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Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

  1. Materials Science

    New twist can hush — even cloak — some sounds

    Swiss engineers developed clear, spiral structures to make a new sound-dampening system. Those twists block some vibrations and lets others through.

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  2. Physics

    Giving Notre Dame back her unique voice

    A 2019 fire robbed Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral of more than her roof. She also lost her voice. Now scientists are using acoustics to return her unique soundscape.

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  3. Materials Science

    The future of crystal-based solar energy just got brighter

    Researchers have upped the efficiency of layered solar cells that could be printed or painted onto surfaces. Now they are working to make them more rugged.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Today’s nico-teen addicts: What role does ‘juuling’ play?

    New data show that the most popular type of U.S. vapes deliver nicotine especially efficiently — boosting risk of addiction.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: Vaccines are not linked to autism

    Some parents say no to children’s vaccines because they worry immunizations could cause autism. But science has looked again and again and still finds no causal tie.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What is a clinical trial?

    Scientists perform these to compare the effects of a new drug or therapy in treated — and untreated — people. Always people.

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  7. Planets

    Asteroids may have delivered water to early Earth

    Scientists shot mineral pellets at a simulated planet. It showed an impact wouldn’t have boiled off all of an asteroid’s water.

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  8. Physics

    An ancient plant inspires a new lab tool

    Researchers have designed a lab tool that moves liquids from one place to another by mimicking a plant called a liverwort.

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  9. Chemistry

    Banana plant extract can slow how fast ice cream melts

    Food scientists now show that adding these tiny plant particles to ice cream may delay the rate at which this treat melts into a soupy mess.

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  10. Science & Society

    Explainer: Weather and weather prediction

    The sun and Earth combine to create the planet’s weather systems. And science is getting good at predicting what they’ll do.

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  11. Tech

    Maybe ‘shade balls’ should not be balls

    So-called shade balls have a range of uses in water reservoirs, from cutting evaporation to reducing the growth of algae. But the best performers might not actually be balls, a Florida teen now shows.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Are fidget spinners tools or toys?

    Fidget spinners are all the rage. Therapists say toys such as these can help some kids calm down and pay attention.

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