Science & Society

  1. smallpox vaccination
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, scientists debated the necessity of a smallpox vaccine

    In 1970, scientists debated the necessity of routine smallpox vaccinations as the disease declined. Fifty years later, the debate continues.

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  2. Notre Dame
    Archaeology

    After the Notre Dame fire, scientists get a glimpse of the cathedral’s origins

    Researchers will tackle the scientific questions behind rebuilding Notre Dame, and learn more about its history.

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  3. Notre Dame de Paris
    Physics

    How to restore the legendary acoustics of Notre Dame

    Using heritage acoustics, researchers hope to help restore the sound of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral.

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  4. Vera Rubin
    Space

    Dark matter pioneer Vera Rubin gets a new observatory named after her

    A new effort to study the cosmos is named after Vera Rubin, an astronomer who searched out dark matter and battled sexism.

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  5. child eating
    Health & Medicine

    Global progress in combating child malnutrition masks problem spots

    Low-resource countries are tackling serious childhood malnutrition, national-level statistics show, but a closer look highlights disparities.

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  6. bro riding a scooter
    Health & Medicine

    Electric scooter injuries rose 222 percent in 4 years in the U.S.

    Hospital admissions from accidents related to e-scooters grew from 2014 to 2018.

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  7. Jane Goodall
    Science & Society

    A new exhibit invites you to step into Jane Goodall’s life

    “Becoming Jane” celebrates Jane Goodall’s life and pioneering chimpanzee research.

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  8. atomic bomb
    Science & Society

    Top 10 science anniversaries in 2020

    2020 marks anniversaries of the discovery of electromagnetism and X-rays, plus the first atomic bomb

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  9. Mars 2020 rover
    Science & Society

    What’s ahead for science in 2020? Here’s what we’re watching

    Science News writers are awaiting new Mars missions, a new search for dark matter, results from a male birth control pill study and more.

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  10. woman voting in Iraq
    Science & Society

    Installing democracies may not work without prior cultural shifts

    Experts often argue over what comes first: democratic institutions or a culture that values democratic norms. A new study supports the culture camp.

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  11. Neutron star merger illustration
    Science & Society

    These science claims from 2019 could be big deals — if true

    Some of this year’s most tantalizing scientific finds aren’t yet ready for a “best of” list.

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  12. Science & Society

    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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