Science & Society

  1. Science & Society

    Kids lost more than learning when COVID closed their schools

    The first 18 months of the pandemic has already taken a hefty academic and emotional toll on students, new research shows.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    COVID-19 can infect kids — and risks sickening some severely

    Not all are equally impacted. Even among supposedly low risk groups, concerns intensify as the super-contagious delta variant sweeps across the globe.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    What is the role of in-person classes in COVID-19’s spread?

    New data haven’t shown that schools pose a big coronavirus risk to kids and their families, despite fears that they might.

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  4. Genetics

    Just a tiny share of the DNA in us is unique to humans

    Some of these tweaks to DNA, however, may have played a role in brain evolution.

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  5. Chemistry

    Lots of makeup may contain potentially harmful ‘forever chemicals’

    Hints of PFAS compounds have turned up in about half of tested makeup products. Waterproof mascaras and lipsticks were very likely to contain them.

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  6. Humans

    How scientists can get a better picture of our extinct relatives

    Facial reconstructions of extinct species have historically been more art than science. Some researchers hope to change that.

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  7. Tech

    No animal died to make this steak

    The ribeye steak is the first of its kind, and the latest in a growing list of meats printed with a 3-D bioprinter instead of being harvested from an animal.

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  8. Materials Science

    Copper ‘foam’ could be used as filters for COVID-19 masks

    The lightweight new material could serve as a washable and recyclable, eco-friendly alternative for many current mask filters.

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  9. Psychology

    Most people will add something — even when subtracting makes more sense

    People default to adding when solving puzzles and problems, even when subtracting works better. That could underlie some modern-day excesses.

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  10. Space

    Here’s why people picked certain stars as constellations

    Patterns of human eye movement help explain why particular sets of stars form iconic shapes, a high school student showed.

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  11. Earth

    Earth as you’ve never seen it before

    Earth is a sphere. Flat maps distort features on that sphere, usually by a lot. Now three scientists think they may have the best solution yet for flattening the planet.

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  12. Psychology

    Too much sitting could hurt your mental health

    As inactivity increases, so does risk of depression and other mental health problems, new studies show. But breaks for even light activity can help.

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