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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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’…
What will life be like after the coronavirus pandemic ends?

What will life be like after the coronavirus pandemic ends?

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As 2020 blessedly clangs to a close, it’s tempting to wonder where we’re headed once the pandemic is history. In the spirit of year-end curiosity about COVID-19’s possible long-term effects, Science News posed this question to a few scholars: What major social changes do you see coming after the pandemic? As baseball’s Yogi Berra once…
From Elvis worms to the Milky Way’s edge, these science stories sparked joy in 2020

From Elvis worms to the Milky Way’s edge, these science stories...

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Everyone needed a respite from 2020, and tales of discovery provided a happy distraction from the worries of the day. Here are a few reminders that we still live in a world full of wonders. Flowers at the South Pole Antarctica was once home to a diverse rainforest. The unearthing of traces of vegetation in…
Meet 5 Black researchers fighting for diversity and equity in science

Meet 5 Black researchers fighting for diversity and equity in science

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As the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum this year, Black scientists jumped in to call for inclusivity at school and work. Within days of the news that a Black bird watcher, Christian Cooper, had been harassed in New York City’s Central Park, the social media campaign #BlackBirdersWeek was launched (SN Online: 6/4/20), followed closely…
These 6 graphs show that Black scientists are underrepresented at every level

These 6 graphs show that Black scientists are underrepresented at every...

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Nationwide protests in response to the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed Black men and women in the first part of 2020 inspired calls to action within academia’s ivory tower. Social media movements such as #BlackInSTEM brought attention to discrimination faced by Black students and professionals throughout the science, technology, engineering…
Our favorite books of 2020 covered climate change, Mars, the end of the universe and more

Our favorite books of 2020 covered climate change, Mars, the end...

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A good read became a cherished distraction this year as many of us stayed home more than ever during the pandemic. Biographies of scientific legends and lesser-known luminaries, tales of amazing animals and stories of exploration captivated Science News staff. Find in-depth reviews of our favorite books here. Galileo and the Science DeniersMario LivioSimon &…
This COVID-19 pandemic timeline shows how fast the coronavirus took over our lives

This COVID-19 pandemic timeline shows how fast the coronavirus took over...

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Few people noticed on New Year’s Eve last year when China reported a mystery illness to the World Health Organization. But soon, the never-before-seen coronavirus responsible for the disease was infiltrating the rest of the world. As we prepare to enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Science News looks back on how the…
Hear from people taking action against COVID-19

Hear from people taking action against COVID-19

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As the coronavirus pandemic picked up speed this year, some people’s jobs became a nonstop race to help save lives. Here, an emergency medicine doctor, vaccine trial volunteer, protective equipment manufacturer, public health director and others share what 2020 was like for them.  The following interviews have been edited for length and clarity. Yvette CalderonMount…
A COVID-19 time capsule captures pandemic moments for future researchers

A COVID-19 time capsule captures pandemic moments for future researchers

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Imagine if, at the height of the 1918 flu pandemic, researchers studying how society was changing had captured the moment in a time capsule. What information might social scientists today have gleaned from such an effort? How might that repository inform the global response to the current pandemic? Theoretically such an artifact could be buried…
These are science’s Top 10 erroneous results

These are science’s Top 10 erroneous results

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To err is human, which is really not a very good excuse. And to err as a scientist is worse, of course, because depending on science is supposed to be the best way for people to make sure they’re right. But since scientists are human (most of them, anyway), even science is never free from…

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