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News and updates from the science team. Topics include genetics, infectious disease, psychology, and more.

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America’s first moon landing in 50 years, explained

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Living in an abortion ban state is bad for mental health

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A war has never been fought in orbit. That may be about to change.

Scientists strapped cameras to a bunch of polar bears. The footage is breathtaking — and alarming.

We have treatments for opioid addiction that work. So why is the problem getting worse?

Beware: A cheese crisis looms

2023 was the hottest year on record. It also pushed the world over a dangerous line.

How California’s torrential, life-threatening storms got so bad

The sun’s poles are about to flip. It’s awesome — and slightly terrifying.

The US uses endangered monkeys to test drugs. This law could free them.

Is this a newborn great white shark? Big if true.

Psychedelics are outperforming trauma researchers’ expectations. But why?

Where billions of cicadas will emerge this spring (and over the next decade), in one map

10 ocean mysteries scientists haven’t solved yet

Astronomers spotted something perplexing near the beginning of time

America is retreating from global health leadership at the worst possible time

Maybe, just maybe, psychedelics are the “master key” for unlocking everything from blindness to stroke to anorexia

Alcohol overuse causes 140,000 American deaths annually. Why is it so undertreated?

10 actually good things that happened in 2023

Feeling a strange sadness over losing snow? That might be solastalgia.

The greenwashing of wool, explained

How mindfulness went mainstream

Big Meat just can’t quit antibiotics

A new approach to measuring what’s going on in our minds

The weird, bad history of tampon testing

Bird flu is surging again on poultry farms. The US is normalizing the cruelest mass killing method to stop it.

An oil executive is leading the UN climate summit. It’s going as well as you’d expect.

Our love of orcas is making them miserable

Why psychedelics produce some of the most meaningful experiences in people’s lives

US life expectancy no longer catastrophic, now merely bad

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Christopher Fuchs is revolutionizing how we understand our quantum reality

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Gul Dolen wants to harness psychedelics for healing

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David Kaplan is building an academic community for the future of meat

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Heidi Williams is steering the science of innovation toward progress

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Kristie Sullivan is quietly, and effectively, fighting animal testing

Mud libraries hold the story of the Earth’s climate past — and foretell its future


How bats carry deadly diseases without dying

What our brain chemistry says about free will


Something weird happens when you keep squeezing

How to catch a scientific fraud

I’m getting malaria to help eradicate it (and you can too)

The mental health crisis among doctors is a problem for patients

These strange underwater animals could save our lives. If we don’t destroy them first.

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