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Piping Up at the Gates of Dawn

Since the James Webb Space Telescope began operating two years ago, astronomers have been using it to leapfrog one another millions of years into the past, back toward the moment they call cosmic dawn, when the first stars and...

What to Do if You’re Overpaying for Prescriptions

If you’ve ever had trouble getting a prescription drug, chances are you’ve run into a pharmacy benefit manager.These companies, known as P.B.M.s, play a crucial but often hidden role in deciding which drugs you can get and how much...

A heat dome is baking the United States. Here’s why that’s so dangerous

June is the new July. Or maybe even August. At least it feels that way, as summer heat has already soared to record highs.In the United States, West Coast residents sweltered earlier in the month as a high-pressure weather...

55 Years Ago: One Month Until the Moon Landing – NASA

With the dress rehearsal completed during Apollo 10 in May 1969, only a few weeks remained until Apollo 11, the actual Moon landing mission to meet President Kennedy’s goal set in 1961. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael...

Leaping Leeches! Watch These Bloodsuckers Jump.

Land-dwelling leeches can seem like placid creatures. But when they’re on the hunt for blood, look out.An appetite for blood may have provoked acts of startling athleticism, documented in a pair of videos released Thursday by two scientists alongside...

Family’s genes offer new clue to delaying onset of Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists studying a family plagued by early-in-life Alzheimer's found some carry a genetic oddity that delays their initial symptoms by five years.The finding points to novel ways of fighting the mind-robbing disease — if researchers can unravel how a...

Surgeon General Calls for Warning Labels on Social Media Platforms

The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, announced on Monday that he would push for a warning label on social media platforms advising parents that using the platforms might damage adolescents’ mental health.Warning labels — like those that appear...

The Marshall Star for June 18, 2024 – NASA

By Savannah Bullard After two days of live competitions, two teams from southern California are heading home with a combined $1.5 million from NASA’s Break the Ice Lunar Challenge.  Since 2020, competitors from around the world have competed in this challenge...

More Women in Africa Are Using Long-Acting Contraception, Changing Lives

On a busy day at the Kwapong Health Centre in rural Ghana, Beatrice Nyamekye put contraceptive implants into the arms of a half-dozen women, and gave eight or nine more a three-month hormonal injection to prevent pregnancy. A few...

This tentacled, parasitic ‘fairy lantern’ plant is new to science

In the weird world of chlorophyll-free “fairy lantern” plants, there’s a new species to admire.Fairy lanterns (Thismia) are a type of mysterious, parasitic herb that look like something from another planet. Their pint-size flowers can have psychedelic shapes and...
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Dutch app supermarket boss eyes tech boom in online delivery

Advances in artificial intelligence are poised to drive a "massive" boom in online grocery deliveries, according to the head...
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