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None of the 2021 science Nobel laureates are women – here's why men still dominate STEM award winning

Science fields are improving at being more inclusive. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of...

Perseverance’s first major successes on Mars – an update from mission scientists

Perseverance and its helicopter sidekick, Ingenuity, have been on Mars for nearly nine months. The duo have taken rock samples, performed first flights and taken images of the delta in...

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified that the company's algorithms are dangerous – here's how they can manipulate you

You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media, your cognitive biases can lead you astray, something organized disinformation campaigns count on.

What's on the menu matters in health care for diverse patients

Some older patients forego the food provided at their health care facility because it isn’t aligned with their religious and cultural preferences.

What is chaos? A complex systems scientist explains

Part of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for work modeling Earth’s climate using its chaotic, complex weather. To scientists, chaos lies in the gray zone between randomness...

My Ph.D. supervisor just won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for designing a safer, cheaper and faster way to build molecules and make medicine

Dave MacMillon and Ben List both developed simple catalysts that make precise chemical reactions much faster and more efficient.

A major federal response to occupational extreme heat is here at last

Excessive heat puts your body at risk for organ damage. When workers don’t have a chance to cool off at home between shifts, that harm can accumulate.

Facebook's scandals and outage test users' frenemy relationship

Facebook users no longer see the site as a confidant. They’re struggling with how to deal with a messy codependence – and whether to just break up and move on...

Winners of 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics built mathematics of climate modeling, making predictions of global warming and modern weather forecasting possible

Modern climate and weather models can predict what the weather will be next week and what the climate may be in 100 years. They would not exist without Syukuro Manabe,...

The 2021 Nobel Prize for medicine helps unravel mysteries about how the body senses temperature and pressure

The joint award recognizes the long road to deciphering the biology behind the brain’s ability to sense its surroundings – work that paves the way for a number of medical...

What's in the Pandora Papers? And why does South Dakota feature so heavily?

A taxation expert explains why South Dakota has become a favorite state for the ultra-rich when it comes to squirreling away their wealth.

Coral reef scientists raise alarm as climate change decimates ocean ecosystems vital to fish and humans

During a 2015 heat wave, scientists watched as a coral reef died before their eyes. By the end of the century, almost all the world’s corals will be gone if...

How Theranos' faulty blood tests got to market – and what that shows about gaps in FDA regulation

The FDA has chosen not to regulate lab-developed tests like the ones at the center of the Theranos trial.

Police killings of civilians in the US have been undercounted by more than half in official statistics

Research found that police officers killed more than 30,000 people from 1980 to 2018 – 17,000 more than official federal data suggests.