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Scientists recreated a key step for the origin of life at hydrothermal vents

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Simulating alkaline environments from 3 billion years ago showed formation of precursor cells is possible

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

Robotic skins might enable the next generation of space exploration

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Shi En Kim, University of Chicago

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Melting sea ice gives phytoplankton the space to pump out cloud-forming gasses

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With warming temperatures, microscopic plankton are creating big clouds that could further affect Arctic temperatures

Elisa Bonnin, University of Washington

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Fights are good for science. Just ask Elizabeth Nolan or Louis Pasteur

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Lauren Gandy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Meet Dr. Gladys West, the hidden figure behind your phone's GPS

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Gladys West is one of the reasons why you can receive driving directions from your phone or tag a photo location on Instagram

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds, McGill University

To stop pancreatic cancer from spreading, cut out the chatter

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Max Levy, University of Colorado Boulder

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Connecting brains to machines may let bacteria come along for the ride

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Amy Nippert, University of Minnesota

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Here's why many CRISPR/Cas9 experiments could be wrong – and how to fix them

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Nicholas McCarty, California Institute of Technology

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Miniature brains the size of a pea are sending out brainwaves for the first time

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Thiago Arzua, Medical College of Wisconsin

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Irresponsible scientific research and media portrayals are hurting trans people. Do better

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Avoid essentialist biases and treat all identities, non-binary, gender nonconforming, trans, or cis, as equally valid

Elysa Carr, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Cats communicate with the help of bacteria living in their butts

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Lauren Sara McKee, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Huge genetic databases are hurting marginalized people's health

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Rebecca Muir, University College London

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Can AI help diagnose depression? It's a long shot

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Alejandra Canales, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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