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Maria Temming

50 years ago, scientists thought a desert shrub might help save endangered whales

Shrub may save the sperm whale – Science News, March 25, 1972 The sperm whale is...

Here’s how boa constrictors squeeze their dinner without suffocating themselves

The boa constrictor’s choke hold is an iconic animal attack. By coiling around its prey, a snake...

50 years ago, Arecibo got an unprecedented view of Venus’ surface

Probing Venus’ mountains — Science News, February 12, 1972 Venus’ perpetually cloud-shrouded surface remains penetrable only...

Americans tend to assume imaginary faces are male

There may be a reason we see a man, rather than a maiden, in the moon. When...

Here’s what the next 10 years of space science could look like

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey is basically a sneak preview of the next 10 years of...

Gender-affirming care improves mental health for transgender youth

Daniel’s birth certificate is marked “female,” but Daniel is nonbinary — not exclusively male nor female. “I’m...

Vera Rubin’s work on dark matter led to a paradigm shift in cosmology

Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter, and BeyondAshley Jean YeagerMIT Press, $24.95 Vera Rubin’s research forced cosmologists to...

Greece’s Santorini volcano erupts more often when sea level drops

When sea level drops far below the present-day level, the island volcano Santorini in Greece gets ready...