climate 

From 24 Jul: Nuclear power’s reliability is dropping as extreme weather increases - Enlarge / Cooling water is only one factor that limits the productivity of nuclear power plants. W... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -change -power

mental-health 

From 13 Jul: Our brains “read” expressions of illusory faces in things just like real faces - Enlarge / This wall in an old town in Tuscany, Italy, illustrates the phenomenon of facial pareidol... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -psychology -pareidolia

From 05 Jul: Did lead poisoning cause downfall of Roman Empire? The jury is still out - Ancient Rome’s emperors did some pretty bizarre stuff—bursting into uncontrollable ... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -rome -&-culture -poisoning

From 07 Jul: Cluster full of black holes may be spitting out stars - As we carefully map the stars of our Milky Way, we’re able to identify features that tell us... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -holes

From 14 Jun: Wikipedia’s Surprising Power in Shaping Science: A New MIT Shows How Wikipedia Shapes Scientific Research - If you were in high school or college when Wikipedia emerged, you’ll remember how strenuousl... openculture.com/2021/06/wikipe

From 01 Jul: How a 17th-century illustration is helping archaeologists find Viking ships - In 1650, a Danish physician and antiquarian named Ole Worm conducted the first survey of a Viking... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -&-culture -kalvestene -ships

From 26 Jun: All the major players spent time in the Denisovan cave - Enlarge / Neanderthals and Denisovans probably enjoyed the view from Denisova cave, too. At variou... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -dna -cave -sapiens -ancestors -evolution -migration -dna -tools

From 24 Jun: The human family tree keeps getting more complicated - It’s long past time to stop thinking of humanity’s nearest relatives as forming a famil... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -evolution

From 05 Jun: Reducing poverty can actually lower energy demand, finds research - Ethiopians carrying jerrycans of water. As people around the world escape poverty, you might expec... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -change

From 31 May: Building a better edible - Enlarge / “Digital generated image of popsicles organized into rainbow colored pattern on pink... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0

discrimination,politics 

From 19 Jun: The efforts to make text-based AI less racist and terrible - In July 2020, OpenAI launched GPT-3, an artificial intelligence language model that quickly stoke... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -3 -learning -ai

politics 

From 10 Jun: Biggest health insurer plans to deny ER bills if it doubts you had an emergency - Enlarge / UnitedHealth Group Inc. headquarters stands in Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S., on Wednesday,... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -hospital-association -medical-care -insurance

politics 

From 21 Apr: Trump EPA sidelined its own scientists when rewriting fuel economy rules - Enlarge / Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The Trump administration effectively muffled scie... arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20 -standards -gas-emissions -administration

From 18 Apr: The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season - If you’re kind of judgmental when it comes to plants, you might describe the chamise plant... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -change

politics 

From 16 Apr: Arkansas House passes unconstitutional bill putting creationism in schools - Enlarge / The Arkansas state capitol. Last week, the Arkansas state House of Representatives passe... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -education

From 06 Apr: Things We Saw Today: A New HIV Vaccine Trial Shows Promise - And now for some truly good news: a new novel vaccine for HIV has shown promise in initial trials ... themarysue.com/a-new-hiv-vacci -hiv-activism -vaccine

From 19 Mar: Alkaline “Real Water” linked to liver failure in kids—and reports are rising - Enlarge / Images of Real Water’s “alkalized“ products, which the FDA now says you sh... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -water

covid 

From 10 Mar: COVID herd immunity may be unlikely—winter surges could “become the norm” - Enlarge / Empty vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a first-come, first-serve drive-th... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -19 -disease -health -cov-2

From 09 Mar: Russia turns away from NASA, says it will work with China on a Moon base - The heads of the Chinese and Russian space agencies signed an agreement on Tuesday to work togeth... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0

From 27 Feb: Atlantic currents seem to have started fading last century - Enlarge / The Gulf Stream, as imaged from space. The major currents in the Atlantic Ocean help con... arstechnica.com/science/2021/0 -science -stream

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