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What dads do online helps them navigate gender roles as society changes. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

How new fathers use social media to make sense of their roles

The tasks of fatherhood are changing, but society's expectations haven't caught up. Many dads use online discussion groups, blogs and videos to explore their new identities.
It takes time to see which finding might be a golden egg. Neamov/Shutterstock.com

Funding basic research plays the long game for future payoffs

Basic research can be easy to mock as pointless and wasteful of resources. But it's very often the foundation for future innovation – even in ways the original scientists couldn't have imagined.
A stretchable electronic device whose design is inspired by the cut-paper art called kirigami. Doug Levere/University at Buffalo

Ancient arts are inspiring modern electronics

What's the connection between kids making paper snowflakes and wearable devices that stretch and bend with your body? Engineers who find design inspirations from many sources.
What’s this digital token good for, anyway? knipsdesign/Shutterstock.com

What is a blockchain token?

Tokens, the next stage in the development of blockchain technologies, can help expand blockchains' uses beyond simply exchanging money.
Birds don’t fly across wide Amazonian rivers like the Rio Negro. Marcos Amend www.marcosamend.com (for use with this article only)

Bird DNA helps explain Amazonian rivers’ role in evolution

Rivers are natural boundaries for evolving populations. But scientists don't agree whether they create new species or just help maintain them. Research using birds' molecular clocks provides some answers.