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Cats Can Get Coronavirus, Study Suggests–But Pet Owners Need Not Panic

Cats can be infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and spread it to other cats, but dogs are not really susceptible to the infection, according to researchers in China. The team, at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China, also concludes that chickens, pigs, and ducks are not likely to catch the virus. Scientists say […]

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Bird Fossil Shared Earth with T. rex

Who’s your favorite superhero? Captain Marvel? Superman? Well, in a minute, you might just change your answer to the Wonderchicken. [CLIP: “Yes, the Wonderchicken: Strange visitor from this planet. A 67-million-year-old fossil that’s helping researchers piece together the bird family tree.”] An amateur fossil hunter dug up this specimen 20 years ago in Belgium. But it wasn’t […]

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The Loneliness of the “Social Distancer” Triggers Brain Cravings Akin to Hunger

Loneliness hurts. It is psychologically distressing and so physically unhealthy that being lonely increases the likelihood of an earlier death by 26 percent. But the feeling may serve a purpose. Psychologists theorize it hurts so much because, like hunger and thirst, loneliness acts as a biological alarm bell. The ache of it drives us to […]

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STEM Education Needs a Course Correction

By Ainissa Ramirez For the past several years, I’ve lived as a science evangelist, crisscrossing the country and preaching the gospel of the importance of getting a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. My work began with my TED talk in 2012, when I exchanged the security of a lab bench for an assortment […]

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Our Trust in Science Is Complicated

Science is supposedly based on evidence, but in reality, for most people, it is based on trust. Scientific evidence is mostly inaccessible. Scientific journals are difficult to obtain and their articles are written in a specialized language that is incomprehensible to all but a few experts in the field. We trust what those experts say […]