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 2020-06-01 12:47 

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Native American tribes' pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities...

Johnnie Henry, president of the Navajo Nation's Church Rock chapter house community center, hauls drinking water to neighbors in Gallup, N.M., May 7, 2020. AP Photo/Morgan Lee The SARS-CoV-2 virus is novel, but pandemic threats to indigenous peoples a...

 2020-06-01 12:18 

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Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections an infectious disease expert explains the prospects...

Antibodies (pink) attacking a virus particle (blue). STEVEN MCDOWELL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Antibodies are part of us literally. We have billions of them in our bodies with a combined weight of about 100 grams, or about the weight of a bar of soap. If ther...

 2020-06-01 12:17 

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Clear masks for caregivers mean young children can keep learning from adults' faces...

Babies love to look at faces for good reason. monzenmachi/E+ via Getty Images As daycare centers and pre-kindergartens begin to reopen around the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks be worn by teachers, care workers and c...

 2020-06-01 12:17 

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How a new biotech rule will foster distrust with the public and impede progress in science...

Does CRISPR really make it easier for all scientists to produce gene edited crops and animals? Maywa Montenegro , CC BY-SA In May, federal regulators finalized a new biotechnology policy that will bring sweeping changes to the U.S. food system. Dubbed ...

 2020-06-01 12:16 

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What makes something smell good or bad?...

Cookies taste so good. Smell tells us that before we even take a bite. How? Jennifer Pallian/Unsplash Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.co...

 2020-06-01 12:16 

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Robo-umps are coming to Major League Baseball, and the game will never be the same...

Will robo-umps make the game of baseball better or worse? AP Photo/Julio Cortez The Houston Astros' use of cameras to steal signs and conceivably cheat to win the World Series has driven many recent conversations about the place and meaning of technol...

 2020-06-01 02:22 

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What Australian birds can teach us about choosing a partner and making it last...

Gisela Kaplan Love, sex and mate choice are topics that never go out of fashion among humans or, surprisingly, among some Australian birds. For these species, choosing the right partner is a driver of evolution and affects the survival and success of a bi...

 2020-05-31 20:01 

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Police officers accused of brutal violence often have a history of complaints by citizens...

Police work to keep demonstrators back during a protest in Lafayette Square Park on May 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images As protests against police violence and racism continue in cities throughout the U.S., the public is learning...

 2020-05-31 19:51 

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Turn off the porch light: 6 easy ways to stop light pollution from harming our wildlife...

Shutterstock As winter approaches, marine turtle nesting in the far north of Australia will peak . When these baby turtles hatch at night, they crawl from the sand to the sea, using the relative brightness of the horizon and the natural slope of the beach...

 2020-05-31 19:50 

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Forget 'murder hornets', European wasps in Australia decapitate flies and bully dingoes...

nutmeg66/flickr , CC BY-NC The impacts of invasive mammals such as feral horses and feral cats have featured prominently in the media over the years. But the recent discovery of the infamous " murder hornet " (or giant Asian hornet Vespa mandarini...

 2020-05-29 19:04 

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Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public's view of protest...

Protesters outside of a burning Minneapolis police precinct AP Photo/John Minchillo A teenager held her phone steady enough to capture the final moments of George Perry Floyd's life as he apparently suffocated under the weight of a Minneapolis police ...

 2020-05-29 12:30 

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With the coronavirus, where government stumbles, litigation will step in...

Workers leave Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant on May 20, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has issued a demand: Any further coronavirus aid legislation must protect businesses from coronavirus...

 2020-05-29 12:29 

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Antigen tests for COVID-19 are fast and easy and could solve the coronavirus testing problem despite being somewhat inaccurate...

Antibodies are incredibly good at finding the coronavirus. Antigen tests put them to work. Sergii Iaremenko/Science Photo Library via Getty Images In late February, I fell ill with a fever and a cough. As a biochemist who teaches a class on viruses , I...

