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Mind and Body
Science

Climate change could make one household pest increase its path of destruction

In nature, wood-eating termites play a broad and important role in warm tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems

Science
Mind and Body

Certain U.S. states may be close to losing herd immunity to a deadly virus

There are many communities in the U.S. that have lower-than-necessary polio vaccination rates.

Innovation

EV ownership has a racial gap — one major change could bridge the divide

Today’s charging infrastructure favors homeowners, who are more likely to be white.

Culture
Covid-19
Science
Mind and Body
Science

We’ve dumped over 15,000 pounds of trash on Mars

The “leave no trace” motto doesn’t apply to the Red Planet, apparently.

Innovation

ePlane? Electric planes may come sooner than you think

New batteries are being developed, but they aren’t yet ready for aircraft.

Science

Super-Earths may be the best places to look for alien life

Super-Earths may be super habitable, as astronomer Chris Impey explains.

Mind and Body

Your gut microbes are thousands of generations old — new study

Humans evolved with their microbiomes — like genes, your gut microbes pass from one generation to the next

Innovation
Science
Mind and Body

These two daily activities are wreaking havoc on teens’ sleep

Adolescents need more than nine hours of daily sleep to be physically and mentally healthy.

Science
Mind and Body

This team of doctors reveals how to avoid a massive pitfall in making new drugs

Identifying the barriers that keep clinical trials from recruiting diverse populations is essential.

Mind and Body
Science

Does my cat like me? 4 scientific ways to tell

Cats behave towards humans in the same way that they respond to their feline friends.