A new rule is intended to let patients comparison shop for hospital services.
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Health researchers hope a new regulation requiring hospitals to post their prices will tame soaring health care costs, but compliance and standardization are hurdles.
Environmental DNA is a promising tool for tracking species in freshwater ecosystems like Oregon’s Elkhorn Creek.
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Rivers are among the most embattled ecosystems on Earth. Researchers are testing a new, inexpensive way to study river health by using eDNA to count the species that rivers harbor.
A television reporter reacts to being hit by a heat ray during a demonstration of the U.S. military’s Active Denial System.
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Electromagnetic beams of the right power and wavelength can cause pain and zap electronics. Could they also be used to disrupt a person’s nervous system?
Sometimes facts and statistics aren’t enough to convince someone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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There are a variety of reasons why people do or don’t want to be vaccinated. Depending on how they frame their messaging around vaccination, doctors can often be the deciding factor.
Fall armyworm devouring a soybean leaf.
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This year’s unprecedented fall armyworm invasion has laid waste to lawns, athletic fields and crops. Is it a fluke? When will it end?
Thousands of the satellites orbiting Earth are small – like this cubical satellite seen here being released from the International Space Station.
In the past decade, the number of satellites in orbit has skyrocketed thanks to tiny electronics and cheap launches. The crowded night sky is posing problems for astronomers and astronauts.
When asked how she wanted to be remembered, Tammy Faye replied, “My eyelashes and my walk with the Lord.”
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The subject of a new biopic, Tammy Faye was a televangelist icon. But she also represented another side of the evangelical coin – one that was big-hearted, vulnerable and accepting.
Teachers have faced high levels of stress and burnout throughout the pandemic.
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Health concerns, being older than 55 and having to switch to online or hybrid lessons were all factors that made some teachers want to quit or retire.
Reducing fossil use and increasing renewable energy worldwide are crucial to both sustainable development and fighting climate change.
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Energy and climate policies aren’t always headed in the same direction, but if they work together they can tackle two of the biggest challenges of our time.
The U.S. Capitol Police are making security preparations for the planned rally.
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Groups who share support for white supremacy say they are planning to return to the nation’s capital for a demonstration to support those arrested for their roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Schools in predominantly Black communities receive less funding, even though Black homeowners pay higher tax rates.
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A school finance expert and an education law scholar make the case for why reparations should be paid to African Americans by changing the way schools are funded.
Protesters at an anti-vaccine rally in Pennsylvania in August 2021.
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Republicans are four times as likely as Democrats to say they’re not going to get the COVID-19 vaccine. What’s behind the polarization of who trusts or denies science?
Four people – none of them trained astronauts – launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule on Sept. 15, 2021.
The Inspiration4 mission sent four civilians to space for three days. Though still funded by a billionaire, the mission is a step forward in the nascent space tourism industry.
Gavin Newsom’s victory could provide a national strategy for Democrats.
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The state’s Democratic governor held off an attempt to oust him by some margin. His victory provides a pathway for the national party, and a reminder of the mobilizing power of the state.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the biggest orbital telescope ever built and is scheduled to be launched into space on Dec. 18, 2021.
The largest orbital telescope ever made will allow astronomers to study the atmospheres of alien planets, learn about how stars form in the Milky Way and peer into the farthest reaches of the universe.
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.
In the early 1960s, Barry Goldwater, a Republican U.S. senator from Arizona, called for the GOP to adopt racist principles.
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For much of the country’s history, the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and racial equality, and the Democratic Party backed Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. The two parties switched.
People around the world mourned loved ones on International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, 2021.
False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.