The 2018 Camp Fire north of Sacramento burned everything in its path: cars, power lines, and buildings – and contaminated local drinking water.
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Buildings aren't the only things at risk in wildfires. Recent disasters in California have left local water system contaminated with toxic chemicals afterward, slowing return and recovery.
In a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., engineers observed the first driving test for the Mars rover, Perseverance. Perseverance will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize Mars’ climate and geology, and collect samples for a future return to Earth.
This summer, NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is taking the next giant leap in our search for signs of life beyond Earth.
Like mother, like daughter.
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It's easier said than done, acknowledges a nursing professor with four children. But it's going to be necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.
Make sure the bottom of the mask is pulled down over your chin so it covers your nose and mouth.
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Masks are only effective if you follow certain principles when wearing them.
In Irvine, Calif., a COVID-19 test is retrieved from a drive-in patient at Orange County Great Park. For four weeks, the testing station will see 520 patients per day.
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There's more to the numbers than what you see on TV.
Students at Long Branch Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, used tech to perform an ‘Aristocats’ number.
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Much like what everyone in showbiz from Lady Gaga to Lang Lang seems to be doing, school-age music students are using apps and software to play instruments and sing together.
Demands on nurses for such things as electronic record keeping take time away from patients. They can also lead to resource deprivation trauma.
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COVID-19 is traumatizing nurses. Yet nurses have suffered trauma for decades, often due to insufficient resources, and changes within the field have been slow.
People in a special airplane flight get to float like there is no gravity – just like astronauts.
How do people in a special airplane flight get to float like there is no gravity – just like astronauts? An aerospace engineer explains.
Will robo-umps make the game of baseball better or worse?
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Computerized systems that automatically determine whether a pitch is a ball or strike promise to make umpiring more accurate, but at what price?
There are strong psychological drivers underpinning the impulse to splurge hard-earned money online. There are also some simple ways to stop.
A woman walks past a graffiti by Anthony Kihoro in Kenya sensitising people about the coronavirus.
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COVID-19 differs significantly from HIV and Ebola. But the potential consequences of having a misinformed public are similar.
Discolored water can be caused by heavy metals, such as iron or copper. Iron can also act as a nutrient for organisms to grow in the pipes.
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Office buildings have been left mostly empty for weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving standing water in pipes where harmful organisms can grow. What happens when those buildings reopen?
Shoppers in Brooklyn continue to buy produce at a farmers market.
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Small-scale farmers are likely to be hit hard if open-air markets close due to coronavirus fears. This could have a longer-term impact on the food supply chain.
Dogs with terminal bladder cancer improved with this new modified anthrax treatment.
Anthrax is best known as a bioweapon. But researchers have figured out how to tweak the deadly toxin and use it to fight cancer. So far, dogs are the first to benefit from the new therapy.
You can’t make a guitar without some STEM know-how.
More than 20,000 American high school students have made their own guitars in school over the past decade. Many of them have wound up more into learning about STEM disciplines.
You don’t have to run a marathon to get into better shape. Make walking a part of your routine every day.
Getting in better shape is one of Americans' top resolutions for the new year, but many people give up after six months. Here are some suggestions to make exercise enjoyable so you can stick with it.
The holidays for many are not always about joy. Grief is a significant part of the holidays for those who have lost loved ones in the past year.
Grief has been thought to present itself in five stages, but newer studies into how people process grief shows that, in many ways, it never ends. Grief can be especially powerful at the holidays.
When algorithms make decisions with real-world consequences, they need to be fair.
A machine learning expert predicts a new balance between human and machine intelligence is on the horizon. For that to be good news, researchers need to figure out how to design algorithms that are fair.
Christmas tours to mansions often present a ‘magical’ experience to tourists, but they ignore the realities of the lives of slaves who worked there.
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Fictional accounts of white Southerners make it seem like it was fun to be a slave on a plantation at holiday time. Many of today's tours repeat such stories.
Turkey is cheaper than ever before.
Turkey has become easier to produce over the years, making it easier on American wallets – with some environmental benefits as well.