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Andreas Ekström: Can We Solve For Bias In Tech?

11 hours 21 min ago

We think of search engines as unbiased sources of information. But they're not — and they can be manipulated. Andreas Ekström asks: who should hold the burden of addressing bias in search engines?

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J. Marshall Shepherd: How Does Bias Shape Our Perceptions About Science?

11 hours 21 min ago

Why do many people dismiss issues like climate change, despite strong scientific evidence? Climatologist J. Marshall Shepherd examines how different forms of bias shape how we perceive science.

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Racial Disparities In Cancer Incidence And Survival Rates Are Narrowing

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:34pm

African-Americans still have the highest death rate and the lowest survival rate of any U.S. racial or ethnic group for most cancers. But the "cancer gap" between blacks and whites is shrinking.

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After 16 Months Of Dead Fish, Manatees And Dolphins, Florida's Red Tide Ebbs

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 2:08pm

The red tide algae bloom that has plagued coastal communities in Florida since 2017 is starting to dissipate, much to the relief of local communities and tourism officials.

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World Health Organization Forms Committee To Guide Editing Of Human Genes

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 2:02pm

WHO acted in reaction to a Chinese scientist's announcement in 2018 that he had created the world's first gene-edited babies, a step that highlighted the need for uniform gene-editing guidelines.

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When Teens Threaten Violence, A Community Responds With Compassion

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 6:30pm

After years of being beaten up, this teen decided to take justice into his own hands. A school district in Oregon showed him a better way to solve his problems.

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Hungry Deer May Be Changing How Things Sound In The Forest

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 1:01pm

Sound travels differently through open fields than the woods. When deer eat up bushes, small trees and other forest plants, it affects the transmission of bird calls and other natural sounds.

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Bugs Vs. Superbugs: Insects Offer Promise In Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:32am

With the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, scientists are exploring nature to find new disease-fighting compounds. They're finding them in surprising new places: the microbiomes of insects.

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Social Spelunking With Will Hunt

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:06am

What's really under our feet? According to author Will Hunt, there are whole worlds.

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NASA Says Ultima Thule Actually Looks Like A Pancake And A Walnut

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 3:58pm

They had initially thought the object four billion miles from Earth looked like a snowman. The New Horizons spacecraft flew by it on New Year's Day and new images give scientists a clearer picture.

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NASA Will Make A Last Attempt To Contact Mars Rover Opportunity

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 3:46pm

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., announced Tuesday that they will make one last attempt to reach the Mars rover Opportunity though they are not expecting a response.

Wreckage Of WWII Aircraft Carrier Found In The South Pacific Ocean

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 1:01pm

The Hornet played a role in several key events in the war – including the Doolittle Raid on Japan and the Battle of Midway. Researchers have located it 3 miles below the surface.

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Storm Clouds And Sunshine: How Florida Prepares For Climate Change

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:06am

The state and its key industries are among the most at-risk of being decimated by our changing climate.

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Giving Medicine To Young Children? Getting The Dose Right Is Tricky

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:01am

In a recent survey, 1 in 5 parents said they thought using a household spoon was OK for measuring their child's medicine. It's not. Here's how to help little kids without overdosing them.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:06am

Savage, climate change and the latest on Venezuela are some of the things that made headlines this week.

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Putting Mosquitoes On A Diet Might Help Stop Them From Biting Humans

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 4:13pm

New research finds that feeding mosquitoes human diet drugs causes them to lose their taste for human blood for days. The researchers hope this could be used to reduce the spread of disease.

Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:41pm

Humans are evolutionary oddballs for living long past our reproductive prime. New research explains how grandmothers might be the reason why.

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Avoiding The Ouch. Scientists Are Working On Ways To Swap The Needle For A Pill

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:11pm

A lot of vaccines and some medications need to be delivered by injection. Two groups of researchers are designing ways of delivering these medications by putting them in pill form.

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Why We Keep Forgiving Facebook

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:06am

No number of scandals seem to scrape the company’s bottom line.

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Why Morning People May Have A Health Edge Over Night People

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 4:04am

A new study suggests that being a morning person makes you slightly less susceptible to depression or mental illness. It, however, is not a very big effect.

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