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In the wake of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, CBS is trying a new approach with its police shows

But this is 2020, and such whiz-bang trickery isn’t enough, not even in the escapist realm of network television. So in an upcoming episode, the character will grapple with a…

Preparing for Exascale Science on Day 1

ESP research projects are in the areas of chemistry, physics (high energy physics, fusion energy, cosmology), biosciences (cancer treatment informatics, modeling metastasis, brain connectomics, molecular dynamics of cell membrane transport…

Quality research in Africa matters more than ever — for the whole world

We are at a unique moment in history. Two particular, ongoing events stand out. COVID-19 is one. The other is a long-overdue recognition of inequities among people in the US…

Dystopia as Clickbait: Science Fiction, Doomscrolling, and Reviving the Idea of the Future

This spring, the fashion house Balenciaga launched its latest line with a fictional news broadcast from dystopia. Repurposing the uncanny valley as virtual runway, the video features prosthetically altered models…

What science and democracy have in common: us, hopefully

The Parthenon, a symbol of democracy, is undergoing renovation and repair—symbolically enough. Image courtesy of Vladimirya/Pixabay Donald Trump has said, several times in the week up to and including September…

The new line of attack on climate science in the age of megafires

Every morning, wildland firefighters gather around radios to listen to the weather forecast. This summer, I was part of the team that fought a fire near Big Sur. When I…

Is the normalisation deal really a win for Israel? | Middle East

The signing of the deal normalising relations between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates caused a stir in the Middle East. It seems Israel is increasingly gaining political ground…

Dealmakers and Wanderers: New Science Fiction and Fantasy

THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN, by C. L. Polk (Erewhon, $25.95), is set in a Regency-flavored fantasy world where magic, manners and marriages structure society with the rigidity of whalebone stays. Beatrice…

Tardigrades survive deadly radiation by glowing in the dark

By Michael Marshall This tardigrade uses fluorescence to resist lethal UV radiationHarikumar R Suma & Sandeep M Eswarappa A tiny tardigrade can survive intense ultraviolet radiation for an hour by…

Houston will be home to the nation’s largest psychiatric hospital in 2021

The UTHealth Behavioral Sciences Center will be making history in Houston. The facility will be the first public mental health hospital constructed in more than three decades, and will be…