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Murmuration refers to the phenomenon that results when hundreds, sometimes thousands, of starlings fly in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns through the sky.

Maybe you've seen a murmuration video before. But this one is especially beautiful. It was shot earlier this month in Wales, at Cosmeston Lakes in the Vale of Glamorgan, and posted on Facebook by the BBC Cymru Wales.

Why do I love this short video so much?

The weight of gender bias on women’s scientific careers

Jan 1, 2017

A series of high-profile sexual misconduct investigations have sent waves through the scientific academy this year.

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has touched a staggering number of American families.

Nationwide, more than 52,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2015. Of those deaths, 33,000 involved opioids such as prescription pain relievers or heroin, according to data released in December by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In all, more than 300,000 Americans have lost their lives to an opioid overdose since 2000.

The hidden costs of prescription drug coupons

Dec 26, 2016
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You may have noticed that some drug companies offer coupons to consumers — which slash copayments for brand-name medications.

The coupons are good news for people who face expensive copayments at the counter. But they frustrate insurance companies and are even banned in some states. According to Margot Sanger-Katz, a health care correspondent for The New York Times, that’s because, despite initial savings, the coupons come with hidden costs — and may even make our drugs more expensive in the long run.

These early female astronomers shattered the 'glass universe'

Dec 26, 2016
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Harvard College Observatory

Looking up at the night sky, we know that a star’s brightness can tell us something about how far away it is, and even what it’s made of. But how do we know that?

As it turns out, our system for classifying stars comes from work done by a group of female astronomers at Harvard more than a century ago. Decades before American women gained the right to vote, the astronomers of the Harvard College Observatory shattered the “glass universe,” analyzing delicate photographic plates to discern patterns in the cosmos. 

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On Dec. 13, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law, after the bill received wide bipartisan support in Congress.

Space Trivia, and a Cosmic Trip Planner

Dec 24, 2016

Notes on Composing for Science

Dec 24, 2016

A True Story of High Drama in Space

Dec 24, 2016

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