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Axiom Space Names First Private Crew to Visit Space Station

The crew of the first entirely-private orbital space mission will include the second oldest person to launch into space, the second Israeli in space, the 11th Canadian to fly into space and the first former NASA astronaut to return to the International Read more…


Biden Elevates Science in Week One Actions

Since taking office on January 20, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have signaled a clear commitment to science and pledged sweeping initiatives to reestablish and elevate its role in the federal government. President Biden immediately nominated scientists Read more…


Farm Protests in India Are Writing the Green Revolution's Obituary

In September 2020, India’s Narendra Modi government circumvented parliamentary procedures to push through three bills that eased restrictions on private players in agricultural markets. The move enraged farmers—especially in the northwestern state of Punjab, an epicenter of the Green Revolution Read more…


Giant Galaxies from the Universe's Childhood Challenge Cosmic Origin Stories

Recently an international team of astronomers traveled back in time to when our universe was just 1.8 billion years old. They did not go directly, of course, but settled for the next best thing: gathering 17 hours’ worth of starlight Read more…


Did a Supermassive Black Hole Influence the Evolution of Life on Earth?

In 1939, Albert Einstein published a paper in Annals of Mathematics, arguing that black holes do not exist in nature. A quarter of a century later, Maarten Schmidt discovered quasars as powerful sources of light at cosmological distances. These enigmatic Read more…


Newly Studied Proteins Expand CRISPR's Editing Range

The DNA-editing system CRISPR-Cas9 is revolutionizing how scientists approach genetic problems and diseases. Most researchers use a particular version of the Cas9 protein, derived from the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, to alter DNA. But other microbes carry their own versions, which Read more…


Why Anthropology Matters

In 2012, both Kiplinger and Forbes ranked anthropology as the least valuable undergraduate major, unleashing a small wave of indignation as many outside the field rushed to defend the study of culture as ideal preparation for any life or career in an Read more…


Astronomer Avi Loeb Says Aliens Have Visited, and He's Not Kidding

Avi Loeb is no stranger to controversy. The prolific Harvard University astrophysicist has produced pioneering and provocative research on black holes, gamma-ray bursts, the early universe and other standard topics of his field. But for more than a decade he Read more…


Scientists Need to Be Kinder to One Another

One unanticipated consequence of the current pandemic is that many scientists are cutting one another some slack. Journal editors have become more relaxed about deadlines, funding agencies are granting extensions with little or no explanation needed, and universities have given Read more…

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