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From Episode: Dinosaur Buttholes, Moon Radio Waves, Gynandromorphs and The Screen Time Fallacy

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Could new COVID variants undermine vaccines? Labs scramble to find out

Researchers race to determine why lineages identified in Britain and South Africa spread so quickly and whether they’ll compromise vaccines.

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The false promise of herd immunity for COVID-19

Why proposals to largely let the virus run its course — embraced by Donald Trump’s administration and others — could bring “untold death and suffering”.

COVID-19 will likely be with us forever. Here's how we'll live with it.

Eventually, the virus could become a much milder illness—but for now, vaccination and surveillance are critical to end the pandemic phase.

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Scientists show what loneliness looks like in the brain

Neural 'signature' may reflect how we respond to feelings of social isolation


There’s a right and wrong way to be bored

The doldrums can be helpful when it comes to creativity, but chronic boredom isn’t so positive.

What do we really know about kids and screens?

Research by psychologists and others is giving us a better understanding of the risks and potential benefits of children’s and teens’ use of digital devices

What Does a Screen Do?

The dangers linked to screen time for babies, kids, and teens are well-known. But is screen time really what’s causing them?

Kids Are Not Hurt by Screen Time

A study finds no deleterious effects on mental health when kids spend their leisure time texting and engaging in other online activities.

Turn off that camera during virtual meetings, environmental study says

Simple tips to go green with your internet use during a pandemic

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Can some fungi clean up plastic pollution?

Some fungi growing on plastic debris in Lake Zurich are capable of breaking down certain types of plastic

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Using Reishi mushrooms to filter methane out of the atmosphere

Both living and dead fungi were tested for their ability to capture methane from the atmosphere. Surprisingly, dead fungi performed the best and have high potential for reducing methane levels.

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Giant worms may have burrowed into the ancient seafloor to ambush prey

Trace fossils are possible evidence of predatory behavior similar to modern bobbit worms

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This rare bird is male on one side and female on the other

Male rose-breasted grosbeaks have some red-pink feathers while females’ are yellow and brown


This fossilized butthole gives us a rare window into dinosaur sex

The cloaca is the hole-y grail to understanding prehistoric copulation.