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Spy satellites confirmed our discovery of the first meteor from outside the solar system News and Research

Spy satellites confirmed our discovery of the first meteor from outside the solar system News and Research

On January 8, 2014, at 5:05:34 PM UT, a six-foot rock shot from space off the coast of Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, burning with an energy equivalent to about 110 tons of TNT and raining debris into the depths of the Pacific. Similar sized fireballs are not uncommon in Earth’s skies; in fact, several …

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Climate Disputes Boosted by IPCC Report News and Research

Climate Disputes Boosted by IPCC Report News and Research

A recent UN climate report provides significant validation to lawsuits that are pushing fossil fuel companies to pay for climate damage and governments to be more aggressive on climate mitigation. In last week’s landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this trend of climate disputes is credited with influencing “the outcome and ambition …

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Do you like computers?  love story?  Listen to this podcast news and research

Do you like computers? love story? Listen to this podcast news and research

KATIE HAFNER: Hello Science Talk Audience / Hello 60-Second Science Listeners! I’m Katie Hafner, the host of Lost Women of Science† Each season is devoted to the life and work of a scientist who has not received the recognition it deserves. We call this season ‘A Grasshopper in Very Tall Grass’ and it’s all about …

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Roadkill literally 'drives' some species to extinction News & Research

Roadkill literally ‘drives’ some species to extinction News & Research

On May 8, 2021, at the crack of dawn, patches of mist crept from the chilly fields onto Ziedeweg, a country road south of Amsterdam. The rush hour traffic caused by commuters using the road to avoid traffic jams on the highway had not yet been addressed. But another activity took place. Along the four-mile …

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How Junk Science Is Used Against Trans Kids News and Research

How Junk Science Is Used Against Trans Kids News and Research

announcer 1: It is the latest battle over transgender rights. Announcer 2: Arkansas passes a bill that blocks gender-affirming care for trans youth. announcer 3: Transgender children in Texas face new barriers to access health care. Tulika Bose: Right now, you’re probably seeing the battle for gender-affirming care for trans children across the country in …

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Scientists risk arrest to demand climate action news and research

Scientists risk arrest to demand climate action news and research

Rose Abramoff drove from her home in Knoxville, Tennessee, to the nation’s capital last week to chain herself to the gate of the White House. The climate scientist was one of seven protesters arrested (and later released) on April 6. Their motivation: the dire warning that time is quickly running out to meet the world’s …

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How junk science is being used against transgender news and research

announcer 1: It is the latest battle over transgender rights. Announcer 2: Arkansas passes a bill that blocks gender-affirming care for trans youth. announcer 3: Transgender children in Texas face new barriers to access health care. Tulika Bose: Right now, you’re probably seeing the battle for gender-affirming care for trans children across the country in …

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Ax-1, First Crewed Private Space Station Mission, Launches Successfully News & Research

Ax-1, First Crewed Private Space Station Mission, Launches Successfully News & Research

A groundbreaking astronaut mission is en route to the International Space Station. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched Ax-1, a mission from Houston-based company Axiom Space, today (April 8) at 11:17 a.m. EDT (1517 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center here on Florida’s Space Coast. None of the four crew members of the Ax-1 are …

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Probiotics could help save overheated coral news and research

Probiotics could help save overheated coral news and research

Sarah Vitak: This is Scientific American’s 60 seconds of science. I’m Sarah Vitak. Charles Darwin’s famous voyage on the HMS Beagle is best known for bringing us the concept of evolution. But Darwin also did research on coral reefs and their formation. One thing about reefs in particular really puzzled him: That conundrum became known …

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Your brain expands and shrinks over time: these graphs show how news and research

Your brain expands and shrinks over time: these graphs show how news and research

When neuroscientist Jakob Seidlitz took his 15-month-old son to the pediatrician for a check-up last week, he left feeling unsatisfied. There was nothing wrong with his son — the boy seemed to be developing at a typical pace, according to the height and weight charts the doctor used. What Seidlitz felt was missing was an …

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