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NASA’s Pluto Spacecraft Begins New Mission at the Solar System’s

Only two spacecraft have ever left our solar system and lived to tell the tale. In 2012 and 2019, NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft respectively broke through the heliopause, the boundary at which our sun’s sphere of influence...

COVID Vaccines Can Temporarily Affect Menstruation, and Studying That Matters

For as long as there have been vaccines, there has been vaccine misinformation—and surprisingly often it has focused on fertility. The COVID vaccines have been no exception. False claims that vaccination provokes the immune system to attack the placenta...

E-Waste Could Become a ‘Gold Mine’ for Rare-Earth Elements

Your smartphone begins life neatly packed into a well-designed box. Chances are it will end its days in a more ignominious manner. Assuming it doesn’t end up rattling around in a junk drawer, it will most...

How Water Cycles Can Help Prevent Disastrous Floods and Drought

In just a few months this year, abnormally low water levels in rivers led China to shut down factories, and floods inundated one-third of Pakistan, killing around 1,500 people and grinding the country to a halt. A dried-up Rhine...

Gliding sensors inspired by floating seeds will biodegrade after use

A biodegradable glider based on the seeds of the Javan cucumber, which float for long distances, could be used to monitor the environment without leaving polluting e-waste ...

The Opioid Epidemic Is Surging among Black People because of

In one way or another, Thomas Gooch has spent more than 30 years struggling with illegal drugs. The 52-year-old Nashville, Tenn., native grew up in extreme poverty. He was first incarcerated in 1988 and spent the next 15 years...

Rare, ‘rule-breaking’ quasicrystal found in chunk of ‘fossilized’ lightning

A tube of "fossilized lightning" from Nebraska's Sandhills holds a rare type of quasicrystal that had previously only been found in meteorites and at atomic bomb test sites. Quasicrystals are materials that break the traditional rules of crystallography. Before they...

Rusty Batteries Could Greatly Improve Grid Energy Storage

A U.S. company is designing a large battery that it says could help decarbonize the nation’s power sector more cheaply than lithium-ion storage systems—and with domestic materials. The concept, known as the “iron-air battery,” has impressed...

How to Help People with Memory Loss Enjoy the Holidays

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Many people love the holidays because they are a time to make happy memories with loved ones. ...

The 60-Second Podcast Takes a Short Break—But Wait, There’s More

Jeffery DelViscio: Hello 60-Second Science fans, this is Jeff DelViscio, the executive producer of the podcast. First, I really just want to thank you all for being loyal listeners–for however long you've been listening.  And just in...
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