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New coronavirus variants share similar combinations of mutations. It's like a game of Tetris, where a limited number of building blocks can be assembled in different ways, in different combinations, to achieve the same winning structures.

"Antiscience has emerged as a dominant and highly lethal force, and one that threatens global security, as much as do terrorism and nuclear proliferation." | Perspective by @PeterHotez 

A city in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest Is a stark warning about COVID to the rest of the world

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The backbone of President Biden's plan to use infrastructure spending to advance climate policy is a clean electricity standard for the power sector that has the potential to be the most aggressive ever enacted by the federal government.

Here's how the pandemic is beginning to make clinical research better—and how much more needs to be done.

Sea grass meadows may mitigate a serious consequence of greenhouse gas emissions: the steady acidification of ocean waters.

The sprawling infrastructure proposal could be used as a cornerstone of the administration’s 2030 climate goals, which are widely expected to seek a roughly 50% reduction in carbon emissions.

Scientific American has agreed with major news outlets worldwide to start using the term “climate emergency” in its coverage of climate change. Read our statement about this decision, and the impact we hope it can have throughout the media landscape.

More women than men are getting COVID vaccines, even as more men are dying of the disease.

For this year's UN Youth Forum, senior editor @markfischetti  spoke with 3 young visionaries who are on the frontlines of combatting climate change and inequality. Watch the conversation here, presented by @NewsDMZ : And meet the participants below! 1/4

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Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now. The 2020 election is literally a matter of life and death. We urge you to vote for health, science and Joe Biden for President.

The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his willfully ignorant response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives.

Editorial: Instead of thinking about whether to vote Democratic or Republican in the upcoming U.S. election, think about voting to protect science instead of destroying it.

More than 200 scientists have outlined evidence that they say shows the novel coronavirus can spread in tiny airborne particles, urging the @WHO  to update its guidance. Read our story on what we know so far about airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

“We are a wave of change. Together and united, we are unstoppable. This is what people power looks like. We will rise to the challenge," said 16-year-old climate activist @GretaThunberg  who led global protests today demanding action on climate change. #ClimateStrike  ? Liz Tormes

Instead of a wall, we could build solar and wind farms, plus 2,000 miles of natural gas and water pipelines to power and supply water for farms and industry along the entire U.S.–Mexico border, creating a zone of opportunity for both countries. Crazy idea?

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Elon Musk seeks to enable humans to “merge” with AI, giving people superhuman intelligence. (By @tanyalewis314 )

COVID-19 can wreck your heart, even if you haven't had any symptoms

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In Opinion Stop using phony science to justify transphobia. Actual research shows that sex is anything but binary

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