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Science Jan 19The high-tech coating that makes ketchup, toothpaste and glue glide out of the container
Getting ketchup out of the bottle wasn't always so smooth or easy. But a coating material called LiquiGlide, originally invented to solve a problem in the oil industry, cuts the natural friction and tension between liquids and solids, allowing you…
Nation Jan 14Puerto Rico energy authority investigates dozens of post-Maria bribery cases
The employees under investigation are accused of requesting money in exchange for restoring energy to houses or businesses, as Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
Science Jan 01These tiny satellites, equipped with ion thrusters, could change how we explore space
An engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wants to explore the cosmos with CubeSats and ion engines inspired by static electricity.
Science Jan 01How to visit Mars with a tiny satellite and static electricity
Cubesats, low-cost, bite-sized satellites inspired by the tubes used to hold Beanie Babies, were invented in 1999 as educational tools. Now, aerospace suppliers and governments across the globe see the tools as the future of space commercialization and deep space…
Science Dec 13Babies born closer to fracking sites are more likely to be underweight
Low birth weight, defined as being born under 5.5 pounds, has previously been linked with an increased risk of childhood mortality and poorer educational outcomes.
Science Dec 11Fentanyl is so potent doctors don’t know how to fight it
Russia once used fentanyl as a biological weapon. Now, illicit use of the lethal opioid is hindering therapy.
Science Dec 07Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall changed how we saw primates. These new movies change how we see them
Two new documentaries on Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall spotlight the complicated and contrasting paths they took toward scientific greatness.
Nation Nov 23Football fans in Iowa find a way to bring joy to young patients at a nearby hospital
For some families at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the world outside. The Kohn family has spent more than 300 days in the children’s ward, while their young son waits for…
Science Oct 262.1 million Americans use water wells with hazardous levels of arsenic, USGS estimates
While arsenic is an ancient health threat, this analysis offers one of the first nationwide appraisals for the groundwater contaminant and spotlights regulatory gaps in the nation’s water infrastructure.
Science Oct 25Fact or fiction: Do redheads feel more pain?
Redheads are rumored feel more pain and need more painkillers than their blonde and brown-haired cousins, but the science itself is murky.