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Why Scientists Love Making Robots Build Ikea Furniture

This robot can help a human assemble a bookcase by predicting what part they’ll want next and handing it over.

Prisoners, Doctors, and the Battle Over Trans Medical Care

Those who are incarcerated are suing for their right to gender confirmation surgery—if deemed necessary. Meet the psychiatrist who...

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Mystery Solved: How Plant Cells Know When to Stop Growing

The discovery could have a profound effect on cell research for many species of plants and animals, as well as the future of crops.

Inmates, Doctors, and the Battle Over Trans Medical Care

Prisoners are suing for their right to hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgery—if deemed necessary. Meet the psychiatrist...

Access to Birth Control Lets More Girls Finish High School

A new study finds that making contraceptives and reproductive care accessible through a state-funded program in Colorado reduced the...

A Massive Water Recycling Proposal Could Help Ease Drought

Members of Congress from Western states are pushing for $750 million to turn wastewater into pure water. Here’s how that works.

Covid Protections Kept Other Viruses at Bay. Now They’re...

When we masked and stayed home, we were shielded from winter viruses. As we get back to normal, some will resurge—and our immune systems...

When the Next Animal Plague Hits, Can This Lab Stop It?

A new federal facility in Kansas will house the deadliest agricultural pathogens in the world—and researchers working tirelessly to...

The Pandemic Changed Sleep Habits. Maybe That’s a Good...

A growing body of research shows that to optimize health and productivity, workers should adjust their workdays to their sleep schedules.

Mathematicians Prove a 2D Version of Quantum Gravity Works

In three towering papers, a team of mathematicians has worked out the details of Liouville quantum field theory, forging a bridge...