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3 ways to use gamification to engage students

Gamification can help students overcome some of the troubles that accompany virtual...

The universe might have a fundamental clock that ticks very, very fast

Like a metronome that sets the tempo for a musician, a fundamental...

A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes

Scientists can’t yet rebuild someone with bionic body parts. They don’t have...

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Interstellar comet Borisov has an unexpected amount of carbon monoxide

Second visitor from the stars has three times the CO relative to H2O than any local comets Comet 2I/Borisov,...

An ancient magma ocean may have once driven Earth’s magnetic field

Billions of years ago, Earth’s magnetic field may have gotten a jump-start from a turbulent magma ocean swirling around the planet’s core.

Google officially lays claim to quantum supremacy

Quantum supremacy is here, researchers from Google claim. For the first time, a quantum computer has solved a problem...

Another COVID-19 vaccine success? Candidate may prevent further coronavirus transmission, too

A third COVID-19 vaccine candidate has convincing evidence that it works, and it may be easier to distribute and cheaper than the...

‘The Idea of the Brain’ explores the evolution of neuroscience

Neuroscientists love a good metaphor. Through the years, plumbing, telegraph wires and computers have all been enlisted to help explain how the...

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The largest Arctic ozone hole ever measured is hovering over the North Pole

A curious confluence of atmospheric events has produced the largest ozone hole ever measured over the Arctic. A powerful...

A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes

Scientists can’t yet rebuild someone with bionic body parts. They don’t have the technology. But a new artificial eye brings cyborgs one...

Could a global ‘observatory’ of blood help stop the next pandemic?

Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center. Michael Mina is out for blood–millions of samples, which a...

Heavy metal may rain from the skies of planet WASP 76b

On one distant world, “heavy metal” could be a weather forecast. Telescope observations indicate that an exoplanet nearly 400 light-years away has...

Red giant stars that eat planets might shine less brightly

When giant stars eat giant planets, their starlight may shine a bit less brightly. That dimming could affect how astronomers measure distances...