Category Archives: science

How information overload helps spread fake news

Mathematical modeling of social networks reveals how misinformation finds its way to the top – and offers clues for how to dampen the spread of false information.

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Unbreakable: China doubles down on quantum internet

China has set a new distance record for photon entanglement, the foundation for a communications network secured by the code to end all codes.

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New study shows ancients cats traveled the world with their human owners

In a groundbreaking study, researchers traced genetic signatures of cats – some 9,000 years old – back to the Middle East, with feline DNA resembling some modern-day breeds. 

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Understanding why loneliness exists can help ease it, say scientists

New research that examines the vicious circle of social isolation also points to the evolutionary origins of loneliness, and a way for people to escape it.

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Just how Earth-shattering are those 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens fossils?

It may seem like an astonishing revision of our species’ history to add 100,000 years, but to paleoanthropologists trying to piece together a messy evolutionary picture, that’s a good day on the job. 

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Can female mentors patch the leaky STEM pipeline?

A two-year study found that 100 percent of women engineering students with female mentors stuck with the program, a surprising win in a field with a traditionally high attrition rate.

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Can the world come together in defense of oceans?

Leaders from 193 nations convene in New York this week for the first-ever UN Ocean Conference to share ideas, make voluntary commitments, and issue a ‘call for action’ in defense of the world’s seas.

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Where are all the space hotels? Why smart people make terrible forecasts.

Virgin Galactic is in good company when it comes to aerospace organizations over-promising on their ability to deliver new technology, suggesting that accurate project management may actually be harder than rocket science. 

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Probe spots massive cyclones at the poles of Jupiter

The nature and scale of the storms are causing scientists to rethink what they thought they knew about the gas giant.

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Unusual test rocket successfully launches from New Zealand, but doesn't make orbit

Rocket Lab is the company behind the launch. The Electron rocket is smaller and lighter than most rockets, and boasts an electric engine.

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