Science & Society

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    Top 10 stories of 2019: A black hole picture, measles outbreaks, climate protests and more

    Science News' top stories for 2019 include the first picture of a black hole, a quantum computing milestone and CRISPR's first U.S. clinical trials.

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    Genetics

    The first U.S. trials in people put CRISPR to the test in 2019

    Trials of the gene editor in people began in the United States this year, a first step toward fulfilling the technology’s medical promise.

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    Science & Society

    Here are Science News’ favorite science books of 2019

    Books about multiple universes, Apollo 11, animal emotions and the origins of popular foods made the list.

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    Science & Society

    Why Rembrandt and da Vinci may have painted themselves with skewed eyes

    A strongly dominant eye, not an eye disorder, may explain why some great artists painted themselves with one eye turned outward.

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    Science & Society

    ‘A Polar Affair’ delves into a centurylong cover-up of penguin sex

    In a new book, Lloyd Spencer Davis seeks to understand why an Antarctic explorer kept some of his penguin observations a secret.

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    Science & Society

    What happens when governments crack down on scientists just doing their jobs?

    Through their research findings or sense of duty, scientists can run afoul of government leaders keen to control information’s spread.

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    Humans

    50 years ago, income inequality was severe in the U.S. It still is

    In 1969, lower-income households tended to be nonwhite and in the U.S. South. That still holds true today.

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    Neuroscience

    Is taking birth control as a teen linked to depression? It’s complicated

    As researchers sift through conflicting data, no clear answers emerge on whether birth control during teenage years can cause depression later.

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    Earth

    Critics say an EPA rule may restrict science used for public health regulations

    Editors of six major scientific journals argue that a rule proposed by the U.S. EPA may keep key data from factoring into environmental regulations.

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    Climate

    Most Americans now see signs of climate change where they live

    In a Pew Research survey, most Americans said the U.S. government isn’t doing enough to counter climate change amid local weather extremes.

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    Science & Society

    A Dallas museum hosts rare hominid fossils from South Africa

    Fossils of the South African hominids Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi are on display at the Perot Museum of Science and History in Dallas.

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    Science & Society

    Why a warrant to search GEDmatch’s genetic data has sparked privacy concerns

    A search warrant issued by a state judge in Florida gives police access to DNA profiles of over a million Americans in a public genealogy database.

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