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The board game Endangered shows just how hard conservation can be

The board game Endangered shows just how hard conservation can be

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Saving endangered species isn’t easy. Doing so requires the cooperation of many people — from scientists and conservation organizations to governments and local residents — as well as a bit of luck. That’s as true in real life as it is in Endangered, a new board game from Grand Gamers Guild. Endangered is a cooperative…
Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Tesla,’ a quirky biopic about the iconic inventor

Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Tesla,’ a quirky biopic about the iconic...

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It is a David and Goliath story for the Industrial Age. Young, idealistic Nikola Tesla came to the United States in 1884 hoping that electricity mogul Thomas Edison would work with him on a new system for generating and distributing electricity. Tesla’s alternating current system promised to transmit electricity much greater distances than the reigning…
Interfaith soccer teams eased Muslim-Christian tensions — to a point

Interfaith soccer teams eased Muslim-Christian tensions — to a point

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Bringing rival groups together to reduce prejudices is not a new idea. But can positive contact help ethnic groups reconcile after extreme violence? A social scientist tested that idea in Iraq by putting Christians and Muslims on the same soccer teams. The resulting camaraderie among players did help bridge those communities — but only to…
A new Galileo biography draws parallels to today’s science denialism

A new Galileo biography draws parallels to today’s science denialism

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Galileo and the Science DeniersMario LivioSimon & Schuster, $28 In basketball, legends are often known by first name alone: LeBron, Kobe, Michael. Same with entertainers: Madonna, Cher, Beyoncé. But lists of scientific legends almost always include surnames, never just Isaac or Albert or Charles. Among the titans of modern scientific lore, only one is generally…
College biology textbooks still portray a world of white scientists

College biology textbooks still portray a world of white scientists

Charles Darwin. Carolus Linneaus. Gregor Mendel. They’re all men. They’re all white. And their names appear in every biology book included in a new analysis of college textbooks. According to the survey, mentions of white men still dominate biology textbooks despite growing recognition in other media of the scientific contributions of women and people of…
There’s little evidence showing which police reforms work

There’s little evidence showing which police reforms work

When criminologist Robin Engel suddenly found herself leading the effort to reform a police department under fire after a white police officer killed an unarmed Black man in July 2015, she looked for some kind of road map to follow. Instead, she found herself in poorly charted territory. A professor at the University of Cincinnati,…
All kinds of outbreaks, from COVID-19 to violence, share the same principles

All kinds of outbreaks, from COVID-19 to violence, share the same...

The Rules of ContagionAdam KucharskiBasic Books, $30 Epidemiologists like to say, “If you’ve seen one pandemic, you’ve seen … one pandemic.” But behind each outbreak lie core principles that help explain why the outbreak began, why it grew, why it peaked when it did and why it ended. In The Rules of Contagion, mathematician and epidemiologist Adam…
The U.S. largely wasted time bought by COVID-19 lockdowns. Now what?

The U.S. largely wasted time bought by COVID-19 lockdowns. Now what?

From March to May, much of the United States pressed pause. In the face of a new, highly transmissible coronavirus, widespread lockdowns and social distancing were the only tools available to prevent an overwhelming surge in infections and deaths that threatened to overwhelm healthcare systems. The strategy largely worked to keep most hospitals functioning. The…
Real-life scientists inspire these comic book superheroes

Real-life scientists inspire these comic book superheroes

Jaye Gardiner loves comic books, and she loves science. So sensing an opportunity, she decided to combine the two. In 2015, Gardiner and two other friends, Khoa Tran and Kelly Montgomery, founded an online publishing company called JKX Comics. At the time, the three were pursuing Ph.D.s in different fields at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.…
Biomedical studies are including more female subjects (finally)

Biomedical studies are including more female subjects (finally)

Biomedical science has historically been a male-dominated world — not just for the scientists, but also for their research subjects. Even most lab mice were male (SN: 6/18/19). But now, a new study shows that researchers are starting to include more females — from mice to humans — in their work. In 2019, 49 percent…

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