Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.
Nov. 18, 2020 • ~5 min
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A study of 800 Black American families shows early experiences of racism have long-term consequences for physical and mental health.
Nov. 17, 2020 • ~5 min
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When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.
Nov. 12, 2020 • ~6 min
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How much weight would you put on a scientist's expertise versus the opinion of a random stranger? People on either end of the political spectrum decide differently what seems true.
Nov. 9, 2020 • ~6 min
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A survey suggests that most Americans feel that discussions about charitable support may interfere with the relationship between doctors and their patients.
Nov. 2, 2020 • ~4 min
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The Earth is losing plants and animals at rates not seen in millions of years. Ecologists explain how protecting habitat on working lands – farms, forests and ranches – can help conserve species.
Oct. 29, 2020 • ~6 min
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Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren't attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.
Oct. 29, 2020 • ~5 min
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An optical sensor that can detect individual molecules promises early detection of diseases and environmental contamination.
Oct. 22, 2020 • ~5 min
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Artificial brains are far in the future, but computer chips that work like brains could keep computers advancing when today's silicon transistor chips reach their limit.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~5 min
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The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.
Sept. 28, 2020 • ~4 min
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