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Don't Panic About Rare Earth Elements
The materials used in iPhones and Tesla cars need not become a long-term casualty of a U.S.-China trade war -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Mole-Rat Pain Resistance Could Point the Way to New Analgesics
The naked mole rat became an unlikely media star in 2008 when researchers showed it is highly resistant to certain types of pain. Physiologist Gary Lewin of the Max...


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When One Protected Species Kills Another, What Are Conservationists...
In a world where wildlife isthreatened like never beforein human history, the conservationist's mission seems clear: work to stop wildlife from going extinct, and to...


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New Finding Advances the Search for a Universal Flu Vaccine
The quest for a universal flu vaccine, one that provides long-lasting protection from multiple types of influenza, even those that might cause a pandemic, has moved a step...


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Genetic Mutation in "CRISPR Babies" May Shorten Lifespan
The gene a Chinese scientist attempted to modify in twin girls last year has been associated with premature death -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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When One Protected Species Kills Another, What Are Conservationists...
In a world where wildlife isthreatened like never beforein human history, the conservationist's mission seems clear: work to stop wildlife from going extinct, and to...


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Ending in 2020, NASA's Infrared Spitzer Mission Leaves a Gap in...
Delays to the James Webb Space Telescope will result in at least a yearlong hiatus in space-based infrared observations -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Cool Gas Circles Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole
A new study reveals surprising new details about our galaxy’s shadowy core -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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The Deep Ocean Harbors a Mountain of Microplastic Pollution
Minuscule pieces of plastic pollution were originally discovered floating on the sea surface decades ago. Now inthe first studyto systematically comb a section of ocean...


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Cool Gas Circles the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole
A new study reveals surprising new details about our galaxy’s shadowy core -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Interview: The Once and Future Moon
On July 20, 2019, a half-century will have passed sinceApollo 11astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. More than...


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Are People with ADHD More Creative?
Those affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are clinically thought of as inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. However, people with ADHD are also...


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Two-for-One: Chickenpox Vaccine Lowers Shingles Risk in Children
Health organizations recommend children receive the varicella vaccine at one year old to protect them against chickenpox, but the vaccine appears to have another benefit:...


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Watch a Raging Forest Fire Surround You in 360 Degrees
Watching a wildfire from within—seeing the flames fly above, below, and for 360 degrees all around—can offer scientists and firefighters valuable information about how...


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Using Ganja to Get High Dates Back Millennia
A repeated warning about cannabis use in the post-hippie era is to be aware that what you’re smoking or ingesting isn’t your grandparents’ cannabis. Humans have worked hard...


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Water on Europa--with a Pinch of Salt
Much like Earth’s seas, the subsurface ocean of this icy moon of Jupiter contains sodium chloride, the main ingredient of table salt -- Read more on...


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Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia
Ancient site points to weed’s role in burial rites -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Ecological Detectives Hunt for San Francisco's Vanished Waterways
Recovering “ghost creeks” from past landscapes can help protect the city’s future amid climate chaos -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome
In many detective novels, the ominous aroma of bitter almonds foreshadows a swift demise. The kernels of wild almond varieties—and also the pits of peaches, cherries and...


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Better Memory Through Electrical Brain Ripples
Specific patterns of brain activity are thought to underlie specific processes or computations important for various mental faculties, such as memory. One such “brain...


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In the Wiggle of an Ear, a Surprising Insight into Bat Sonar
One big problem with putting autonomous drones to workdelivering packages—orflying search-and-rescue missions—is that the sky is complicated and unpredictable. Trees,...


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Domestication Made Dogs' Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans
Wolves lack the muscles that allow dogs to raise their eyebrows and make puppy dog eyes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Gene Increases Risk for Pot Addiction
Danish researchers have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk for cannabis use disorder. About 10 percent of people who ingest cannabis, the most...


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Why Some Amazonian Societies Survived and Others Perished amid...
Climate change had a deep impact on pre-Columbian societies. Population declines and climate-driven collapse of complex societies preceded the Columbian encounter...


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The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time
Today’s internet is a playground for hackers. From insecure communication links to inadequately guarded data in the cloud, vulnerabilities are everywhere. But if quantum...


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"Missing" Wallets with More Cash Are More Likely to Be Returned
A massive global study with 17,000 planted wallets found similar patterns among most of the 40 countries involved -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Climate Change Throws a Wrench in Everglades Restoration
Fishing captain Brett Greco has spent nearly half his life guiding anglers in pursuit of tarpon, bonefish, snook, redfish, permit and sea trout in the rich waters of...


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European Comet Interceptor Could Visit an Interstellar Object
At any given moment, scientists say, there should be at least one interstellar object—perhaps a castaway asteroid or comet from another star—passing through the inner solar...


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Elite Athletes' Gut Bacteria Give Rodent Runners a Boost
The chemical these bacteria produce appears to enhance athleticism -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com


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Business as Usual Threatens Thousands of Amazon Tree Species
Aboutone in eight of all the world’s treesgrows in the Amazon, by far the largest remaining continuous rain forest on earth. The greatest threat to its existence has long...


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