The average can tell you a lot about a dataset, but not everything.
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The average might come in handy for certain data analyses, but is any one person really ‘average’?
Comedian Chuck Nice and his daughter crack jokes in a video about a serious topic: climate change.
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Jokes can be a healing contagion as they expose hypocrisy, spark laughter and open minds.
Research has revealed how British otters may have been able to recover from species loss in the 1950s with the help of otters from Asia.
Mark Maslin and Jo Brand Climate Science Translated.
Climate Science Breakthrough
Climate scientist Mark Maslin pairs up with comedian Jo Brand to explain the urgency of the climate crisis. Together, they find that humour cuts through in ways that plain facts just can’t.
The molecules that make micelles are in your dishwashing detergent, your body wash, your shampoo, your toothpaste and even many foods. They are there to help the water interact with the dirt and oils.
If there is an overriding theme in The Worlds I See, it is that human and artificial intelligence form a double helix.
The dark, far side of the Moon is the perfect place to conduct radio astronomy.
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Projects under NASA’s CLPS program – including the Odysseus lander that made it to the lunar surface – will probe unexplored questions about the universe’s formation.
Still from You Are What You Eat.
The new Netflix documentary follows identical twins as they adopt different diets. This is a great example of a twin study – a uniquely useful research tool in science.
Scenes from ‘The STEAM Plays,’ performed in Michigan schools.
Is it a STEM education or a STEAM education? Integrating arts into science programming and vice versa can pique kids’ curiosity − a play touring Michigan aims to do just that.
Otters and other semiaquatic mammals can keep clean even in dirty water.
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The bottoms of boats and docks can accumulate lots of dirt, but semiaquatic animals like otters avoid having ‘fouled’ fur. Their secret could one day help keep underwater infrastructure clean.
The nature of dark energy remains one of the biggest puzzles in cosmology.
Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii is classified as a priority 1 critical pathogen by the World Health Organization.
Zosurabalpin is highly effective against dangerous bacterium Crab, which can kill up to 60% of people infected with it.
AI could take us beyond the concept of smart cities, telling us how and why things happen in urban settings.
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The Peregrine and Nova-C landers are due to carry out valuable science at two diverse lunar locations.
There is a large energy cost to breaking apart and mixing the water and oil layers. The secret to blending them is to add an extra ingredient known as a ‘surfactant’ or emulsifier, like mustard.
A Tristram’s starling (Onychognathus tristramii) in flight over the Eilat mountains.
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H.B. Tristram was a Victorian clergyman and ornithologist who categorised a list of birds he’d found in Palestine.
Government information sources like the U.S. patent database often file bad information without labeling it or providing a way to retract it.
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Theranos was dissolved years ago, and its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, is in prison, but the company’s patents based on bad science live on – a stark example of the persistence of faulty information.
Humans have been making fire by friction for centuries, but it’s not easy.
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You may have seen contestants on reality shows like “Survivor” make fire using friction, but do you know the physics behind the process?
Interference in research has serious consequences for scientists and for the laws and policies their research informs.
If scientists cannot freely conduct and communicate their work, the gap between evidence and policy widens, and that means Canada gets less effective laws and policies.
PISA tests are taken every four years.
Pisa measures 15-year-olds in reading, maths and science every three years - but is that the best way to test an education system?