Science & Society

  1. Dolly the Sheep surrounded by photographers
    Science & Society

    Top 10 science anniversaries to celebrate in 2021

    DNA, Maxwell’s demon and Dolly the Sheep all make the list. But the one we’re most excited about at Science News is our centennial.

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  2. piles of plastic at a landfill
    Chemistry

    Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills

    Recycling plastics is really hard, and usually creates low-quality materials that aren’t good for much. Chemists are trying to change that.

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  3. Hubble image of galaxies
    Physics

    ‘Fundamentals’ shows how reality is built from a few basic ingredients

    In ‘Fundamentals,’ physics Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek shares essential lessons from physics.

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  4. solar thermal power plant in Morocco
    Climate

    How much will Africa capitalize on cheap renewable energy as its power grid grows?

    An analysis of the successes and failures of past electrical power projects across Africa suggests the continent isn’t likely to go green before 2030.

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  5. masked student looking at a computer
    Psychology

    The COVID-19 pandemic made U.S. college students’ mental health even worse

    College students struggled with mental health problems before the pandemic. Now, some vulnerable students are even more at risk.

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  6. Lincoln Memorial covid ceremony
    Science & Society

    Biden administration outlines its ambitious plan to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

    Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, an adviser to the Biden transition team, talks about the plans to tackle the public health crisis COVID-19 created.

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  7. gas flare at North Dakota oil well
    Climate

    ‘The New Climate War’ exposes tactics of climate change ‘inactivists’

    In his new book, climate scientist Michael Mann draws the battle lines for a new phase of the struggle against climate change denialism.

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  8. Marie Tharp looks over a map on a table
    Science & Society

    Marie Tharp’s groundbreaking maps brought the seafloor to the world

    In part because of her gender, Tharp was the right person in the right place at the right time to make the first detailed maps of the ocean’s bottom.

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  9. erupting volcano
    Earth

    How the Earth-shaking theory of plate tectonics was born

    Plate tectonics explains many of Earth’s geologic wonders and natural hazards — and may hold clues to the evolution of life.

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  10. astrolabe
    Science & Society

    ‘The Light Ages’ illuminates the science of the so-called Dark Ages

    In telling the story of a monk who contributed to astronomy, a new book shows that science didn’t take a break during the Middle Ages.

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  11. Students in a classroom
    Science & Society

    How schools can reduce excessive discipline of Black students

    Black middle and high school students miss four times as much school as white children due to suspensions. What can be done to shrink the gap?

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  12. a 3-D printed skull of Asteriornis maastrichtensis
    Science & Society

    2020’s science superlatives include the oldest, highest and grossest discoveries

    From the earliest modern bird to the highest-temperature superconductor, science set plenty of records in 2020.

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