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June 26, 2020

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As Black Lives Matter demonstrations continue across the U.S., protesters are gearing up to protect themselves from tear gas, rubber bullets, stun grenades and other "less lethal" weapons used to control crowds—not to mention the novel coronavirus. One of our stories featured below shares what medical research says about how to stay safe. Also featured in today’s roundup: In 2023 every U.S. land surveyor will finally be on equal footing. These engineers have long measured land with two versions of the unit, depending on which state they are in and whom they work for. And, our lead story is about an enormous dust cloud has finally hit the United States, after journeying 5,000 miles from the Sahara Desert across the Atlantic Ocean.  

Sunya Bhutta, Senior Editor, Audience Engagement


Saharan Dust Plume Slams U.S., Kicking Up Climate Questions

Whether these plumes—which can dampen hurricane activity and irritate lungs—will become more common with warming is unclear

By Chelsea Harvey,E&E News

Behavior & Society

Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don't Fit Their Worldview

Science denialism is not just a simple matter of logic or ignorance

By Adrian Bardon,The Conversation US

Public Health

How to Protect Yourself during Protests

Demonstrators face tear gas, flash bangs, coronavirus and surveillance

By Karen Kwon


Multistate Disagreement over the Length of the Foot to End

In 2023 every U.S. land surveyor will begin using a single international standard

By Leslie Nemo

Policy & Ethics

The Black Lives Matter Movement

What began as a call to action in response to police violence and anti-Black racism in the U.S. is now a global initiative to confront racial inequities in society, including environmental injustice, bias in academia and the public health threat of racism.

Behavior & Society

The Messenger Is the Message

Behavioral scientist Stephen Martin and psychologist Joseph Marks talk about their book Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, and Why.

By Steve Mirsky | 36:39

Behavior & Society

It Shouldn't Be Taboo to Publish Images of Those Killed by Violence

Sometimes the need to bear witness outweighs the need for privacy

By Jessica Fishman


Science Briefs from around the World

Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about a 70-million-year-old mollusk fossil that reveals years back then had a few more days than we have now.

By Sarah Lewin Frasier | 01:50

Your Brain in the Smartphone Age

According to recent headlines, today’s device-wielding teens are socially, emotionally and cognitively doomed. Reality, however, is not so clear cut. In this eBook, we've gathered what science has to say about the effects of smartphones and social media use on teenagers, as well as its effects on thought processes and relationships and its potential as a tool to monitor mental health.

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Bogs Are as Handy for Rice as They Are for Cranberries

Originally published in February 1900


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