JOURNALISM HIGHLIGHTS

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Blah Blah Blah: The Lack of Small Talk Is Breaking Our Brains

Chit-chat is often dismissed as mindless and boring. But its absence over the past year is affecting you more than you think

The Walrus

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The Colorful, Costly World of Custom Keyboard Enthusiasts

Hobbyists spend hours building their own personalized rigs, while others drop thousands of dollars on a bespoke board. The hype is only getting bigger.


WIRED

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Indigenous harvest rights still under attack in the upper Great Lakes

Tribal leaders say racism and harassment persist as members exercise treaty rights

Environmental Health News

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THERE IS A “MASSIVE POWER STATION” LURKING UNDER THE OCEAN

Energy from deep-sea volcanoes could power the continental U.S.

Inverse

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Unplugged: Abandoned oil and gas wells leave the ocean floor spewing methane

The Gulf of Mexico is littered with tens of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells, and toothless regulation leaves climate warming gas emissions unchecked

Environmental Health News

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FORECAST OR REMEMBER: THE BRAIN MUST CHOOSE ONE

Trying to predict a situation impedes memory formation

Scientific American

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THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT: CAN SCIENCE EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HIKERS?

Nine Russian hikers died mysteriously in the mountains more than 60 years ago. New research suggests that an avalanche may have sealed their fate

Discover Magazine

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FISH FARMING HAS A PLASTIC PROBLEM

Microplastics in fishmeal are contaminating farmed fish—impacting their health, the nutrition they provide, and leaving consumers potentially exposed

Environmental Health News

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CLIMATE CHANGE WILL CONTINUE TO WIDEN GAPS IN FOOD SECURITY, NEW STUDY FINDS 

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate

Environmental Health News

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CITIZENS OF MAURITIUS ARE CLEANING UP A MAJOR OIL SPILL THEMSELVES

Authorities have been slow to act, and locals are picking up the slack

Popular Science

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CLEAR MASKS HELP THE HARD OF HEARING, BUT THEY COULD BENEFIT EVERYBODY

As mask wearing becomes the new norm, people who rely on facial expressions and lip reading risk further isolation

Popular Science

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THESE ULTRA-BLACK FISH CAMOUFLAGE WITH THE DARKNESS OF THE DEEP SEA

They can almost vanish—escaping predators and sneaking up on prey

Popular Science

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SOLVING THE MEDICAL MYSTERY OF THE BRAIN THAT SEES NUMBERS AS SPAGHETTI

The condition could help us better understand perception

Popular Science

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MEET THE YOUNG DOCTOR LEADING NEPAL'S
COVID-19 TESTING PROGRAM

A 31-year-old Nepali infectious disease specialist is playing a key role in the country’s efforts to contain COVID-19

Medscape

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TRANS PEOPLE'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IS IMPERILED, BUT A RECENT SUPREME COURT CASE MIGHT HELP

Many trans and non-binary people still live in states that ban gender-affirming treatment

Popular Science

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TEAR GAS DURING COVID-19 IS A PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER

Case studies on the crowd-control weapon show just how dangerous it can be for the lungs

Popular Science

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THESE ANIMALS BUILD PALACES OUT OF THEIR OWN SNOT

Using lasers, scientists digitally reconstructed these delicate, squishy houses

Popular Science

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GO MEATLESS FOR THE PANDEMIC, AND AFTER IT

COVID-19 puts a huge strain on meat production, but it’s also an opportunity to reform the system

Scienceline

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RADAR-EQUIPPED SEABIRDS WON'T STOP ILLEGAL FISHING

Thwarting illegal fishing boats in the open ocean will take more than technology alone

Scienceline

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TETRIS FIEDS REVEAL HOW TO MAKE BETTER SPLIT-SECOND DECISIONS

Neuroscientists explore the nature of expertise by studying players of the classic game, and the sky’s the limit

Scienceline  

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THE “BLACKEST BLACK” – FOR SCIENCE AND ART

A record-breaking engineered material leaves no room for vanity

Scienceline