 2020-05-29 12:27 

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Ahmaud Arbery's killing puts a spotlight on the blurred blue line of citizen's arrest laws...

Gregory and Travis McMichael who killed Ahmaud Arbery during an attempted citizen's arrest. Glynn County Detention Center via AP The killing of an unarmed black jogger by white residents who assumed he was up to no good is shocking, but it should come...

 2020-05-29 12:26 

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Shuttered Canada-US border highlights different approaches to the pandemic and differences between the 2 countries...

U.S. Customs officers stand beside a sign at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. Lars Hagberg / AFP via Getty Images The United States and Canada have long enjoyed a stable relationship. The countries share history, the longest ...

 2020-05-29 12:24 

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Mexico's other epidemic: Murdered women...

Women protest chronically high rates of femicide the killing of women in Mexico City in November 2019. Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images Domestic violence has spiked in Mexico during its coronavirus-related lockdown. According to a national network of wome...

 2020-05-29 12:24 

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When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature...

Maine's Penobscot River flows freely where the Veazie Dam once stood. Dam removals have reopened the river to 12 native fish species. Gregory Rec/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images Across the United States, dams generate hydroelectric pow...

 2020-05-29 08:24 

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Trump's Twitter tantrum may wreck the internet...

US President Donald Trump, who tweeted more than 11,000 times in the first two years of his presidency, is very upset with Twitter. Earlier this week Trump tweeted complaints about mail-in ballots, alleging voter fraud a familiar Trump falsehood . Twitter...

 2020-05-29 06:15 

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Really Australia, it's not that hard: 10 reasons why renewable energy is the future...

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Australia's latest greenhouse gas figures released today show national emissions fell slightly last year. This was by no means an economy-wide effort solar and wind energy did most of the heavy lifting. Emissions fell 0.9% last ...

 2020-05-29 03:55 

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The coronavirus pandemic is boosting the big tech transformation to warp speed...

The coronavirus pandemic has sped up changes that were already happening across society, from remote learning and work to e-health , supply chains and logistics , policing , welfare and beyond. Big tech companies have not hesitated to make the most of the...

 2020-05-28 20:02 

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The coronavirus has thrust human limitations into the spotlight. Will it mark the rise of automation?...

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive surge in global unemployment . It has also highlighted the increasingly valuable role of automation in today's world. Although there are some jobs machines just can't do , COVID-19 has left us wonderin...

 2020-05-28 20:01 

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A fire extinguisher, a suit and 14 million plastic particles: after a storm, microplastic pollution surged in the Cooks River...

A litter trap in Cook's River. James HItchcock , Author provided Each year the ocean is inundated with 4.8 to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic washed in from land. A big proportion of this plastic is between 0.001 to 5 millimetres, and called "micro...

 2020-05-28 20:01 

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After a storm, microplastics in Sydney's Cooks River increased 40 fold...

A litter trap in Cook's River. James HItchcock , Author provided Each year the ocean is inundated with 4.8 to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic washed in from land. A big proportion of this plastic is between 0.001 to 5 millimetres, and called "micro...

 2020-05-28 19:14 

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Why cellphone videos of black people's deaths should be considered sacred, like lynching photographs...

Ahmaud Arbery's best friend, right, and his sister speak at a memorial event for Arbery on May 9, 2020. Sean Rayford/Getty Images As Ahmaud Arbery fell to the ground, the sound of the gunshot that took his life echoed loudly throughout his Georgia nei...

 2020-05-28 17:33 

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Why Americans are tiring of social distancing and hand-washing two behavioral scientists explain...

Some habits are hard to keep up. David Brewster/Star Tribune via Getty Images) States are beginning to open up their economies after successfully slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Much of the credit for that goes to Americans dutifully following pres...

 2020-05-28 17:33 

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Why Americans are tiring of social distancing and hand-washing 2 behavioral scientists explain...

