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Undark Podcast #14: America’s Broken Prairie

Our podcast host, David Corcoran, discusses Undark’s latest Case Study on the fast-disappearing American prairie, with writer David J. Unger. Also: Seth Mnookin on the media and the March for Science, and reporter Katrin Redfern on a surprising conflict over human rights and natural resources in Tanzania.

Abstracts: March for Science, ISS, and More

Psychologists are optimistic that this weekend’s March for Science might also break down stubborn stereotypes around scientists by showing students what scientists actually look like. Australia launched several tiny cubestat satellites this week. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.

Abstracts: CRISPR, Cassini, and More

A new tool based on CRISPR could be a quick and cheap diagnostic tool. Saturn’s moon Enceladus might be hospitable for alien microbes. A Star Trek-inspired health kit can diagnose thirteen ailments and monitor five vitals at once. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.

An Opioid Antidote Gains Crucial Support

When a state legislator asked a pain and addiction specialist how laws could better beat back the opioid epidemic, the doctor knew exactly what she wanted and got it: a mandate that cops carry an OD-reversal drug and a requirement to provide discharged inmates and methadone treatment patients with it too.

Abstracts: Hyperloops, Zika, Bees, and More

The first comprehensive review of Zika-related birth defects in the US was published this week. Neonicotinoids, the bee-killing pesticides, are showing up in drinking water. Prisoners are raising queen bees to help struggling honeybee populations. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.

Abstracts: Coal, Steel, and More

Trump lifting the Obama administration’s coal mining ban likely won’t revive the industry. Scientists fabricated a new type of steel that mimics the internal structure of our bones. The Zika vaccine enters a new round of testing. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.

Undark Podcast #13: The Great Black Swamp

Journalist Sharon Levy discusses the importance of wetlands and the legacy of Ohio’s Great Black Swamp. Also: Seth Mnookin on why you should be skeptical of scientific studies you read or hear about, and reporter Nina Ignaczak on the fight to restore some of North America’s greatest rapids.

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