What is Elon Musk's Starship?

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

Jan. 8, 2021 ~11 min

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Elon Musk's Starship prototype makes a big impact

The US entrepreneur's latest Starship rocket prototype impresses in flight, but crashes on landing.

Dec. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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Construction workers 5X as likely to be in hospital for COVID

A team of researchers predicted in April that COVID-19 would hospitalize construction workers. New findings show they were right.

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Brain-eating microbe: US city warned over water supply

People in Lake Jackson, Texas, are urged to take precautionary measures amid contamination concerns.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 27, 2020 ~2 min

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It's time for states that grew rich from oil, gas and coal to figure out what's next

The pandemic recession has reduced US energy demand, roiling budgets in states that are major fossil fuel producers. But politics and culture can impede efforts to look beyond oil, gas and coal.

Morgan Bazilian, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~10 min

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When hurricanes temporarily halt fishing, marine food webs recover quickly

Hurricane Harvey destroyed the fishing infrastructure of Aransas Bay and reduced fishing by 80% over the following year. This removed humans from the trophic cascade and whole food webs changed.

Joseph W. Reustle, SPIRE Postdoctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

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Making coronavirus testing easy, accurate and fast is critical to ending the pandemic – the US response is falling far short

Ideally everyone could get tested frequently for the coronavirus. No state is close to achieving this, but some are doing better than others. What are the challenges in meeting demand for testing?

Zoe McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~9 min

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21st century Texas climate will rival ‘megadroughts’

Thanks to climate change, Texas will soon face the driest conditions in 1,000 years, researchers report.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~6 min

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The US isn't in a second wave of coronavirus – the first wave never ended

The recent spike in new coronavirus cases in the US is not due to a second wave, but simply the virus moving into new populations or surging in places that opened up too soon.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~8 min

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