Surviving Weed-Out Classes in Science May Be a State of Mind

Social ties to classmates and how students feel could be more important than innate ability when it comes to enduring early STEM courses.

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Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel. It Also Assembles Itself.

Scientists are figuring out the chemical triggers that turn the liquid stored in silk glands into a solid that’s tougher than Kevlar.

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Heat and Drought Team Up More Frequently, With Disastrous Results

A new study finds that what used to be a rare weather double whammy has been occurring more frequently in recent decades because of climate change.

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Australia’s Stinging Trees: Please Do Not Pet Them

Scientists have found a potent chemical that might give Australian giant stinging trees their extraordinarily painful punch.

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Aided by Modern Ingenuity, a Taste of Ancient Judean Dates

The harvest of the much-extolled but long-lost Judean dates was something of a scientific miracle. The fruit sprouted from seeds 2,000 years old.

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Did Something Burp? It Was an Earthquake

Years of observations in central Italy show that more carbon dioxide percolates through Earth’s crust during periods of strong seismic activity.

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For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm

Inspired by a mother’s question, the new method will be introduced across Israel this fall, just in time for flu season, and could be coming soon to the U.S.

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He Doesn’t Mind Being Shared, Unless His Mates Try to Eat Each Other’s Eggs

A Brazilian frog species engages in reproductive behavior never seen in amphibians before.

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Cave’s Clues Show It’s More Than Just Oldest Outhouse in the Americas

Preserved dung in Oregon’s Paisley Caves is helping to fill in some mysteries about some of the earliest people on our continent.

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