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Author: Matt Shipman

three images capture beetle larvae at various stages of jumping; a fourth image shows the trajectory of a larva's leap

Jan 19, 2022

Scientists Find Previously Unknown Jumping Behavior in Insects

There is evidence that this jumping behavior is occurring in a range of species – we just haven’t noticed it before. 

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Jan 19, 2022

Study IDs Visual Characteristics That Make People ‘Like’ Images on Instagram

The visual complexity of images has a significant effect on whether viewers engage with a social media post. 

early 20th century photo of a Japanese couple sitting in chairs

Jan 18, 2022

The Future of History: How New Tools Tap Into Diverse Perspectives on the Past

Digital tools and technologies are unlocking new ways of helping us explore and understand our past. 

woman with red hair puts band-aid on black woman wearing a face mask; the image suggests that the black woman just received her vaccine shot

Jan 12, 2022

What the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taught Us About Flu Vaccines

A lot needs to be done if we want to be prepared for a potential influenza pandemic. 

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Jan 11, 2022

Study Finds Distinct Gut Microbiomes in Male and Female Carnivores

The finding suggests there is an unexpected sexual distinction in the gut microbiomes of carnivores. 

painting of the early 20th century industrial center in Youngstown, Ohio

Jan 11, 2022

Greening the Rust Belt: An Unexpected Link Between Manufacturing and Sustainability

Study highlights the role economic transitions play in fostering sustainability. 

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Jan 7, 2022

Is ‘Flurona’ Even a Real Thing? What’s That All About?

TL;DR: Not really. 

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Jan 4, 2022

Forensic Researchers Call for Proactive Efforts to Address Racism

The call responds to issues of systemic racism highlighted by the BLM movement. 

cartoon shows bear with a fish in its mouth thinking about donuts

Jan 3, 2022

Study Finds Reduced Microbial Diversity in Guts of Wild Bears That Eat Human Food

Eating human food appears to reduce microbial diversity in the guts of wild bears. 

Photo looks out across the water at a series of windmills and the smokestacks of a power plant

Dec 17, 2021

Voluntary Pledges Could Cut Utility GHG Emissions by a Third

About one-seventh of the promised cuts are mandated by state requirements. 

six still images show how a strip of material moves in response to changing temperatures

Dec 13, 2021

Technique Speeds Up Thermal Actuation for Soft Robotics

A new design for thermal actuators allows rapid movement in soft robotic devices. 

Two children sit on a dock; one child is facing away, the other has her head bowed

Dec 8, 2021

Study Outlines Ways to Help Children Learn Forgiveness

Teaching children to understand other people’s perspectives could make it easier for them to learn forgiveness. 

Black man sitting on a city bench looking sad

Dec 6, 2021

Pandemic Stress Affects Black Adults More Than Their White Peers

The study also found younger white adults were less adversely affected by COVID stress than older white adults. 

white-tailed deer standing in a field near the woods

Dec 2, 2021

Deer Can Catch COVID. Here’s What Hunters Should Know.

There are simple things hunters can do to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 from deer. 

young girl reading a picture book

Dec 2, 2021

Studies of Children’s Stories Shows Differences in Russian, U.S. Approaches to Emotion

Russian parents are more likely than U.S. parents to read stories to their children that feature negative emotions.