Category Archives: Science

Critical repairs completed on International Space Station

A relay box had to be replaced by astronaut Peggy Whitson after it abruptly failed.

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Do humans come with a built-in sense of obligation to one another?

A study finds that children as young as three and a half years old display an understanding of shared commitments, adding to a growing body of evidence that humans are a uniquely cooperative species.

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Can Native research codes avoid culture clash?

The San people of southern Africa seek to encourage mutually beneficial collaborations with scientists with an official code of research ethics. Can lessons from past conflicts help bypass future battles?

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Will your next home be built by robots?

Researchers hope to extend the manufacturing revolution to construction, but the building industry is proving set in its ways. 

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Why isn’t everything powered by solar yet?

If you thought free market forces would take over when solar energy became cheaper than coal, think again.

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Lost in space: Astronauts lose grip on key shield component

A piece of shielding was lost, but Mission Control worked with two veteran astronauts to save the day. 

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Manatees get 'downlisted' from 'endangered' to 'threatened.' Why are environmentalists angry?

By focusing on the manatees’ growing numbers, the feds may have overlooked significant threats to the species’ future health.

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How climate skeptics are trying to influence 200,000 science teachers

The Heartland Institute has mailed tens of thousands of public school teachers a book titled ‘Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming,’ and has plans to mail copies to all 200,000 K-12 science teachers in the United States.  

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Mice to men: everywhere you go, we'll follow

Humans and the common house mouse, Mus musculus domesticus, have been coexisting for 15,000 years.

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How climate change may be driving extreme weather

Scientists say climate change could be altering the jet stream in a way that causes extreme heat waves, droughts, and flooding.

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