Paradise Falls’ tells the story of the Love Canal environmental tragedy from the point of view of the people who lived near the former dump site.

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  11. Ukrainian citizen learns to operate a weapon
    Science & Society

    Ukrainian identity solidified for 30 years. Putin ignored the science

    Social scientists have mapped Ukrainian allegiances shifting from Russia toward Ukraine since the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

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  12. an aerial photo showing a solar farm. There are rows and rows of solar panels grouped into squares as far as the image stretches. The sun is low in the sky.
    Tech

    50 years ago, the future of solar energy looked bright

    In the 1970s, scientists and engineers were coming around to the idea of “farming” the sun’s energy on a large scale.

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