Science & Society

  1. Health & Medicine

    Stem cells can help build lab-grown organs that mimic real life

    Making such organoids with 3-D printing and other tech can help researchers learn more about many troubling and potentially deadly disorders.

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  2. Animals

    This bird nest becomes a ‘fortress’ using antibird spikes

    The spikes were meant to keep birds away. But five nests found in Europe may use the bird deterrents for structure and to scare off predators.

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  3. Tech

    Horses are inspiring this roboticist to build trustworthy robots

    Computer scientist Eakta Jain is looking at human-horse interactions for ideas about how to design robots that work well with people.

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  4. Computing

    Teen-created software IDs skin conditions, risky drivers and more

    Researchers at the 2023 Regeneron ISEF unveiled computer programs to diagnose skin conditions, warn of dangerous driving and translate sign language.

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  5. Math

    Math explains why dense crowds form surprisingly orderly lines

    New research into the behavior of moving groups of people adds to decades of study on the wisdom of crowds.

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  6. Humans

    Race car drivers usually blink at the same places in each lap

    Blinking is usually thought to be somewhat random. But a new study tracking blinks in Formula One drivers shows it can be predictable — and strategic.

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  7. Climate

    For greener toilets and air conditioning, consider saltwater

    Using saltwater would allow coastal cities to save their freshwater for drinking and to reduce their carbon footprints. Some could save money, too.

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  8. Space

    This astronaut took a winding journey into space

    Astronaut Kjell Lindgren has flown into space twice and performed more than 100 scientific experiments. He is now part of the crew planning a return to the moon.

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  9. Psychology

    Done right, online learning might be as engaging as face-to-face  

    Measures of stress offer clues to how engaged students are during online lessons. This could help teachers design more effective classes.

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  10. Psychology

    Supportive spaces help LGBTQ+ youth thrive in school and beyond

    Schools are safer and more welcoming when their policies respect and affirm LGBTQ+ students. Clubs can push for changes that boost kids’ mental health.

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  11. Environment

    Making yards more diverse can reap big environmental benefits

    Replacing grass with native plants uses less water and fewer chemicals while providing additional benefits to people and wildlife.

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  12. Space

    Here’s why the moon must get its own time zone

    But should moon time be like Earth time — or quite different? At issue: The moon’s lesser gravity will make seconds there tick faster than on Earth.

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