The omicron variant possesses numerous mutations in the spike protein, the knob-like protrusions (in red) that allow the virus to invade other cells.
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It’s too early to say whether the newly identified omicron variant is going to overtake delta. But particular mutations in the new strain have researchers deeply concerned.
Incentives like rebates for insulation or allowing homeowners to sell energy from solar panels were more popular than taxing for excess energy use.
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A set of studies found people prefer incentives to disincentives, especially for individuals but also for businesses. They have views on clean energy and efficiency, too.
Research groups supported by the U.S. BRAIN Initiative recently released the most comprehensive map of cell types in the motor cortex of humans, monkeys and mice.
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Scientists have been mapping the brain for centuries. New visualization tools bring them one step closer to understanding where thoughts come from and new ways to treat neurological disorders.
A family holds hands and prays before a Thanksgiving meal.
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Cultures around the world say ‘thank yous’ in many different ways. Two communication scholars explain what these expressions can reveal to us.
Representatives say the Pledge of Allegiance at the State Capitol in Austin. Texas is one of many states that redrew their political maps in 2021.
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Cracking down on gerrymandering isn’t enough to make elections more competitive.
Gun violence spiked in more than half of all U.S. states in the first 13 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The pandemic brought about a sharp rise in mental health concerns, deep unemployment and an unprecedented amount of social isolation – a potentially deadly combination alongside rising gun sales.
Aging U.S. infrastructure: Rust on the underside of the Norwalk River Railroad Bridge, built in 1896 in Norwalk, Conn., and scheduled for replacement starting in 2022.
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What will the US$1.2 trillion infrastructure bill pay for? Here are some of the things it will help build, fix or remove.
A mini break with a humorous meme can take the momentary edge off during a stressful time.
Social media during the pandemic is not all doom scrolling and despair. Lighter memes have psychological benefits.
Many trees were still green in Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park on Oct. 1, 2021, when the area’s foliage is typically near peak color.
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Warm autumn weather has produced dull leaf colors across the eastern US this year, but climate change isn’t the only way that humans have altered trees’ fall displays.
The Denali Highway as it crosses the Susitna River.
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Alaska is warming faster than any other U.S. state, and that’s causing problems, a team of bridge engineers and social scientists explains. The infrastructure bill in Congress would offer some help.
Access to qualified teachers is a major source of educational inequality around the world.
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If national teacher policies are not comprehensive, practical and inclusive of teachers, they can undermine the very workers they aim to help, a global education policy expert argues.
Power poles downed by Hurricane Ida in Houma, Louisiana, Aug. 30, 2021.
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Building even more power poles and transmission lines won’t avert outages when major disasters strike.
Many Americans who lost their jobs when the coronavirus pandemic began sought donated food.
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Food insufficiency rates rose across the board, researchers who analyzed government data found.
Several lawmakers from high-tax states like New York are pushing for changes to a key tax deduction in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package.
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The 2017 tax cuts put a $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes. The richest households would see the biggest gains from eliminating or raising the cap.
Protesters gather at Indiana University in June 2021 to demonstrate against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for students, staff and faculty.
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Subtly shifting the crafting and delivery of public health messaging on COVID-19 vaccines could go a long way toward persuading many of the unvaccinated to get the shot.
Programs that promote more education could also improve longterm health.
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Mexican Americans who have more formal education than their parents are much less likely to have Type 2 diabetes, new research finds.
A spinning wall puzzle helps kids develop spatial skills and understand how different objects relate to one another.
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Scientists and local communities can work together to design interactive play spaces that build math and literacy skills.
Mullah Hasan Akhund, foreground, has been part of the Taliban leadership since the 1990s, when he served as foreign minister.
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The caretaker leader for Afghanistan represents a compromise candidate for Taliban factions, but his reactionary past has drawn concern over the fate of minority and women’s rights.
Les soldats américains ont massivement utilisé l'identification biométrique durant leur présence en Afghanistan.
Les données biométriques que l’US Army a récoltées sur la population afghane, et notamment sur les personnes ayant travaillé pour la coalition, pourraient désormais être exploitées par les talibans.
What’s on the table during Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Washington visit?
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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to seek commitments from his US counterpart, pledging support in his country’s ongoing battle with the Russian Federation.