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Journalists covering scientific research during the COVID-19 pandemic increased their reliance on preprints. (Shutterstock)

Journalists reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic relied on research that had yet to be peer reviewed

Preprints are often free to use, making them more accessible for journalists to report on. However, as they have yet to undergo peer review, science journalists take a gamble on their accuracy.
University research has a legacy of doing harm to Indigenous communities. However, a new collaborative project is showing how research can be done in a better and inclusive way. (Shutterstock)

Collaborative Indigenous Research is a way to repair the legacy of harmful research practices

Harmful research practices have done serious damage to Indigenous communities and created distrust. The Collaborative Indigenous Research Digital Garden is one way to repair that damage.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hosts G20 leaders at the 2022 summit in Bali. The agenda items include improving the global health system and ensuring sustainable energy transition among member states. (ANTARA FOTO/Prasetyo Utomo)

G20 scientists urge pandemic preparedness and climate action: 4 steps countries can take following Bali summit

As the climate crisis worsens, and after being ravaged by the COVID-19, it is paramount for Indonesia and G20 countries to strengthen global pandemic preparedness and climate action.
The asexual pride flag. Queso/iStock via Getty Images

How asexuals navigate romantic relationships

It’s often assumed that people who identify as asexual are also ‘aromantic’ – that they aren’t interested in forming romantic relationships or aren’t capable of doing so.
Since 2018, more than 30 states in the U.S. have legalized sports betting. Seth Love/iStock via Getty Images.

Access to sports betting in the US has exploded since 2018 – and we’re just starting to learn about the effects

Any increase in people seeking help for gambling disorders could overwhelm the nation’s treatment centers, which already find themselves overextended and underfunded.
Red mitochondria in airway cells become coated with green SARS-COV-2 proteins after viral infection: Researchers discovered that the virus that causes COVID-19 damages lungs by attacking mitochondria. (Stephen Archer)

How COVID-19 damages lungs: The virus attacks mitochondria, continuing an ancient battle that began in the primordial soup

COVID-19 causes lung injury and lowers oxygen levels in patients because the SARS-CoV-2 virus attacks cells’ mitochondria. This attack is a throwback to a primitive war between viruses and bacteria.
Scientists have used author Henry David Thoreau’s notes to inform studies of climate change in eastern Massachusetts. Tom Stohlman/Flickr

By fact-checking Thoreau’s observations at Walden Pond, we showed how old diaries and specimens can inform modern research

Journals, museum collections and other historical sources can provide valuable data for modern ecological studies. But just because a source is old doesn’t make it useful.
Concussion doesn’t just happen in sports or only in teens and young adults; it affects people of all ages and backgrounds. (Shutterstock)

Concussion is more than sports injuries: Who’s at risk and how Canadian researchers are seeking better diagnostics and treatments

Canadian researchers are exploring unanswered questions about concussion: How to diagnose it accurately and quickly, how to predict outcomes and promote recovery, and how to prevent it altogether.
When asked to recall the popular children’s book series ‘The Berenstain Bears,’ many people make the same error by spelling it ‘The Berenstein Bears.’ Stephen Osman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

New study seeks to explain the ‘Mandela Effect’ – the bizarre phenomenon of shared false memories

People are puzzled when they learn they share the same false memories with others. That’s partly because they assume that what they remember and forget ought to be based only on personal experience.
Creating a safe space for patients to ask questions and provide fully informed consent could help increase clinical trial recruitment. FatCamera/E+ via Getty Images

Yes, Black patients do want to help with medical research – here are ways to overcome the barriers that keep clinical trials from recruiting diverse populations

Overcoming the access barriers and biases that underrepresented and underserved communities face could not only improve research participation but also improve care.
Rhesus macaques experience an aging process similar to people’s. Goddard Photography/E+ via Getty Images

Expanding Alzheimer’s research with primates could overcome the problem with treatments that show promise in mice but don’t help humans

Nonhuman primates like rhesus monkeys share certain characteristics with people that may make them better study subjects than mice for research on neurodegenerative diseases.

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