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Researchers: Career metrics uphold racism, sexism in science

The metrics that mark career success for researchers are biased against already marginalized groups in science, say 24 researchers. The criteria that measure progress—or lack thereof—include how often a researcher’s studies are cited by other scientists, and the number of papers they publish in prestigious, high-impact scientific journals (which often...

What Juneteenth teaches us about emancipation

For historian Julie Saville, the celebration of Juneteenth highlights the work that was required to secure freedom for enslaved Black people. “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Thus declared Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army on June 19,...

‘Doomsday Glacier’ may be more stable than feared

The world’s largest ice sheets may be in less danger of sudden collapse than previously predicted, according to a new study. The study in Science includes simulating the demise of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, one of the world’s largest and most unstable glaciers. Researchers modeled the collapse of various heights of ice cliffs—near-vertical...

What parents should know about kids and the COVID-19 vaccine

As vaccines become available for younger people, Nathan Price has answers about COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and the risk of side effects in children. A rise in adolescent hospitalizations in March and April led the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to urge parents to vaccinate their teenagers against COVID-19. The CDC currently does...

Your brain biology may explain ‘doomscrolling’

The biology of our brains may play a role in “doomscrolling,” according to new research. The term “doomscrolling” describes the act of endlessly scrolling through bad news on social media and reading every worrisome tidbit that pops up, a habit that unfortunately seems to have become common during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers have identified...

What triggers a sneeze reflex?

Researchers have identified, in mice, the specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex. A tickle in the nose can help trigger a sneeze, expelling irritants and disease-causing pathogens. But the cellular pathways that control the sneeze reflex go far beyond the sinuses and have been poorly understood. “Better understanding what causes...

Bacteria clean oil-polluted soil on old military bases

Diesel-polluted soil from now-defunct military outposts in Greenland can be remediated using naturally occurring soil bacteria, according to an extensive five-year experiment in Mestersvig, East Greenland. Mothballed military outposts and stacks of rusting oil drums aren’t an unusual sight in Greenland. Indeed, there are about 30 abandoned military...

Ancient shells hint past high CO2 levels could return

Using two methods to analyze tiny organisms found in sediment cores from the deep seafloor, researchers have estimated carbon dioxide levels from the past 66 million years. Their findings show a consistent picture of the evolution of the ocean-atmosphere carbon dioxide levels. “At CO2 levels of around 1500 ppm, last seen about 50 million years ago,...

Solar power and energy storage combo boosts reliability

New research shows that when a power system combines energy storage and solar power generation, the end result is greater than the sum of its parts in terms of its ability to handle peak energy demand. That’s encouraging news for renewable energy. “Electric utilities are tasked with ensuring they can reliably meet consumer energy demands,” says study...

Watch: Deep learning predicts the future to make photos move

A new deep learning method can animate moving material, such as waterfalls, smoke, or clouds, from a single photo. Sometimes photos can’t truly capture a scene. How much more epic would that vacation photo of Niagara Falls be if the water were moving? The new method can do just that: Given a single photo of a waterfall, the system creates a video...

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