Science & Society

  1. Neptune in space
    Science & Society

    We’ve covered science for 100 years. Here’s how it has — and hasn’t — changed

    Today’s researchers pursue knowledge with more detail and sophistication, but some of the questions remain the same.

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  2. parent working on a computer while child makes a funny face in the background
    Science & Society

    Parents in Western countries report the highest levels of burnout

    The first survey comparing parental exhaustion across 42 countries links it to a culture of self-reliance.

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  3. microscope image of plant cells
    Life

    Two new books investigate why it’s so hard to define life

    For centuries, scientists have struggled to define what it means to be alive. ‘What Is Life?’ and ‘Life’s Edge’ explore the question.

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  4. black and white people playing in the street
    Science & Society

    How perceptions of diversity vary by race and political views

    Black, Latino and Asian people tend to see U.S. neighborhoods as more diverse when their group is in the majority, a new study finds.

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  5. archaeological structures from ancient city of Çatalhöyük
    Archaeology

    A tour of ‘Four Lost Cities’ reveals modern ties to ancient people

    In the book 'Four Lost Cities,' author Annalee Newitz uses cities of the past to show what might happen to cities in the future.

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  6. image of a giraffe and a rhinoceros in Namibia
    Animals

    Delve into the history of the fight for Earth’s endangered creatures

    The new book ‘Beloved Beasts’ chronicles past conservation efforts as a movement and a science, and explores how to keep striding forward.

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  7. distraught woman sitting on a sofa with a glass of wine
    Health & Medicine

    COVID-19 has exacerbated a troubling U.S. health trend: premature deaths

    The pandemic played into already rising death rates from obesity, drugs, alcohol and suicide.

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  8. cat rubbing on a catnip plant
    Neuroscience

    Catnip repels insects. Scientists may have finally found out how

    The plant deters mosquitoes and fruit flies by triggering a chemical receptor that, in other animals, senses pain and itch.

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  9. EHT black hole image
    Physics

    Black hole visionaries push the boundaries of knowledge in a new film

    ‘Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know’ follows researchers with the Event Horizon Telescope and other physicists working to understand black holes.

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  10. cockroaches wriggling under a door
    Science & Society

    ‘Gory Details’ dives into the morbid, the taboo — and our minds

    Erika Engelhaupt explores creepy insects, fecal transplants, cannibalism and more in her new book.

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  11. Coronal mass ejection from July 2012
    Space

    Solar storms can wreak havoc. We need better space weather forecasts

    Solar storms can devastate power grids and other systems on Earth. We need better forecasting

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  12. a little Black girl getting a peach-tented bandaid from a nurse
    Health & Medicine

    Redefining ‘flesh-colored’ bandages makes medicine more inclusive

    Peach-colored bandages label dark-skinned patients as outside the norm, says med student Linda Oyesiku. Brown bandages expand who gets to be normal.

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