Science & Society

  1. A Black student looking into a microscope
    Science & Society

    These 6 graphs show that Black scientists are underrepresented at every level

    In the U.S., Black people are underrepresented in STEM fields, both as students and in the workforce.

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  2. 2020 favorite books covers
    Science & Society

    Our favorite books of 2020 covered climate change, Mars, the end of the universe and more

    In a year when the coronavirus pandemic dominated the news, these books were a welcomed distraction.

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  3. The front of the cruise ship the Diamond Princess
    Science & Society

    This COVID-19 pandemic timeline shows how fast the coronavirus took over our lives

    Look back on how the coronavirus pandemic took over 2020 and how efforts to fight back evolved.

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  4. Physician Lisa Fitzpatrick
    Science & Society

    Hear from people taking action against COVID-19

    Researchers, a health care worker, a clinical trial volunteer and others share their experiences during the pandemic.

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  5. illustration of telescope with alien spaceships
    Space

    Top 10 questions I’d ask an alien from the Galactic Federation

    An interview with E.T. would be a journalist’s dream, but it’s not very likely.

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  6. Collapsed Arecibo telescope
    Space

    Why losing Arecibo is a big deal for astronomy

    The radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory has collapsed, robbing scientists of a special tool for studying everything from asteroids to galaxies.

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  7. bike messenger in front of a boarded up Louis Vuitton store
    Science & Society

    A COVID-19 time capsule captures pandemic moments for future researchers

    Social scientists chose photos, charts and even a tweet to help future researchers understand the pandemic.

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  8. Ardi skeleton
    Anthropology

    Ardi and her discoverers shake up hominid evolution in ‘Fossil Men’

    A new book covers the big personalities, field exploits and scientific clashes behind the discovery of the hominid skeleton nicknamed Ardi.

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  9. firefighter in California wildfires
    Earth

    Technology and natural hazards clash to create ‘natech’ disasters

    Hurricanes, wildfires and nature’s other extreme events are increasingly causing damage to infrastructure crucial for safety and communication.

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  10. Members of Indigenous Bolivian group Tsimane
    Anthropology

    Bolivia’s Tsimane people’s average body temperature fell half a degree in 16 years

    A new study echoes other research suggesting that people’s average body temperature is lower today than it used to be.

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  11. supernova 1987A
    Science & Society

    These are science’s Top 10 erroneous results

    A weird form of life, a weird form of water and faster-than-light neutrinos are among the science findings that have not survived closer scrutiny.

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  12. SoundWatch smartwatch app
    Tech

    A smartwatch app alerts users with hearing loss to nearby sounds

    With a new smartwatch app, users who are deaf or hard of hearing can get alerts that an alarm is going off or someone is knocking at the door.

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