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- The U.S.’s first open-air genetically modified mosquitoes have taken flightby Susan Milius on May 14, 2021 at 2:53 pm
After a decade of argument, Oxitec pits genetically modified mosquitoes against Florida’s spreaders of dengue and Zika.
- Elephants are dying in droves in Botswana. Scientists don’t know whyby Tawanda Karombo on May 14, 2021 at 10:00 am
Some type of pathogen may be behind the recent deaths of 39 elephants, a new wave that follows 350 deaths last summer.
- Rivers might not be as resilient to drought as once thoughtby Carolyn Gramling on May 13, 2021 at 6:18 pm
Seven years after Australia’s Millennium drought, water flow in many rivers isn’t returning to predrought levels.
- A study of Earth’s crust hints that supernovas aren’t gold minesby Emily Conover on May 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Supernovas aren’t the main source of gold, silver and other heavy elements, a study of deep-sea crust suggests.
- Brain implants turn imagined handwriting into text on a screenby Anushree Dave on May 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm
A person who was paralyzed from the neck down was able to communicate, thanks to brain-to-text technology.
- Small bribes may help people build healthy handwashing habitsby Sujata Gupta on May 12, 2021 at 11:00 am
Getting people to wash their hands is notoriously difficult. Doling out nice soap dispensers and rewards helps people develop the habit.
- As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we answer 7 lingering vaccine questionsby Erin Garcia de Jesús on May 11, 2021 at 4:46 pm
As U.S. vaccination efforts shift to get shots to the hard-to-reach, we take a look at some big questions about vaccines that still remain.
- Morphing noodles start flat but bend into curly pasta shapes as they’re cookedby Emily Conover on May 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Shape-shifting pasta could potentially cut down on packaging and save space during shipping.
- Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new. Here’s the damage it’s done over centuriesby Tara Haelle on May 11, 2021 at 10:00 am
Pockets of people have railed against vaccines as long as the preventives have existed.
- Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine recommended for adolescents by CDC committeeby Tina Hesman Saey on May 10, 2021 at 10:15 pm
With the vaccine cleared for high schoolers and many middle schoolers, focus now turns to clinical trials testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger kids.
Science Museum Blog News and insights from the Science Museum in London.
- Our Future Planetby Guest authors on May 13, 2021 at 7:19 am
Exhibition adviser Bob Ward reflects on Our Future Planet as the exhibition opens to the public. The post Our Future Planet appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
- Flying on Marsby Doug Millard on April 19, 2021 at 2:14 pm
Today, NASA was able to successfully fly a small helicopter on Mars. Space curator Doug Millard explores this historical moment. The post Flying on Mars appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
- First Man in Spaceby Doug Millard on April 12, 2021 at 11:18 am
On the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest milestones in space exploration, Deputy Keeper of Technologies and Engineering Doug Millard looks back at the celebrations that followed cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic mission. The post First Man in Space appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
- Happy birthday, Mary Jacksonby Heather Bennett on April 9, 2021 at 4:00 am
Today marks the 100th birthday of Mary Jackson, NASA’s first black female engineer and one of their ‘Hidden Figures’. The post Happy birthday, Mary Jackson appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
- Changing the gameby Lorna Hutchman on April 8, 2021 at 7:19 am
As part of our Open for All series, Marketing Officer Lorna Hutchman explores the advances in accessibility that are creating a more inclusive gaming industry. The post Changing the game appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
SAPIENS Anthropology / Everything Human
- How Museums Can Do More Than Just Repatriate Objectsby Stephen E. Nash on May 13, 2021 at 12:08 pm
It is beautiful when museums go beyond returning objects toward “propatriation”—collaborating to commission new objects for display. The post How Museums Can Do More Than Just Repatriate Objects appeared first on SAPIENS.
- Why We Need a Truth Commission on White Supremacyby Alexander Hinton on May 12, 2021 at 11:20 am
The U.S. should learn from transitional justice initiatives in other countries and implement a formal plan to reckon with the deeply harmful legacies of racism and European colonialism. The post Why We Need a Truth Commission on White Supremacy appeared first on SAPIENS.
- Reimagining Rock Art in Southern Africaby David M. Witelson, David Lewis-Williams, David Pearce, and Sam Challis on May 11, 2021 at 11:45 am
With the help of key contemporary ethnographic texts about modern San peoples, archaeologists are reconsidering the meaning of cave paintings created by ancient San in a new—and sacred—light. The post Reimagining Rock Art in Southern Africa appeared first on SAPIENS.
- Anti-Asian Racism’s Deep Roots in the United Statesby Emily Sekine on May 6, 2021 at 11:27 am
SAPIENS talks with anthropologist Kyeyoung Park about anti-Asian violence and Asian Americans’ fraught sense of belonging in the U.S. The post Anti-Asian Racism’s Deep Roots in the United States appeared first on SAPIENS.
- An Archaeologist on the Railroad of Deathby Cyler Conrad on May 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm
The 1950s Hollywood movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, about a Japanese POW camp during World War II, nearly contained a fascinating side story about a dedicated archaeologist prisoner. Hendrik Robert van Heekeren deserves the spotlight. The post An Archaeologist on the Railroad of Death appeared first on SAPIENS.
- Kamala Harris’ Refusal of the One-Drop Ruleby Yolanda Moses on May 4, 2021 at 2:33 pm
Vice President Harris’ views on her identity are pushing the U.S. public to look beyond entrenched, problematic racial boundaries. The post Kamala Harris’ Refusal of the One-Drop Rule appeared first on SAPIENS.