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A prestigious medical journal published a scathing editorial ahead of the election, slamming the Trump administration and other US leaders for their COVID-19 response

The New England Journal of Medicine published an unprecedented editorial slamming the Trump administration and other US leaders for their “failure” to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the medical journal who wrote the editorial, told CNN the publication “rarely” publishes editorials signed by all editors, […]
A prestigious medical journal published a scathing editorial ahead of the election, slamming the Trump administration and other US leaders for their COVID-19 response
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Scientific American backs Joe Biden, endorsing a presidential candidate for the first time in its 175-year history

Scientific American endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, marking the first time the renowned magazine has backed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. President Donald Trump’s history of denying and politicizing science prompted this decision, according to the publication’s editors. “The evidence and the science show that […]
Scientific American backs Joe Biden, endorsing a presidential candidate for the first time in its 175-year history
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North Carolina’s Backward Climate Legislation Could Hurt The Whole Country

[credit provider=”Scott Huler” url=”http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2013/03/18/the-reign-of-error-renewable-energy-edition/?WT.mc_id=SA_syn_BusInsider”] Greetings from North Carolina, where our legislature gets to more crazy in a week than yours does in an entire session. You’re probably sick of hearing about it, but Plugged In wants to keep you plugged in.OK, legislative dumbassery the first: the legislature would like to […]
North Carolina’s Backward Climate Legislation Could Hurt The Whole Country
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Oh Great, Bed Bugs Have Built Up A Genetic armour That Shields Them From Pesticides

[credit provider=”USDA” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/8532394624/”] One of humankind’s most intimate blood-sucking roommates, the bed bug, is notoriously resistant to the pesticides used against it. Now researchers have pinpointed the genes responsible for this resistance. The finding highlights how ineffective our current chemical arsenal has become, and could help researchers design pesticides better able to […]
Oh Great, Bed Bugs Have Built Up A Genetic armour That Shields Them From Pesticides
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Daylight Saving Time Is Horrible

[credit provider=”Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images”] Even cows don’t like Daylight Saving Time. Come Sunday morning, when the milking machines get attached to their udders a whole hour too early, the otherwise placid bovines on dairy farms around the United States will snort in surprise and dismay. They may give less milk […]
Daylight Saving Time Is Horrible
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One Of The Dirtiest Ways A Trader Can Win On Wall Street

[credit provider=”Stephen Chernin / Getty Images” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/in-this-camera-effect-image-traders-and-others-work-on-the-news-photo/1952230#”] Here is a guaranteed way to get paid well if you work on Wall Street. Find a best friend at a competing bank or hedge fund and take opposite sides of the same large bet.In one year’s time one of you will have […]
One Of The Dirtiest Ways A Trader Can Win On Wall Street
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The French Are Turning Down Their Night Lights

The French are taking a stand against light pollution. Starting this summer, most non-residential buildings in the country will have to shut off their lights at night in order to “reduce the print of artificial lighting on the nocturnal environment.”
The French Are Turning Down Their Night Lights
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Here’s How To Create A Climate Resilient New York City

[credit provider=”NYTimes webcam” url=”http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/nyt-webcam.html?smid=tw-share”] Humans have adapted to a changing climate for as long as we have been around.The rub is that now, humans have settled in with large cities, economies, transportation networks, and an agricultural system dependent on a snapshot of the climate in time.
Here’s How To Create A Climate Resilient New York City
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How Evolution Led Us To Be Nearsighted, Lactose Intolerant And Allergic

[credit provider=”Flickr via proimos” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/proimos/7015509987/in/photostream/”] Evolution has revolutionised our modern scientific understanding of natural history and how our bodies came to be.Yet evolutionary insights regarding health and disease are not typically emphasised with patients.
How Evolution Led Us To Be Nearsighted, Lactose Intolerant And Allergic
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Dung Beetles Have Their Feet On Poop But Their Eyes On The Stars

[credit provider=”Flickr/ Robin Lerner” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/roblerner/252453129/”] The humble dung beetle makes its living rolling big balls of excrement to feed its offspring and itself.But this lowly occupation doesn’t mean the insect doesn’t have its eye on the skies—even when the sun goes down.
Dung Beetles Have Their Feet On Poop But Their Eyes On The Stars
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Dogs Became Man’s Best Friend By Developing A Taste For Starch

[credit provider=”Bea Makes Three” url=”http://beamakesthree.com/2012/09/20/united-airlines-killed-our-golden-retriever-bea/”] They work with us, play with us and comfort us when we’re down.Archaeological evidence indicates that dogs have had a close bond with humans for millennia.
Dogs Became Man’s Best Friend By Developing A Taste For Starch
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Male Scientists Are More Likely To Commit Fraud Than Females

[credit provider=”Shutterstock.com”] A few weeks back I blogged about a paper by Arturo Casadevall, Ferric Fang and others from the University of Washington and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine that investigated retractions in scientific publications and concluded that the majority of retractions could be traced to misconduct, with the majority […]
Male Scientists Are More Likely To Commit Fraud Than Females
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Tar Sand Mining And The Keystone XL Pipeline Have A Huge Impact On Future Climate Change Predictions

[credit provider=”Louis Helbig/Beautiful Destruction” url=”http://www.beautifuldestruction.ca/”] James Hansen has been publicly speaking about climate change since 1988.The NASA climatologist testified to Congress that year and he’s been testifying ever since to crowds large and small, most recently to a small gathering of religious leaders outside the White House last week.
Tar Sand Mining And The Keystone XL Pipeline Have A Huge Impact On Future Climate Change Predictions
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5 Famous Scientists Who Started Their Work As Teens

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Einstein_1921_portrait2.jpg”] Not all of history’s most significant scientists were college graduates when they began their works. In fact, history is full of scientists who have shaped the world due to their work as teenagers.If they were disregarded simply because of their age, many things we take for […]
5 Famous Scientists Who Started Their Work As Teens