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How decorating for Christmas sends people to the ER

Christmas tree

Holiday season revelers beware. Lights, ornaments and Christmas trees may land you in the emergency room. More than an estimated 173,000 people in the United States were injured by Christmas trees, lights and other holiday-related decorations from 2007 to 2016. Even visiting Santa resulted in an estimated 277 children being injured, …

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3-D Printing on Mars – Scientific American Blog Network

Colonizing Mars, once an impossible dream, is slowly getting closer to reality, thanks to successes such as NASA’s recent landing of the Insight robot. 3-D printing will be an important part of making that happen. The International Space Station (ISS) has been using printers for years to make special tools, and …

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Device that works like a lung makes clean fuel from water

A hydrogen bus

A device inspired by human lungs can split water into oxygen and hydrogen Agencja Fotograficzna Caro / Alamy By Chelsea Whyte Human lungs move gas through a thin membrane, extracting oxygen and sending it into our blood stream. Now a device uses the same principle to power the reactions used …

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You don’t have to delete Facebook, but you could definitely be using it better

When I first wrote this post earlier this year, Facebook was dealing with the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which was the companies largest privacy-related issue to date. A flawed platform app system allowed the wrong people to gather information about tens of millions of Facebook users over the …

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The Scicurious blog is dead. Long live the blog.

The End carved in sand on the beach

To blog, or not to blog? Young scientists and aspiring writers and communicators ask me this question frequently. If they want to try their hand at science writing, science communication and science journalism, shouldn’t they start a blog? Shouldn’t they start producing content immediately? After all, the best way to …

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Frog Picks Maternity Ward Like Goldilocks

In the jungle, home is anywhere you can raise your babies—while trying not to get gobbled up by somebody else. Take a tiny creature from Brazil whose name is longer than it is: the Bahia’s broad-snout casque-headed tree frog. It likes to hang out in the little ponds that form …

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There’ll be a domino effect as we trigger ecosystem tipping points

iceberg

Massive icebergs are one sign that change is on the wayNASA/ Brooke Medley By Michael Le Page There are lots of tipping points in ecosystems and the climate, and many are interconnected. That means the massive changes we are wreaking will have many unexpected consequences. “The world is a much …

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The inventors of the polar bear treadmill are back with a new scientific contraption

The endlessly patient creators of the bear treadmill are bringing you another animal research invention: the polar bear swim chamber. Ice in the Arctic continues to melt earlier, freeze later, and cover less area than ever before. That means polar bears find themselves traveling much longer distances by land—and sea—to …

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More plants survived the world’s greatest mass extinction than thought

conifer fossil

Some ancient plants were survivors. A collection of roughly 255-million-year-old fossils suggests that three major plant groups existed earlier than previously thought, and made it through a mass extinction that wiped out more than 90 percent of Earth’s marine species and roughly 70 percent of land vertebrates. The fossils, described …

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Is the Psychology of Deadly Force Ready for the Courts?

On October 2, 2018, police psychologist Laurence Miller took the stand to testify in the defense of Jason Van Dyke, a white police officer who shot Laquan McDonald, a black teenager from Chicago’s West Side, in 2014. The facts of the case didn’t look good for Van Dyke. A 13-year …

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