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Readers weigh in on the ‘USS Jellyfish,’ the new age of videocalling and more

Readers weigh in on the ‘USS Jellyfish,’ the new age of...

Explosive snowflakes Tiny uranium crystals in the cores of white dwarf stars could trigger nuclear reactions that blow the stars apart, Emily Conover reported in “Uranium ‘snowflakes’ might spark supernovas” (SN: 4/24/21, p. 5). Two main types, or isotopes, of uranium on Earth are uranium-238 and uranium-235. But only uranium-235 is fissile, or can sustain…
How test tube babies went mainstream

How test tube babies went mainstream

The notion that a baby’s beginnings could transpire in a petri dish seems unremarkable today. But not even 50 years ago, researchers’ efforts to devise technologies to allow infertile couples to have a baby sparked fierce opposition on multiple fronts, raising alarms around designer babies and eugenics. Scientists were afraid too. “Sincere scientists … really…

As California’s Pandemic Restrictions Drop, Drag And Queer Safe Havens Are...

Now that California has crossed its thresholds for dropping most COVID-19 restrictions, people are doing things they've been unable to for months. And, dude, they're stoked. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Many Californians are heading to restaurants and bars to celebrate the end of statewide pandemic restrictions. The state had some of the nation's most rigid health…

How test tube babies went mainstream

The notion that a baby’s beginnings could transpire in a petri dish seems unremarkable today. But not even 50 years ago, researchers’ efforts to devise technologies to allow infertile couples to have a baby sparked fierce opposition on multiple fronts, raising alarms around designer babies and eugenics. Scientists were afraid too. “Sincere scientists … really…

How to Use Jealousy to Your Advantage at Work

Photo: microstock3D (Shutterstock)It’s easy to compare yourself to other people—especially ones you’re around a lot, like your co-workers. And while no one sets out to be envious of a colleague, sometimes it just happens. But, the good news is that you can use that feeling to improve your own performance. Dr. Camille Johnson, an associate…

Chinese Fossils Belong To The Largest Land Mammal That Ever Lived

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The Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide To Kid Culture: Are You Buttering Your Popcorn Wrong?

The Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide To Kid Culture: Are You Buttering Your...

This week’s out-of-touch guide is a snapshot of a sleepy week in youth pop culture. Nothing too groundbreaking went on, just a great new show about an all-Muslim, all-female punk band, a debate over popcorn buttering, and an Xbox branded mini-fridge.This week in streaming: This is Lady PartsI don’t know if it’s a trend or…

Ask Ethan: Can Gravitational Waves Pass Through Black Holes?

When a gravitational wave passes through a location in space, it causes an expansion and a ... [+] compression at alternate times in alternate directions, causing laser arm-lengths to change in mutually perpendicular orientations. Exploiting this physical change is how we developed successful gravitational wave detectors such as LIGO and Virgo. ESA–C.Carreau When two things…

A number of recommended Nintendo Switch games are on sale today

Ars Technica Earlier this week, we highlighted an excellent deal on Nintendo Switch Online memberships. Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a range of discounts on Nintendo Switch games, including several titles we've recommended in the past. The deals are currently available at several retailers—including Amazon, Target, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, and Nintendo's own eShop—and primarily…

Architect Of The Affordable Care Act Reacts To Supreme Court Upholding...

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with an architect of the Affordable Care Act, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, about the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare once again. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Once again, the Affordable Care Act remains in place. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out the most recent challenge to the Affordable Care Act today, saying plaintiffs in the…

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