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Have we given up on planet Earth?

We are living through a climate emergency that threatens the existence of human life on Earth, while our leaders dream of life on Mars.

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Does outer space end – or go on forever?

These are questions scientists don’t have definite answers to yet. Many think it’s likely you would just keep passing galaxies in every direction, forever. In that case, the universe would be infinite, with no end.

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Shhhh, they're listening – inside the coming voice-profiling revolution

If you hear “This call is being recorded for training and quality control,” it isn’t just the customer service representative they’re monitoring. It can be you, too.

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Working with dangerous viruses sounds like trouble – but here’s what scientists learn from studying pathogens in secure labs

There is no such thing as zero risks in any endeavour, but over many years, researchers have developed safe laboratory methods for working with dangerous pathogens.

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COVID-19 messages make emergency alerts just another text in the crowd on your home screen

COVID-19-related messages are a new use of this alert system. They indicate changing ideas about what constitutes an emergency and underscore the challenges of public messaging in a personalized media environment.

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Study shows AI-generated fake reports fool experts

If you use such social media websites as Facebook and Twitter, you may have come across posts flagged with warnings about misinformation.

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6 important truths about COVID-19 vaccines

One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of ending the pandemic isn’t medical or logistical. It’s the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.

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To make less-harmful road salts, we're studying natural antifreezes produced by fish

De-icing salts also do extensive damage to autos, infrastructure and the environment. Nearly 20 million tons per year in the U.S. Snowbelt cities in Canada, Europe and Japan use de-icing salts heavily.

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What is a neural network? A computer scientist explains

Neural networks can teach themselves how to perform a task after being given basic instructions.

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No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet access has limited vaccine availability for racial and ethnic minorities

Access to the internet, having an internet-enabled device and understanding how to use both have been necessary to sign up for the vaccine.

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Supermoon! Red blood lunar eclipse! It's all happening at once, but what does that mean?

When the Moon is completely covered by Earth’s shadow it will darken, but doesn’t go completely black. Instead, it takes on a red color, which is why total lunar eclipses are sometimes called red or blood moons.

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How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine compare to other coronavirus vaccines? 4 questions answered

Johnson & Johnson is expected to ship out nearly four million doses as soon as the FDA grants emergency use authorization

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