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Rethinking Easter Island's Historic 'Collapse'

Controversial new archaeological research casts doubt on a classic theory of this famous island's societal collapse -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

What a U.S. Exit from the WHO Means for COVID-19 and Global Health

As President Trump terminates the U.S.’s relationship with the agency, experts foresee incoherence, inefficiency and a resurgence of deadly diseases -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Your Brain, Free Will and the Law

Stanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky talks about human behavior, the penal system and the question of free will. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Coronavirus Roundup, May 23-May 29

Pandemic news highlights for the week -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Rapid Antarctic Ice Melt in the Past Bodes Ill for the Future

Geological evidence shows glaciers retreated by as much as 6 miles in a year at the end of the last ice age -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Nobody Wants to Have End-of-Life Conversations, but...

It’s more important than ever in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

The Mariana Trench is 7 Miles Deep--What's Down There?

The Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean is so deep your bones would literally dissolve. What's down there in its black, crushing depths? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Spraying Oil on Sand Dunes Helps Trees Grow

Originally published in January 1967 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Missing Memories of the Universe

With observatories shut down due to the pandemic, the photons that reveal the secrets of the cosmos can’t be recorded or decoded -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Coronavirus Antibody Therapies Raise Hopes--and Skepticism

Some experts caution we should temper our expectations about the much-touted approach -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Coronavirus Antibody Therapies Raise Hopes--and Skepticism

Some experts caution we should temper our expectations about the much-touted approach -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Science News Briefs from All Over

Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about an incredibly well-preserved horned lark (Eremophila alpestris), like the one pictured, that lived... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Can Pneumatic Compression Help You Recover Faster?

Can fancy-looking air-filled boots play a role in our workout recovery? I asked physiology expert Dr. Jeff Martin to take a deep dive with me to find out -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

E.U.'s Coronavirus Recovery Plan Also Aims to Fight Climate Change

The proposed package would boost clean energy and transport to help the continent become carbon neutral by 2050 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Earliest 'Chickens' Were Actually Pheasants

A new analysis ruffles the story of poultry domestication -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Pocket Watch Catches Pickpockets

Originally published in August 1856 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

A Day in the Life of a COVID-19 Physician

The pandemic challenges a young critical care doctor in ways he could never have imagined -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Search for Antibodies That 'First Do No Harm'

Biotechs and pharma want to protect patients without triggering immune system havoc -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Search for Antibodies That 'First Do No Harm'

Biotechs and pharma want to protect patients without triggering immune system havoc -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Colorful Corals Beat Bleaching

Exposed to mildly warmer waters, some corals turn neon, instead of bleaching white. The dramatic colors may help coax symbiotic algae back. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Coal's Decline Continues with 13 Plant Closures Announced in 2020

The fuel is increasingly uncompetitive with cheaper natural gas and renewable energy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Manufacturers Worry DDT Will Not Be Used

Originally published in November 1945 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

How Anti-Science Attitudes Have Impacted the Coronavirus Pandemic in Brazil

A leading Brazilian scientist discusses the challenges faced by the country, which has the world’s third-highest number of COVID-19 cases -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Precision Mobile Testing Is Key to Opening the Economy Safely

Fighting COVID-19 with our antiquated paradigm of centralized health care delivery is like fighting World War III with a musket -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

A Monday Is a Tuesday Is a Sunday as COVID-19 Disrupts Internal Clocks

A global natural experiment examines the time warp of life under quarantine -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Back in Business: NASA Is Set to Return to Human Spaceflight with Historic SpaceX Launch

Two astronauts will ride a privately built rocket and spacecraft to orbit, marking the first launch of humans from U.S. soil in nearly a decade -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Why Trump's Popularity Surge Faded So Quickly

The phenomenon demonstrates the rise and fall of dominant leaders in turbulent times -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

A Passion for Beetles (and Spiders) in the Time of Coronavirus

Although schools are closed for now, nature is still open for exploration and learning -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

What Are the Health Benefits of Yerba Mate?

The impressive health benefits of drinking yerba mate include increased energy and enhanced weight loss. Should you trade your coffee or tea for this traditional South American beverage? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Robert May (1936-2020) and the Future of Scientific Research

He was utterly unpretentious, without guile or dissimulation and candid to the point of tactlessness—qualities in unfortunately short supply today -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Farmers Must Adapt as U.S. Corn Belt Shifts Northward

As the climate changes, so will the prime area for growing corn and soy in the Midwest -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Meat Mogul Dies Penniless Searching for Sunken Treasure

Originally published in August 1906 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

One Key Factor in whether COVID-19 Will Wane This Summer

Seasonal respite from the pandemic will depend on what happens indoors, not just outdoors -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

New Design Helps N95 Mask Wearers Breathe Easier

The device prevents oxygen deprivation in coronavirus-blocking respirators -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

The Beautiful, Irregular Universe

A new x-ray survey of distant galaxies suggests that the universe is expanding unevenly -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

The Strange Hearts of Neutron Stars

Space observations are poised to reveal more about the centre of one of the Universe’s most enigmatic objects -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

The Tragedy of the Compost

Most food waste gets thrown into in landfills rather than being recycled—but one abandoned dump is getting a makeover -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

The Special Challenge of Fighting COVID-19 in Africa

Western governments and NGOs are grappling with their own outbreaks, leaving African nations largely on their own -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Parasites Thrive in Lizard Embryos' Brain

Lizard embryos host tiny nematode invaders -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Visionary Science Takes More than Just Technical Skills

The ability to come up with truly revolutionary ideas is crucial—and extremely rare -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Will the Earth 'Remember' the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Tree rings, ice cores and sediment deposits could record changes in pollution during the global shutdown -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Will the Earth 'Remember' the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Tree rings, ice cores and sediment deposits could record changes in pollution during the global shutdown -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Forced Social Isolation Causes Neural Craving Similar to Hunger

New research highlights the profound effect of severe social isolation on the brain -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

How to Protect Both Wolves and Livestock

New research reveals clear guidance for reducing human-wildlife conflict and restoring wolf populations. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Europa: Three More Clues

We have alien worlds right here in our solar system -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Because of Rising CO2, Trees Might Be Warming the Arctic

Less water loss from plants causes the surrounding air to warm, and currents can transport that heat poleward -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

A Failure of Imagination

Nature does not have to play fair with our puny human brains -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Diana Davis's Beautiful Pentagons

This mathematician turns her research into fashion and toys -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Gut Microbes May Be Key to Solving Food Allergies

New therapeutics are testing whether protective bacteria can dampen harmful immune responses to food -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Skinny Genes Tell Fat to Burn

A gene whose mutated form is associated with cancer in humans turns out to have a role in burning calories over a long evolutionary history. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com