WIRED Science: Space, Health, Biotech, and More

WIRED Science: Space, Health, Biotech, and More

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August 5, 2022 8 min
Getting a scan usually means a visit to a doctor and some giant equipment. What if that gear was wearable?
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Heavenly bodies are always in motion: Pushing back the asteroid probe’s blastoff date could require a new trajectory, longer travel time, and much more power.
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The state plans to roll out “biosimilars” that mimic brand-name versions at a dramatically reduced price.
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The strategy prioritizes inoculating an infected person’s closest contacts, but it can’t succeed without good contact tracing and enough vaccines.
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Climate change is reducing output and raising safety concerns at nuclear facilities from France to the US. But experts say adapting is possible—and necessary.
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Climate change has primed the landscape to burn. But human migration has made Europe’s wildfires increasingly catastrophic.
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After 11 people were killed and eight hospitalized by a glacier in early July, Italian scientists are asking how future tragedies can be avoided.
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Scores of bills in US states aim to block medical treatments for trans youth. But research shows that these bans could have dire consequences.
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7/26 New data shows that several types of the shelled reptiles can slow—and even stop—aging if the environmental conditions are right.
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The loss of sea ice is exposing darker waters, which absorb more of the sun’s energy. It’s a devastating feedback loop with major consequences for the planet.
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Higher nighttime temperatures don’t just make it harder to drift off, they can disrupt your sleep cycles and leave you with low-quality rest.
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As the world converts to electric vehicles and renewable energy, molecular tweaks to aluminum could improve its conductivity.
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Air conditioning saves lives. But as the planet warms, more AC use stresses the grid and drives up emissions, accelerating climate change.
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Sea cucumbers are squishy and soft. They also employ lethal strategies to protect themselves.
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The deposits discovered reportedly contain enough resources to meet global demand for 1,000 years—surpassing even China’s reserves. But experts are skeptical.
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A recent study suggests that gains during the summer breeding season are making up for losses during migration. But the insects’ fate is far from assured.
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Under the Constitution, federal laws overrule state ones. But challenges to medication abortion will test the agency’s ability to make nationwide regulations.
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Powering plant growth with solar panels instead of photosynthesis could be a more efficient way of using the sun’s energy for food. But it’s not all good news.
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Scientists are getting closer to understanding the neurology behind the memory problems and cognitive fuzziness that an infection can trigger.
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Scientists show how microbes living in a salty spring near the North Pole might resemble those that could have survived on the Red Planet—or in ocean worlds.
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