Bookmarks (87)

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    Has the BLM Movement Influenced Police Use of Lethal Force?

    For decades, researchers have studied the influence of social movements on broader society. Yet nearly nine...

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    Online Data Could Pose Risks in a Post-Roe v. Wade World

    If the Supreme Court overturns the landmark decision, women in states where abortion becomes illegal could...

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    India’s 'Man-Eating' Tigers Entangled in a Blame Game

    In recent decades, India’s tigers have rebounded, reclaiming some of their historic range. At the same...

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    Book Review: The Toxic Legacy of DDT

    In “How to Sell a Poison,” medical historian Elena Conis chronicles the history of the infamous...

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    Space Is an Ecosystem Like Any Other. And It’s in Peril.

    The band of orbital space just above our atmosphere can be thought of as a critical...

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    The Race to Produce Green Steel

    In a push to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint, the steel industry is testing new manufacturing...

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    Automated Medication Dispensing May Cause Drug Mix-ups

    Computerized cabinets are used to dispense medications in nearly all hospitals in the United States. But...

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    Pandemic Brings New Hardships to India's Domestic Workers

    In India, live-in domestic workers — who often come from marginalized communities — toil in conditions...

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    Book Review: Anatomy of an Environmental Tragedy

    Keith O’Brien’s “Paradise Falls” is the deeply reported tale of how a group of neighborhood mothers...

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    Trolling Is Taking a Toll on Science Journalism

    In a series of interviews conducted last year, science journalists described being targeted with online hate....

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    In Farming, a Constant Drive For Technology

    As farmers face changing weather patterns, environmental degradation, labor shortages, and the rising cost of key...

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    For Thousands of Nursing Home Workers, Dubious Vaccine Exemptions

    While 89 percent of nursing home workers are now vaccinated against Covid-19, tens of thousands have...

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    In India, Digital Snooping on Sanitation Workers

    Many sanitation workers in India must wear GPS trackers, and some say taking off the device...

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    Book Review: Unlocking the Mysteries of Pain

    In “Song of Our Scars,” physician Haider Warraich surveys the scientific, historical, and cultural dimensions of...

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    Podcast: Cascading Effects of Pollution in Lebanon's Litani River

    This month: Residents of Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley say pollution in the Litani River is responsible for...

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    Risk Aversion Is Ruining Science

    An incrementalist approach to science may pay off in the short run, but big advances require...

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    In Rural India, Extreme Covid Vaccine Hesitancy

    A tribal belt in India has low Covid-19 vaccination rates: 82 percent of the population hasn’t...

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    Shaky Science Instruction Pervades Middle School Classrooms

    Early adolescence is a time of huge cognitive change and a critical time to build students’...

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    Book Excerpt: What Elephant Seals Tell Us About Power Dynamics

    Every year, a complex and chaotic struggle for power plays out among 4,000-pound male elephant seals,...

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    I Helped Pen the UN Climate Report. Here’s Why It Gives Me Hope.

    The latest and final installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report paints...

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    In a Cold Winter, Afghans Struggle to Keep Warm

    In the Charahi Qambar camp for internally displaced people, at the tail end of winter, nighttime...

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    The Virus Years: A U.S. Covid Retrospective

    Although its worst impacts have been unevenly distributed, the Covid-19 pandemic has indelibly touched every corner...

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    Despite Scrutiny, High C-Section Rates Persist in the South

    Cesarean sections can be necessary and even lifesaving, but public health experts have long contended that...

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    Why Researchers Want Broader Access to Social Media Data

    Within days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, tech companies took steps to reduce the circulation of...

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    Book Review: An Urgent Plea for Mental Health Care Reform

    In “Healing,” former director of the National Institute of Mental Health Thomas Insel argues for a...

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    Biden’s Plan to ‘End Cancer’ Borrows From an Old, Flawed Playbook

    The President’s new research enterprise, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, is eerily reminiscent of...

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    Environmentalists Target Mountains of Fertilizer Waste

    Industry officials maintain that existing environmental standards for phosphogypsum are already strict enough. But environmental advocates...

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    To Curb Smuggling, Norway Has Been Killing Confiscated Wildlife

    Norwegian authorities have seized and killed smuggled animals, raising questions about how the country handles endangered...

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    Dire Climate Warning Issued in New IPCC Report: 'Now or Never'

    The latest IPCC mitigation report, released last week, outlines economic and political choices society can make...

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    Interview: Whitney Phillips on Making Sense of Misinformation

    Whitney Phillips’ research has taken her to some of the internet’s darkest corners. As a media...

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    The Careless Display of Ill-Gotten Human Remains

    For more than 200 years, London’s Hunterian Museum has shown off the monumental skeleton of Charles...

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    The Fractious Evolution of Pediatric Transgender Medicine

    Pediatric transgender medicine was pioneered at a Dutch clinic where practitioners developed a protocol and published...

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    Climate Collaborations in the Arctic Are Frozen Amid War

    Russia’s war on Ukraine has forced the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental group of Arctic states and...

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    Decolonizing the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

    Sixty years after President Kennedy described space as a new frontier, scholars are calling for greater...

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    Book Review: Elegy to a Rapidly Vanishing Lake

    In “Troubling the Water,” Abby Seiff reveals how dams, overfishing, and climate change are threatening a...

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    Facts Haven’t Spurred Us to Climate Action. Can Fiction?

    What will it take to jolt the world into action against climate change? By dragging us...

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    Podcast: Water Cremation Ignites Debate Over Dignified Death

    This month: Alkaline hydrolysis is an end-of-life option that’s gaining popularity in Canada and the U.S....

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    Under the Sea, a Hidden Climate Variable: Thawing Permafrost

    Not only on land, permafrost is also thawing under the sea, emitting greenhouse gases and leaving...

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    How Radar Is Helping Track Down Lost Indigenous Grave Sites

    Ground penetrating radar is being used by Indigenous groups in Canada and the U.S. to identify...

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    The Parable of the World's Largest Bee

    If it wasn’t the world’s largest bee and therefore a sort of holy grail for a...

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    Universities Are Failing the Next Generation of Scientists

    Many science Ph.D. recipients don’t obtain tenure-track academic research positions, and may wind up working outside...

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    How the Hoopa Valley Tribe Monitors a Rare Carnivore

    Since 2005, the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s wildlife division has run one of the longest, most detailed...

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    Sharing Accurate Covid Vaccine Information Inside ICE Detention

    In the two years since the pandemic took hold, Covid outbreaks have plagued detainees in recurring...

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    The Subtle Psychology of 'Nudging' During a Pandemic

    The 2008 book “Nudge” outlined the concept of a nudge: a subtle prompt that can alter...

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    Book Review: A Doctor's Impassioned Critique of Big Pharma

    In John Abramson’s “Sickening,” a Harvard professor and family physician chronicles the deceptive marketing practices of...

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    To Prevent Future Variants, We Must Protect Those Most At Risk

    As mask mandates expire and social distancing measures are curbed across the U.S., the threat of...

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    The Worrying Murkiness of Institutional Biosafety Committees

    Experts say IBCs are a crucial tool for ensuring the safety of biomedical research. But evidence...

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    Lacking Mental Health Support, First Responders Turn to Peers

    Peer support for first responders has resonated broadly in the medical community, but because so much...

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    Fossil-Fueled War: Ukraine’s Top Climate Scientist Speaks Out

    As Western governments untangle themselves from Russian oil and gas, Ukrainian climate scientist Svitlana Krakovska notes...

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    Book Review: Healing from Heartbreak, According to Science

    Recovering from her divorce, Florence Williams explores the many effects heartache and trauma can have on...