David Julius, one of the two recipients of the 2021 medicine Nobel Prize, used the active component in chile peppers to study how the brain senses heat.
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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 and biological breakthroughs.
Pope Francis has laid emphasis on protecting the environment, but he’s not the only pope to speak about caring for nature.
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Environmentalism may seem like a new mindset, especially in the Church. But care for creation has been woven into Catholicism for centuries.
Frances Arnold received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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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 STEM academia.
This ruling could change the course of future firearm rights litigation.
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At issue is the right to carry handguns in public, not just keep them at home.
Many catalysts currently used to make many drugs are expensive and can produce toxic byproducts.
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Dave MacMillon and Ben List both developed simple catalysts that make precise chemical reactions much faster and more efficient.
People pray for the victims of child sex abuse during a special service at a Catholic church outside Paris on Oct. 5, 2021. A new French report estimates that more than 200,000 children were abused by clergy since 1950.
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A French report on the scale of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy is the latest revelation in the crisis, but its roots go back decades – or more. Here are a few of our many related articles.
What if there were a social media blackout for teens during certain hours of the night?
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It’s tempting to think limits would cause teens to riot in the streets. But Facebook’s own research reveals that young people are well aware of social media’s downsides.
Whistleblower Frances Haugen called Facebook’s algorithm dangerous.
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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.
Scientists are still puzzling over the mystery of what makes us conscious.
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Some of North America’s groundwater is so old, it fell as rain before humans arrived here thousands of years ago.
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As surface water diminishes in the Western US, people are drilling deeper wells – and tapping into older groundwater that can take thousands of years to replenish naturally.
Perseverance took a selfie next to its biggest accomplishment yet – the two small drill holes where the rover took samples of Martian rocks.
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 Jezero Crater.
Teachers experienced more positive emotions interacting with their students when schools closed during the pandemic.
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Teachers’ fondness for working with students grew in the early stages of the pandemic, according to a new study that provides a unique before-and-after glimpse at what duties teachers enjoyed most.
Family members often take on the burden of preparing and delivering meals to their relatives.
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Some older patients forego the food provided at their health care facility because it isn’t aligned with their religious and cultural preferences.
How do you feel about Facebook?
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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 with healthier friends.
Having trusting relationships with people ahead of crises is key.
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The relationships that people form with others outside of their homes can translate into crucial help in a disaster. But what happens if they can’t build those ties because of social distancing?
Why the super-rich are targeting the Mount Rushmore state.
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A taxation expert explains why South Dakota has become a favorite state for the ultra-rich when it comes to squirreling away their wealth.
The first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston, July 18, 1776.
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In the summer of 1776, Boston offered smallpox inoculation to everyone and required those who declined to leave town or stay in their homes.
Corals are made of hundreds to thousands of tiny living polyps.
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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 climate change continues at this pace.
Nurses holding babies born to Ukrainian surrogate mothers in capital city, Kyiv.
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Surrogacy can be exploitative, but a theologian writes how it can also remind individuals that family is not just biological but also social and relational.
U.S. public school enrollment overall decreased by 3% in the fall of 2020, but kindergarten enrollment dropped 9%.
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Fewer students enrolled in public school and more were home-schooled during the 2020-21 school year. Researchers analyzed records in Michigan to understand what drove parents to make these decisions.