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A selection of fact-based journalism from 2022, covering topics ranging from super-earths to mosquito magnets, and from why we need to file tax returns to why we can’t just throw all our trash into volcanoes.
Could schools be putting a damper on children’s curiosity?
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A philosophy professor looks at the learning styles of different creatures to gain insight into curiosity among human beings.
If women see other women pursuing and being successful in an entrepreneurial environment, they are more likely to follow that path themselves.
Baby talk is cute when used with babies. But when adults converse with each other? Not so much.
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As many as two-thirds of couples do it.
Creativity has many academic, professional and personal benefits.
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Art classes and STEM toys are nice, but there are simple and free ways parents can encourage their child’s creativity – or keep it from getting squashed.
Some of the dishes that make up the Square Kilometre Array’s radio telescope system. This kind of “blue skies” research can have great real-world value.
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The pandemic has underscored that the world requires agility for survival. That makes blue skies science, which encourages curiosity and nimble thinking, perhaps more important than ever.
Your voice, when played back to you, can sound unrecognizable.
If you’ve ever cringed after hearing a recording of yourself, you’re not alone.
A person’s resting metabolism is very sensitive to temperature, and offices are often too cold for people.
Going back to work at an office? An expert explains how the relatively cool temperature many offices are kept at may affect your body – and your health.
Leeuwenhoek refined the magnifying glass, creating the world’s first microscope.
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Van Leeuwenhoek, who discovered bacteria, is one of the most important figures in the history of medicine, laying the groundwork for today’s understanding of infectious disease.
The Wi-Fi symbol, like the technology it represents, has become ubiquitous.
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Wi-Fi has become a fundamental part of modern digital life, but its foundation is the same as the technology that allowed your great-grandparents to listen to their favorite radio programs.
One of the most common reactions during a crisis is the urge to help others. Here a health-care worker watches as the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are delivered to a long-term care facility in Montréal.
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While the world is dealing with the biggest health emergency in more than a century, the way people have reacted to the crisis is familiar and predictable.
Sensors in smoke detectors monitor how particles in the air affect a flow of current to the battery.
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An electrical engineer explains how smoke detectors work, and how to reduce the chances of a false positive.
All predictions, whether scientific or political, include uncertainty.
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Whether you are predicting the outcome of an election or studying how effective a new drug is, there will always be some uncertainty. A margin of error is how statisticians measure that uncertainty.
It’s no fun to exercise if you wind up doubled over with gastrointestinal problems.
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You’re working out, feeling great – until your stomach starts to churn and you’re sidelined with a bout of nausea. Here’s what’s happening in your body and how to avoid this common effect of exercise.
Getting the job done. A female Asian water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus) produced a daughter (left) without the assistance of a male.
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Parthenogenesis, a form of reproduction in which an egg develops into an embryo without being fertilized by sperm, might be more common than you realized.
Infrared sensors make it possible to measure a person’s body temperature without touching the person’s body.
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Sensors are everywhere, from your phone to your medicine cabinet. Here’s how they turn events in the physical world into words and numbers.
A variety of clues can tip off archaeologists about a promising spot for excavation.
Archaeologists used to dig primarily at sites that were easy to find thanks to obvious visual clues. But technology – and listening to local people – plays a much bigger role now.
Some places, like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal, produce freakishly huge waves.
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Some beaches in the world tend to consistently produce huge waves. Places like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal and Mavericks in California are famous for their waves because of the shape of the seafloor.
The older you get, the more slowly you heal, and there are a number of reasons why.
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Healing is a complicated process. As people age, higher rates of disease and the fact that old cells lose the ability to divide slow this process down.