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COVID-19: The Need for Secure Labs—and Their Risks

Coronavirus research requires high-containment labs. Journalist Elisabeth Eaves talks with Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs about her article “The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs,” a joint project of the New Yorker and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ...

April 3, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky

Wasp Nests Help Date Aboriginal Art

Art created by Australian Aboriginal people used organic carbon-free pigments, but wasp nests above or below the art can be used for radiocarbon dating that supplies boundaries for the age of artworks...

February 19, 2020 — Susanne Bard

The Supercool Materials That Send Heat to Space

Paints, plastics and even wood can be engineered to stay cool in direct sunlight—but their role in displacing power-hungry air conditioners remains unclear

February 17, 2020 — XiaoZhi Lim and Nature magazine

Fingering Fake Whiskeys with Isotopes

Whiskeys claimed to be from the 19th century are revealed to be made with much more recently grown barley, thanks to the unique isotopic fingerprint of the nuclear-testing era.  

February 6, 2020 — Eliene Augenbraun

How to Make a Mass Extinction

Journalist and author Peter Brannen talks about his book The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions ...

January 30, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Science News Briefs from around the Globe

A few brief reports about international science and technology from Indonesia to Spain, including one from Brazil about the highest-voltage electric eel ever discovered.

January 5, 2020 — Sarah Lewin Frasier

Fido’s Human Age Gets New Estimates

By comparing how DNA gets altered over the lifetimes of people and dogs, researchers came up with a new way to compare canine years with human years.

December 27, 2019 — Eliene Augenbraun

Superstrong Fibers Could Be Hairy Situation

Human hair tested stronger than thicker fibers from elephants, boars and giraffes, providing clues to materials scientists hoping to make superstrong synthetic fibers.

December 24, 2019 — Susanne Bard
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