Some habits are hard to keep up. David Brewster/Star Tribune via Getty Images) States are beginning to open up their economies after successfully slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Much of the credit for that goes to Americans dutifully following pres...

 2020-05-28 12:17 

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President rages as Twitter labels White House disinformation...

A user looks at President Donald Trump's tweets, and the Twitter-appended notice suggesting users 'get the facts.' AFP via Getty Images In a landmark action, Twitter has for the first time attached independent fact-checking information directl...

 2020-05-28 12:16 

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Why do people commit suicide? Mental illness isn't the only cause social factors like loneliness, financial ruin and shame can be triggers...

Suicide is on the rise for multiple reasons. carolynabooth/Pixabay , CC BY The U.S. suicide rate has been increasing for decades. In 1999, the rate was about 10 suicides per 100,000 people. In 2017, the most recent year for which complete statistics are a...

 2020-05-28 12:16 

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Archiving the pandemic: 'Coronavirus Lost and Found' documents how we cope with catastrophe...

The pandemic has left holes in all our lives. weerapatkiatdumrong/iStock / Getty Images Plus There is so much to mourn at the moment. Even those of us spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic are missing things: favorite pastimes, places and people. A...

 2020-05-28 12:15 

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Gold rush, mercury legacy: Small-scale mining for gold has produced long-lasting toxic pollution, from 1860s California to modern Peru...

Artisanal small-scale gold mining polluted this stream and deforested sections of the Madre de Dios area of Peru. Mario Tama/Getty Images Gold is everywhere in modern life, from jewelry to electronics to smartphones. The global electronics industry alone ...

 2020-05-28 12:13 

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What would it feel like to touch a cloud?...

They may look comfy to sit on but you'd plummet through and hit the ground. Sam Schooler/Unsplash , CC BY Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconvers...

 2020-05-28 06:03 

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New Zealand government ignores expert advice in its plan to improve water quality in rivers and lakes...

Tracey McNamara/Shutterstock New Zealand's government has been praised for listening to health experts in its pandemic response, but when it comes to dealing with pollution of the country's waterways, scientific advice seems less important. Today,...

 2020-05-28 03:29 

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Don't be phish food! Tips to avoid sharing your personal information online...

Shutterstock Data is the new oil , and online platforms will siphon it off at any opportunity. Platforms increasingly demand our personal information in exchange for a service. Avoiding online services altogether can limit your participation in society, s...

 2020-05-27 20:09 

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Australia, you have unfinished business. It's time to let our 'fire people' care for this land...

Rangers from Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, conducting cool season burning on Martu Country. Tony Jupp,The Nature Conservancy Since last summer's bushfire crisis, there's been a quantum shift in public awareness of Aboriginal fire management. It's now ...

 2020-05-27 19:09 

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New Zealand sits on top of the remains of a giant ancient volcanic plume...

Ewing Author provided Back in the 1970s, scientists came up with a revolutionary idea about how Earth's deep interior works. They proposed it is slowly churning like a lava lamp, with buoyant blobs rising as plumes of hot mantle rock from near Earth&#...

 2020-05-27 19:02 

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How Europe's CHEOPS satellite will improve the hunt for exoplanets...

Artist's impression of CHEOPS in orbit above Earth. In this view the satellite's telescope cover is closed. ESA / ATG medialab While the planet has been on lockdown the last two months, a new space telescope called CHEOPS opened its eyes, took its...

 2020-05-27 15:16 

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Half the matter in the universe was missing we found it hiding in the cosmos...

Diligence, technological progress and a little luck have together solved a 20 year mystery of the cosmos. CSIRO/Alex Cherney , CC BY-ND In the late 1990s, cosmologist made a prediction about much ordinary matter there should be in the universe. About 5%, ...

 2020-05-27 12:23 

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More people are dying in American prisons here's how they face the end of their lives...

