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Dec 12, 2022

Fossil-Sorting Robots Will Help Researchers Study Oceans, Climate

The new tech automates a tedious process that plays a key role in ocean and climate research. 

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Oct 17, 2022

New Approach Would Improve User Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The goal of the dynamic computational tool is to make EVs more attractive for drivers. 

a line of protesters in dark clothing carry yellow signs that read "human trafficking happens here"

Oct 12, 2022

New Computational Tools to Help Target Sex, Labor Trafficking Operations

The tools use publicly available data to identify businesses that are most likely to be violating human trafficking laws. 

a mother bear and cub rest on a beach

Sep 22, 2022

Gut Microbiomes Help Bears With Very Different Diets Reach the Same Size

The study offers insights that will inform wildlife management. 

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Sep 13, 2022

Study Outlines Steps To Reduce ‘Cybervetting’ Bias in Hiring

Failing to regulate cybervetting can introduce bias into hiring processes and hurt a company’s bottom line. 

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Sep 7, 2022

Exploring the Social, Ethical Sides of Microbiome Engineering

How could (and should) we reduce the number of harmful microbes while encouraging beneficial ones? 

an adult brown bear and cub stand on a small spit of land with a lake on three sides

Apr 8, 2022

What Shapes Gut Microbiomes of Alaska’s Brown Bears? Location, Location, Location

The finding helps us understand the relationship between wildlife habitat, diet and gut microbiome diversity. 

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Apr 4, 2022

Study Finds Empowering Workers Can Backfire

If institutional obstacles make it difficult for workers to thrive, empowering them can lead to unethical behavior. 

rows of vials containing covid-19 vaccine

Apr 1, 2022

Researchers Roll Out Data on COVID Vaccine Distribution and Waste

The researchers hope others can use the data to improve vaccination efforts in the future. 

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Jan 24, 2022

Study Demonstrates Accuracy of Less Invasive Technique for Monitoring Elephant Health

The technique uses dried spots of blood to measure health indicators. 

computer-generated image of what the inside of St. Paul's Cathedral would have looked like in 1622, looking up from the floor toward the vaulted ceiling in the cathedral's tower

Oct 5, 2021

Recreating the Sights and Sounds of 17th Century London

The project helps us place the art, literature and history of the period into context. 

aerial view of a farmhouse, vehicles and outbuildings during a flood. all of the structures are submerged, leaving only roofs exposed

Aug 24, 2021

Human, Swine Waste Pose Dual Threats to Water Quality After Flooding

People in eastern NC face multiple water pollution hazards after hurricanes. 

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Aug 23, 2021

Study: Benefits Outweigh Risks for Autonomous Vehicles – As Long As You Regulate Them

The potential benefits of autonomous vehicles could substantially outweigh the risks. 

a table covered in tasty foods

Jun 14, 2021

The Evolution of Good Taste

Does evolution explain why we love salty potato chips? 

illustration shows a double helix that is DNA from one angle and a computer chip from another angle

Jun 10, 2021

New Twist on DNA Data Storage Lets Users Preview Stored Files

Researchers have turned a longstanding challenge in DNA data storage into a useful tool.