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July 23, 2021

Biden’s Surgeon General talks about the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. Plus, whistleblowers allege “atmosphere of fear” at the EPA. And how the humpback whale says hello.

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July 16, 2021

What’s next for new battery technology? Plus, why our sweat is useful and even worth celebrating. And why the red giant star Betelgeuse is dimming.

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July 9, 2021

Laternflies, an invasive and damaging pest, have carved out a foothold on the East Coast—and experts worry it could spread. Plus, can African wild dogs avoid extinction? And how seashells can be an oracle of ocean health.

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July 2, 2021

With the COVID Delta variant on the rise, how worried should you be about it? Plus, updates on masking and vaccine efficacy from a virologist. And whether you’re a seasoned grower or a budding green-thumb, we’ve got some science-based summer gardening advice.

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June 25, 2021

We wrap up #CephalopodWeek with some squiddy fun facts from a Monterey Bay Aquarium scientist. Plus, a much-anticipated government report examines “unexplained aerial phenomena” seen by Navy pilots. And people experiencing mild cognitive decline may benefit from playing music.

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June 18, 2021

Cephalopod Week is back! We kick off the week-long celebration with some trivia on the origins of squiddy words. Plus, with more states legalizing medical marijuana, physicians and patients are both figuring out how to best use cannabis. And we’ve got the best science books for you to read this summer.

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June 11, 2021

Biden’s new assistant secretary of health is the highest-ranking, openly trans federal official ever, and she’s advocating for big changes. Plus, what happens after scientists admit they’re wrong? And a tale of a chonky “living fossil” fish.

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June 4, 2021

Anthony Fauci reflects on the four decades of research since the first report on the AIDS epidemic. Plus, how the biggest technical challenges of long-term space living could be met by genetically engineering humans. And a new study sheds light on the genetic architecture of depression.

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May 28, 2021

Half of American adults are now considered fully vaccinated. How do we get everyone else on board? Plus, the sand business is shifting to greener practices. And how to create origami pasta and cook a cicada.

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May 21, 2021

How will the world’s population get vaccinated? A look at the challenges ahead. Plus, opioid distributors are finally on trial. And what a rare baseball collision reveals about the physics of the sport.

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