What is Elon Musk's Starship?

Elon Musk's company SpaceX is building a vehicle that could transform space travel.

bbcnews
Jan. 8, 2021 ~11 min

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Facebook posts amplify false HPV vaccine risks

Nearly 40% of Facebook posts about the HPV vaccine researchers examined boosted perceived risks. And the data suggests these posts had momentum over time.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 7, 2021 ~5 min

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Happy the elephant was denied rights designed for humans – but the legal definition of 'person' is still evolving

Happy has lived alone in captivity for 14 years, but the New York Supreme Court recently denied a legal effort to rehome her.

Joshua Jowitt, Lecturer in Law, Newcastle University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2021 ~7 min

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How does your brain wake up from sleep?

The mystery of how the brain creates consciousness still puzzles scientists, but the mechanics of waking up are starting to be understood.

Aneesh Hehr, Medical Student, Wayne State University • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~6 min

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Seat belts and smoking rates show people eventually adopt healthy behaviors – but it can take time we don't have during a pandemic

Public health recommendations have always been a hard sell. Resistance to new behaviors – like the mask-wearing and social distancing advised during the COVID-19 pandemic – is part of human nature.

Randy P. Juhl, Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Dec. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Top MIT research stories of 2020

The year’s popular research stories include astronomical firsts, scientific breakthroughs, and engineering milestones addressing Covid-19 and other global problems.

MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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SLS: Crucial test for Nasa's 'mega-rocket'

Part of a giant rocket that will send humans back to the Moon has undergone a critical test.

bbcnews
Dec. 21, 2020 ~6 min

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Thousands of ocean fishing boats could be using forced labor – we used AI and satellite data to find them

Forced labor is a widespread problem in fisheries on the high seas. Between 2012 and 2018, an estimated 100,000 people may have been victims of forced labor on thousands of different boats.

Gavin McDonald, Senior Project Researcher, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Not so fast: why India’s plan to reintroduce cheetahs may run into problems

India's last cheetah was killed 70 years ago. Should the country import a different subspecies from Namibia?

Simon Evans, Principal Lecturer in Ecotourism, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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