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October 22, 2021
Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs
African swine fever killed half the pigs in China. There is no vaccine and no treatment. Now it’s in the Caribbean and on the doorstep of the US.
October 21, 2021
Deadly Heat Is Baking Cities. Here’s How to Cool Them Down
Urban areas can be 20 degrees hotter than the surrounding country. But green spaces and reflective pavement can make city life more bearable.
October 19, 2021
Astronomers Get Ready to Probe Europa’s Hidden Ocean for Life
Jupiter’s most enigmatic moon, one of a few ocean worlds in the solar system, will be the target of upcoming missions by NASA and the European Space Agency.
October 18, 2021
The Grid Isn’t Ready for the Renewable Revolution
The massive deployment of wind and solar will turn you, the humble homeowner, into a critical actor in the operation of the US power grid.
October 15, 2021
The Controversial Quest to Make Cow Burps Less Noxious
Their incessant belching loads the atmosphere with planet-warming methane. But it’s not so simple as just feeding them gas-busting seaweed.
October 14, 2021
How Healthy Is a Farm's Soil? Check How Active Its Microbes Are
Researchers developed a probe that could help farmers better understand their land by measuring the electric current from the tiny creatures in the dirt.
October 13, 2021
Pandemic Bird-Watching Created a Data Boom—and a Conundrum
Avid amateurs are generating a wealth of information on avian activity. But does that data reflect new trends in bird behavior, or in people’s?
October 12, 2021
The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment
A set of papers show that llama-derived antibodies protect the rodent against the virus—which bodes well for making a version for people.
October 11, 2021
In New Zealand, People (and Moths) Rediscover Dark Skies
A massive South Island stargazing reserve is a respite from light pollution for many species, including our own.
October 8, 2021
What If Getting a Kids' Vaccine Approved Is the Easy Part?
Just because something has the FDA’S green light doesn’t mean it’s simple to obtain—or that everyone wants it.
October 7, 2021
What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?
A new study of the American West shows that climate change is driving more days that are hot, dry, and windy—the perfect conditions for deadly wildfires.
October 6, 2021
A Flawed, Strange Covid-19 Origin Theory Is Gaining Traction
A spate of studies claim that the disease was circulating in Italy long before the pandemic—but they struggle to support the theory.
October 5, 2021
As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections
A decade of work helped limit the spread of dangerous pathogens in medical settings. Overcrowding from Covid care is allowing infections to rise again.
October 4, 2021
A Third of Shark and Ray Species May Face Extinction
Overfishing, habitat loss, and climate change are driving species collectively known as chondrichthyan fishes toward a global crisis.
October 1, 2021
How a Duck Learned to Say ‘You Bloody Fool’
Voice analysis of a 34-year-old recording proves that Ripper the musk duck “independently evolved” to mimic his human caretakers.
September 30, 2021
‘Neurograins’ Could be the Next Brain-Computer Interfaces
Dozens of microchips scattered over the cortical surface might allow researchers to listen in on thousands of neurons at the same time.
September 29, 2021
Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Pandemic Is Headed Next
Human behavior has changed along with the virus and public health measures to contain it. For modelers, it’s a curveball.
September 28, 2021
The Dark Asteroid Ryugu Finally Comes Into the Light
Using cameras aboard the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, Japanese scientists get a rare, close-up glimpse of a space rock’s structure.
September 27, 2021
Better Data on Ivermectin Is Finally on Its Way
Studies have been small and often not great. The best info so far says don’t use it, get vaccinated, and hang in there for the more promising meds being tested.
September 24, 2021
3D Printing Helps Ultracold Quantum Experiments Go Small
Cutting-edge devices used for quantum experiments have been bulky, finicky, and confined to academic labs—so far.