Thinking about issues’ impact on their own lives can help people envision more common ground.
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Changing the ‘psychological distance’ someone feels toward an issue can shift their attitudes in ways that might help people on opposite sides of an issue see more eye to eye.
The cut flowers could pay for themselves and even turn a profit.
Phosphorus and nitrogen contribute to water pollution and cause harmful algal blooms. New research shows how mats of floating flower beds can take advantage of these nutrients while cleaning the water.
Cutaway view of a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle showing part of its battery array (silver boxes).
Lithium-ion battery fires are becoming increasingly common as electric vehicles spread, and are hard to extinguish. A new approach uses an electrolyte based on a commercial fire extinguisher.
Students reported some curious mental effects when using AI to generate ideas.
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A study in which students brainstormed all the uses of a paper clip shows that AI can both enhance and harm the creative process.
How a political opponent acted didn’t change participants’ harsh moral judgments.
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With growing polarization, political attitudes have begun to coincide with moral convictions. Partisans increasingly view each other as immoral. New research reveals the depth of that conviction.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought telehealth into the mainstream.
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People of color, young people and those with low incomes tend to benefit most from telehealth abortion.
You may hardly feel a raindrop, but for some tiny insects, one drop can have an intense impact.
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Microplastic pollution is a growing problem − one lab is looking at tiny insects as inspiration for how these pollutants might move through water.
People may be surprised when they read a nutrition label on a bottle of wine. The industry should take note.
Drone deliveries would be particularly effective in places where emergency responders can’t respond quickly.
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The study discovered that nonmedical personnel can provide the naloxone to an overdose victim in about one minute.
Biscayne Bay is home to more than 30 endangered or at-risk species.
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A survey of Miami-Dade residents found bipartisan support for protecting Biscayne Bay − though most locals were not aware of the extent of its decline in recent years.
Otters and other semiaquatic mammals can keep clean even in dirty water.
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The bottoms of boats and docks can accumulate lots of dirt, but semiaquatic animals like otters avoid having ‘fouled’ fur. Their secret could one day help keep underwater infrastructure clean.
Fruit bats have honed their sweet tooth through adaptive evolution.
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Fruit bats can eat up to twice their body weight in fruit a day. But their genes and cells evolved to process all that sugar without any health consequences − a feat drug developers can learn from.
Emotions often run high during the Super Bowl – and that includes during the commercial breaks.
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Researchers examined the emotional content of nearly 300 Super Bowl ads that aired from 2018 to 2022.
Effects of legalization on college application rates are short term.
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New research shows colleges attract interest from higher-caliber students when the schools’ home states allow their citizens to get high.
Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are green and not so green.
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An interdisciplinary group of researchers at Penn State ran computer models on two Philadelphia census tracts. The neighborhood with more vulnerable residents was also hotter.
The New York City borough of Manhattan at night, viewed from the Rockefeller Center observation deck.
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Migrating birds need stopover locations en route where they can rest and feed. A new study shows that artificial light draws them away from sites they would normally use and into risky zones.
Will AI play a bigger professional development role for schoolteachers?
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New research suggests artificial intelligence can make professional development programs more accessible and effective.
Scientists still debate the origins of Earth’s life-sustaining elements.
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Scientists analyzing isotope ratios have found that many of the elements that make up life could be left over from Earth’s formation.
As suburbs encroach on farmland, residents’ risk of exposure to farm chemicals rises.
New research provides evidence for the first time that the primary chemical in Roundup is reaching people in nearby homes, and it isn’t just from the food they eat.
A lead pipe in the kitchen ceiling of a home in Newark, N.J.
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For a project on identifying lead water pipes in homes, outreach through partner groups produced a more representative set of volunteers.