An inmate inside the nursing unit at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Annie Flanagan for The Washington Post via Getty Images Outbreaks of coronavirus have hit prison populations particularly hard but for many inmates in the U.S., illness and the prospect of...

 2020-05-27 12:22 

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Poor and black 'invisible cyclists' need to be part of post-pandemic transport planning too...

A cyclist uses New York's bike-share program. Noam Galai/Getty Images As states and workplaces prepare to open up after the lockdown, many people are looking for alternatives to public transit to get to work. The National Association of City Transport...

 2020-05-27 12:22 

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Mexican workers in US are sending record money home despite coronavirus-related economic shutdowns...

Mexicans living in the U.S. sent $4.02 billion home in March 2020, a 35.8% increase over March 2019. Jane Russell/WallpaperFlare , CC BY-SA One might think Mexican immigrants in the U.S. would be sending less money home to their families as a result of th...

 2020-05-27 12:22 

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What is hazard pay, and why are Amazon and other companies ending it for essential workers?...

Whole Foods says it will stop paying workers hazard pay on June 1. AP Photo/Gerry Broome As the shutdown orders went into effect two months ago, several American companies began offering hazard pay to essential employees, such as retail, grocery and healt...

 2020-05-27 08:58 

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Rio Tinto just blasted away an ancient Aboriginal site. Here's why that was allowed...

Juukan 1 and 2 in June, 2013 Puutu Kunti Kurrama And Pinikura Aboriginal Corporation In the expansion of its iron ore mine in Western Pilbara, Rio Tinto blasted the Juukan Gorge 1 and 2 Aboriginal rock shelters dating back 46,000 years. These sites had de...

 2020-05-27 06:41 

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Are thermal cameras a magic bullet for COVID-19 fever detection? There's not enough evidence to know...

During the frenzy of the past few months to secure resources for the fight against COVID-19, the demand for technologies that promise to detect symptomatic individuals has been sky-high. However, not all proposed solutions work as advertised. Thermal came...

 2020-05-26 20:15 

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A single mega-project exposes the Morrison government's gas plan as staggering folly...

Mick Tsikas/AAP Every few years, the idea that gas will help Australia transition to a zero-emissions economy seems to re-emerge, as if no one had thought of it before. Federal energy minister Angus Taylor is the latest politician to jump on the gas bandw...

 2020-05-26 20:08 

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Climate explained: why countries don't count emissions from goods they import...

SHeryl Williams/Shutterstock CC BY-ND Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, p...

 2020-05-26 12:20 

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Ethicists: We need more flexible tools for evaluating gene-edited food...

What determines whether a genetically modified vegetable or fruit is natural? VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Is there now a way to genetically engineer crops to create food that people can confidently consider natural? Gene-editing technolog...

 2020-05-26 12:19 

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The coronavirus pandemic moved life online a surge in website defacing followed...

Website defacing can shut down businesses that have moved online during the coronavirus pandemic. Siriporn Kaenseeya/EyeEm via Getty Images One consequence of the public's compliance with social distancing and quarantines during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

 2020-05-26 12:18 

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How the coronavirus increases terrorism threats in the developing world...

When people need food aid, like these Nigerians, research finds they are more susceptible to extremist recruitment efforts. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images As the coronavirus reaches developing countries in Africa and Asia , the pandemic will...

 2020-05-26 12:18 

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I've been following families in open adoptions for 15 years, observing adoptive parents' struggles to share painful origin stories with kids...

Knowing the truth about one's origins is crucial to identity formation, according to adoption experts. Motortion/iStock via Getty Images Plus Adoption has changed dramatically in recent years. International adoptions have dropped 72% since 2005. Today...

 2020-05-26 12:17 

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Buildings consume lots of energy here's how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take...

Artist rendition of the National Western Center, a net-zero campus under construction in Denver to house multiple activities. City and County of Denver | Mayor's Office of the National Western Center , CC BY-ND Although the coronavirus pandemic has do...

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