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latest advancements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including medical breakthroughs, space exploration, and new gadgets and software.

‘The Creator’ Review: It’s AI That Wants to Save Humanity

robots have been depicted in movies for more than a century, but the anxieties about artificial intelligence that they used to convey are no longer theoretical. There’s a bill in US Congress right now to stop AI from gaining control of nuclear weapons, and roughly a dozen militaries around the world are investigating the possibilities …

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Stop Trying to ‘Find’ Your Passion–There’s a Better Way to Love What You Do

“Find your passion!” Whether we hear it from our parents, teachers, bosses or college commencement speakers, this injunction is woven into the fabric of American culture. It is well-intended and meant to inspire. But is it good advice? “Finding” a passion implies that it already exists fully formed and is simply waiting to be discovered. …

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Eaten, Crushed or Starved; Male Tarantulas Trade Their Life to Impregnate a Mate

On an early evening in September, 16 dark, hairy legs were kicking up dust on the prairie floor in La Junta, Colo. A male Oklahoma brown tarantula was locked in a heated mating match with a female twice his age. Although weary, he plunged a set of hooks that had recently grown on his front …

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Controversy Surrounds Blockbuster Superconductivity Claim

Editor’s Note (9/29/23): This article from March 10 reported on a study claiming the discovery of room-temperature superconducting material that was published in Nature. Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported that nearly three quarters of that paper’s co-authors had contacted the publisher to ask that the study be retracted because it had flaws. …

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Government Shutdown Could Delay Climate Action

CLIMATEWIRE | EPA was already facing a mad dash to complete climate rules in the next six months. A government shutdown could make that harder. The agency has run behind schedule to propose and finalize regulations throughout the Biden administration, and the government’s looming closure threatens to make it harder for the agency to complete work …

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