Category Archives: Science

Meritocracy and the history of the science of biological differences

From the ‘Google manifesto’ to white-nationalist rallies, some scholars are concerned that fringe ideas of inherent superiority and inferiority may be making a comeback.

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Everyone's eclipse: America comes together in the moon's shadow

Americans rarely come together to share a single event anymore, and when they do political divisions often take center stage. But on Monday, millions of Americans set aside their differences to share in the wonder of a celestial event.

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How the Great American Eclipse brings will bring solar science to Earth

The Aug. 21 eclipse promises Americans a rare window into our nearest star.

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The Great American Eclipse brings solar science to down to Earth

The Aug. 21 eclipse promises Americans a rare window into our nearest star.

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Lightning injuries dwindle with more time spent indoors, safety education

Scientists have seen a decrease in lightning-related injuries with farming and other outdoor occupations becoming less prevalent. But perhaps the biggest reason deaths are down is because of efforts to teach people not to get hit in the first place.

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Why are there still Nazis? These eight questions can help explain.

Social dominance theory postulates that societies maintain their hierarchies by creating and promoting social beliefs that keep dominant groups on top.

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Hunt for other worlds: 3,500 exoplanets and counting

Since the first planet beyond our solar system was discovered almost 30 years ago, the search for exoplanets has turned up thousands of fascinating worlds. 

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Robot communication: It's more than just talk

As robots start to spill out of factories and into more human spaces, researchers try to better equip both parties to understand each other.

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Beyond flattery: Why imitation could be humanity's most distinctive feature

Forget ‘monkey see, monkey do.’ ‘Human see, human do’ might be more accurate. But what does our incredible ability to imitate do for us?

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Scientists say ravens display foresight, a trait thought unique to apes

A series of experiments with ravens finds that the birds display the ability to think ahead and deliberately prepare for future events, adding to the growing body of evidence that intelligence has evolved more than once.

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