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June 02, 2023

Happy Friday, Readers! Today in Science is evolving! Starting Monday we'll be delivering a new version of this newsletter to your inbox. I hope you enjoy it and reach out and let me know what you think! Have a wonderful weekend.

Andrea Gawrylewski, Chief Newsletter Editor


India Cuts Periodic Table and Evolution from School Textbooks

The periodic table, as well as evolution, won’t be taught to under-16s in India as they start the new school year

By Dyani Lewis,Nature magazine


This Gargantuan Bird Weighed as Much as a Sports Car

The elephant bird was the heaviest bird to ever walk the earth. Also, its eggs were 150 times the size of chicken eggs, and thick as a dinner plate.

By Flora Lichtman | 08:52


When Should You Get a Mammogram?

Medical boards and task forces recommend mammogram screenings for breast cancer begin at age 40. But people in high-risk groups may want to consider getting tested even earlier

By Lauren J. Young

Natural Disasters

This Hurricane Season May See a Key FEMA Disaster Fund Run Out of Money

A key FEMA disaster fund and state insurance programs could run out of money to finance disaster recovery and pay claims, respectively, as hurricane and wildfire seasons begin

By Thomas Frank,E&E News

Space Exploration

Crewed Starliner Launch Delayed by Flammable Tape, Botched Parachutes

Boeing's first Starliner flight for NASA astronauts was scheduled for July 21, but is now delayed—perhaps indefinitely

By Tariq Malik,


Pioneering Advanced Math from Behind Bars

Math research gives meaning to years spent in prison 

By Amory Tillinghast-Raby

Planetary Science

Newfound 'Quasi-Moon' Has Been Earth's Fellow Traveler for Thousands of Years

Astronomers recently identified asteroid 2023 FW13 as a quasi-moon, a space rock orbiting the sun nearly in tandem with Earth

By Kiley Price,LiveScience

Artificial Intelligence

Car-Free Cities Are the Future, Biometrics Reveal

Advanced tools for tracking people’s eye movements and facial expressions can be used to design better places

By Justin B. Hollander,Johanna Riddle,Eliandro Tavares,Jenna Van Holten,Jenna Whitney


Why Venus Is So Bright Right Now

Our planetary neighbor Venus becomes a brilliant beacon in the sky each time it reaches its greatest orbital distance from the sun

By Phil Plait

Just Calm Down About GPT-4 Already

And stop confusing performance with competence, says Rodney Brooks

By Glenn Zorpette | IEEE Spectrum | May 17, 2023


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