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Black, Hispanic and female police use force less often than white male officers

Black, Hispanic and female police use force less often than white...

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Black and Hispanic police officers tend to stop, arrest and use force against civilians less often than white officers do, and female officers of all races use less force than their male colleagues, a new case study of the Chicago Police Department suggests.  Information on the demographics and behavior of thousands of Chicago police officers…
‘Under a White Sky’ explores whether we must tinker with nature to save it

‘Under a White Sky’ explores whether we must tinker with nature...

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Under a White SkyElizabeth KolbertCrown, $28 In 1900, the city of Chicago completed a 45-kilometer-long canal that altered the hydrology of two-thirds of the United States. That wasn’t the intention, of course. The plan was to reverse the flow of the Chicago River to divert waste away from the city’s source of drinking water: Lake…
Top 10 science anniversaries to celebrate in 2021

Top 10 science anniversaries to celebrate in 2021

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Centuries from now, 2021 will be celebrated as an anniversary year most noted for getting rid of 2020. It will be less remembered as a year featuring a diverse roster of scientific anniversaries, ranging from the 1300th birthday of a prolific writer to the 25th birthday of a celebrity sheep. Nevertheless, before too much of…
Biden administration outlines its ambitious plan to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

Biden administration outlines its ambitious plan to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

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Inauguration Day marks both a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic and a new chapter in the U.S. response to it. On January 19, the United States surpassed 400,000 coronavirus deaths. A day later, newly sworn-in President Joe Biden was poised to launch an ambitious plan to tackle the public health crisis, including distributing 100…
Marie Tharp’s groundbreaking maps brought the seafloor to the world

Marie Tharp’s groundbreaking maps brought the seafloor to the world

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Walk the halls of an academic earth sciences department, and you’ll likely find displayed on a wall somewhere a strikingly beautiful map of the world’s ocean floors. Completed in 1977, the map represents the culmination of the unlikely, and underappreciated, career of Marie Tharp. Her three decades of work as a geologist and cartographer at…
‘The Light Ages’ illuminates the science of the so-called Dark Ages

‘The Light Ages’ illuminates the science of the so-called Dark Ages

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The Light AgesSeb FalkW.W. Norton & Co., $30 A long-standing myth about medieval history is that the Middle Ages were intellectually dark. Science supposedly took a hiatus between the demise of Rome and the rise of Copernican astronomy and Galileo’s physics, some superficial accounts suggest. “The medieval reality, however, is a Light Age of scientific…
How schools can reduce excessive discipline of Black students

How schools can reduce excessive discipline of Black students

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Anne Gregory remembers the child’s fondness for the Dewey decimal system. He would write down a combination of numbers and letters on a scrap of paper and hunt down the desired book in the library. Details were his thing. He once wrote several pages outlining the sequence of moves needed to beat a video game,…
2020’s science superlatives include the oldest, highest and grossest discoveries

2020’s science superlatives include the oldest, highest and grossest discoveries

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From the biggest merger of black holes to the world’s oldest string — fashioned by Neandertals, no less — discoveries in 2020 set new records that amazed and inspired. Highest-temperature superconductor After more than a century’s wait, scientists have found the first superconductor that works near room temperature. Superconducting up to about 15° Celsius (59°…
The science stories that defined 2020: coronavirus, diversity movements and more

The science stories that defined 2020: coronavirus, diversity movements and more

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To say that 2020 was challenging is an understatement. A world laid low by a pandemic. Racial inequities laid bare through social protests. Regions laid waste in the wake of extreme natural disasters. Yet science often rose to tackle these challenges. We started the year knowing next to nothing about the novel coronavirus. Huge questions…
These science claims from 2020 could be big news if confirmed

These science claims from 2020 could be big news if confirmed

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Discoveries about the cosmos and ancient life on Earth tantalized scientists and the public in 2020. But these big claims require more evidence before they can earn a spot in science textbooks. Cloudy with a chance of life The scorching hellscape next door may be a place to look for life. Telescopes trained on Venus’…

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