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Geology Students Did Fieldwork During Covid—With Video Games

With travel and real-life fieldwork shut down, a couple of enterprising professors started with simulations of Italy and Scotland, then took to the stars.

New Mask Guidance, Shots for Teens, and More Coronavirus News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

A New Brain Implant Translates Thoughts of Writing Into Text

In early experiments, a paralyzed man with implants in his premotor cortex typed 90 characters per minute—by envisioning he was writing by hand.

Could You Really Climb the Spinning Ship’s Cable in Stowaway?

Anna Kendrick’s rotating spacecraft cleverly uses cables and a counterweight to make artificial gravity. But scaling them would be harder than it looks

The Yankees Covid Outbreak May Be Bad News for Ditching Masks

The spate of cases is a bad bounce—and it might show that lifting mask mandates for the vaxxed won’t be a grand slam.

Firefly Tourism Can Put Insects in Peril

A new study shines light on how bug spray, flashlights, and foot traffic can spell disaster for the fragile creatures behind brilliant synchronous displays.

The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill

All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.

Watch a Snake Robot Go for a Swim

The Hardened Underwater Modular Robot Snake has thrusters for muscles and a camera for a face. Your move, evolution.

Awesome, Hypnotic Photos of Swirling, Crystal Chemistry

A new book goes micro to show the wonderful world of close-up chemical reactions.

This Is Your Brain Under Anesthesia

For the first time, researchers were able to observe, in extra-fine detail, how neurons behave as consciousness shuts down.

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