Flat Pasta That Turns Into 3-D Shapes — Just Add Boiling Water
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Flat Pasta That Turns Into 3-D Shapes — Just Add Boiling Water

Don’t be fooled. This pasta may look like your average fettuccine. But cook it for seven minutes in boiling water and it will transform, coiling into a neat spiral. The dynamic noodle is one of several designed and debuted this week by researchers at a Carnegie Mellon University lab. Each new pasta design starts out…

Emissions Cuts Could Halve the Impact of Melting Ice on Oceans
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Emissions Cuts Could Halve the Impact of Melting Ice on Oceans

Scientists on Wednesday reported another reason the world should sharply rein in global warming: doing so would likely cut in half the current projected amount of sea level rise from the melting of ice this century. In a study that averaged results of hundreds of computer simulations from research teams around the world, the scientists…

Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change
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Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change

Brazil’s right-wing populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, scorned public health guidance and insisted that lockdowns and mobility restrictions would be a bigger threat to the country’s weak economy. Brazil now has one of the world’s highest death tolls and its economy is in tatters. Updated  May 4, 2021, 12:41 p.m. ET India’s right-wing populist prime minister,…

Life and Death on Stromboli Volcano, Lighthouse of the Mediterranean
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Life and Death on Stromboli Volcano, Lighthouse of the Mediterranean

If you stand at the summit at night, and you turn your flashlight off, all you can see are diamantine flecks shimmering in the dark. In that moment, you are floating, untethered, in an endless inky pool. The inevitable rumblings of the blackened earth beneath your feet eventually remind you that you remain on this…

Helen Murray Free Dies at 98; Chemist Developed Diabetes Test
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Helen Murray Free Dies at 98; Chemist Developed Diabetes Test

Helen Murray Free, a chemist who ushered in a revolution in diagnostic testing when she co-developed the dip-and-read diabetes test, a paper strip that detected glucose in urine, died on Saturday at a hospice facility in Elkhart, Ind. She was 98. The cause was complications of a stroke, her son Eric said. Before the invention…

A Deadly New Risk for U.S. Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves
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A Deadly New Risk for U.S. Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves

WASHINGTON — The growing risk of overlapping heat waves and power failures poses a severe threat that major American cities are not prepared for, new research suggests. Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015, even as climate change has made heat waves worse, according to the new research published in the…

Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe
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Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe

A better approach would be for a trusted figure to address the root cause of the hesitancy — fear, mistrust, misconceptions, ease of access or a desire for more information, said Mary Politi, an expert in health decision making and health communication at Washington University in St. Louis. People often need to see others in…