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can we prevent a pandemic by creating one in a lab?
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can we prevent a pandemic by creating one in a lab?

Controversial new research offers us a chance to create tools to fight pandemics before they start. But can it really live up to its hype? And is it safe?

can we really bring extinct species back to life? and is it a good idea?
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can we really bring extinct species back to life? and is it a good idea?

Bioengineering company Colossal wants to bring back the wooly mammoth and the thylacine. But could they actually do it? And most importantly, should they?

how governments are using babies’ genes to investigate their parents
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how governments are using babies’ genes to investigate their parents

Police are starting to use newborns’ blood samples in criminal investigations involving their parents, alarming privacy advocates and legal scholars.

laser coffee, coming soon to a café near you?
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laser coffee, coming soon to a café near you?

Scientists figured out how to make cold brew coffee in a matter of minutes with laser pulses.

where is planet nine hiding? and does it actually exist?
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where is planet nine hiding? and does it actually exist?

Yet another study promising to help us find a planet beyond the orbit of Pluto fails. So, where exactly is Planet Nine? And why haven’t we found it?

why inclusive language can be so much work, according to science
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why inclusive language can be so much work, according to science

When people go out of their way to avoid backlash, it taxes the mind. Now, researchers want to know how to make inclusivity easier on the brain.

yes, all these heat waves are actually very bad
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yes, all these heat waves are actually very bad

Don’t ignore the media attention to worldwide heatwaves. They’re a warning sign of why we can’t handle climate change.

how the war on experts helped the rise of authoritarian attitudes
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how the war on experts helped the rise of authoritarian attitudes

New studies can answer why support for authoritarianism is on the rise and more and people are becoming disillusioned with democracy.

global warming won’t kill us anymore. but it will make us suffer
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global warming won’t kill us anymore. but it will make us suffer

Humanity won’t collapse from climate change thanks to the steps we’ve already taken. But we will still be in serious trouble if we don’t do more.

why we need to talk more about geothermal energy
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why we need to talk more about geothermal energy

A new energy startup wants to use lasers to make geothermal energy more accessible across the world. We should be rooting for their success.

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