The Sound of a Foreign Word Caused Debate on US Campus

VOA Learning English • voa
yesterday ~9 min

education said

Short-lived Success Is a 'Flash in the Pan'

VOA Learning English • voa
yesterday ~3 min

words-and-their-stories flash

SLS: Nasa's 'megarocket' set to fire up engines in crucial test

The four main engines for Nasa's new "megarocket" are to be fired in unison for the first time.

yesterday ~7 min

nasa human-spaceflight boeing artemis

More health inequality: Black people are 3 times more likely to experience pulse oximeter errors

Low oxygen levels can be a sign that a patient is in danger. A device that measures oxygen levels has been shown to miss low oxygen levels in Black people much more often than in white people.

Susan Dorr Goold, Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan Medical School • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

health-disparities health-gaps

Why antihistamines don’t always ease chronic eczema itch

Many people with eczema also experience chronic itching that antihistamines don't help. A discovery of why may lead to new more effective treatments.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~6 min

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Wildfire smoke’s effects are getting worse

The far-reaching effects of wildfires and wildfire smoke are a growing problem, researchers say. Climate change is the "straw that broke the camel's back."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~11 min

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One termite lineage took over by switching diets

"Termites are mostly misunderstood," says entomologist Thomas Chouvenc. Tracing their evolution shows they do more than eat wood and destroy homes.

Lourdes Rodriguez-U. Florida • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

evolution insects termites science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Stereotypes may stifle some harassment claims

People in a new study deemed the sexual harassment claims of "prototypical" women more credible, which raises the question of who gets silenced.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

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Does 'deplatforming' work to curb hate speech and calls for violence? 3 experts in online communications weigh in

Banning extremists from social media platforms can reduce hate speech, but the deplatforming process has to be handled with care – and it can have unintended consequences.

Ugochukwu Etudo, Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management, University of Connecticut • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~10 min

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Genes highlight differences in wild and tame rabbits

New research sheds light on the gene differences in wild and domesticated rabbits, including genes related to tolerating humans.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~5 min

evolution genes domestication rabbits science-and-technology