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  1. Science & Society

    Empty stadium ‘ghost games’ increase losses for home teams

    European soccer teams playing at home during the pandemic also racked up more foul calls.

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  2. Psychology

    What happened when Simone Biles got the twisties at the Olympics?

    Stress might have led to physical and mental disorientation during the gymnastics competition. Still, a lot about the phenomenon remains unknown.

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  3. Brain

    Scientists Say: Haptic

    Haptic is an adjective used to describe things related to our sense of touch.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Cannabis may alter a teen’s developing brain

    Marijuana use between ages 14 and 19 was linked to faster thinning of brain regions important in decision-making.

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  5. Archaeology

    A medieval grave may have held a powerful nonbinary person

    A 1,000-year-old grave in Finland, once thought to hold a respected woman warrior, may belong to someone who didn’t have a strictly male or female identity.

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  6. Psychology

    How to resist and counter today’s flood of fake news

    Although misinformation bothers most people, few know how to spot deceit or nonsense, studies find.

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  7. Fossils

    Baby pterosaurs may have been able to fly right after hatching

    A bone crucial for lift-off was stronger in hatchling pterosaurs than in adults. The baby reptiles also had shorter, broader wings than grown-ups.

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  8. Space

    Let’s learn about dark matter

    Dark matter is only detectable by the gravitational pull it exerts on visible objects, like stars and galaxies.

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  9. Physics

    Scientists Say: Plasma

    In physics, plasma refers to one of the four states of matter. In medicine, plasma describes the part of blood that ferries cells, nutrients and more throughout the body.

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  10. Animals

    Squirrels use parkour tricks to leap from branch to branch

    Squirrels navigate through trees by making rapid calculations. They have to balance trade-offs between branch flexibility and the distance between tree limbs.

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  11. Tech

    Tiny swimming robots may help clean up a microplastics mess

    Big problem, tiny solution. Researchers in the Czech Republic have designed swimming robots that can help collect and break down microplastics.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Discovering the power of placebos

    If you take a fake pill and expect to feel better, you may. Researchers are learning how this placebo effect works and how to use it to help patients.

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