Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be, researchers say

Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be, researchers say

The deadly school shooting this month in Parkland, Florida, has ignited national outrage and calls for action on gun reform. But while certain policies may help decrease gun violence in general, it’s unlikely that any of them will prevent mass school shootings, according to James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern.

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European Space Agency’s ExoMars Orbiter is about to start sniffing the Red Planet for signs of life

European Space Agency's ExoMars Orbiter is about to start sniffing the Red Planet for signs of life

In March of 2016 the European Space Agency – in collaboration with Roscosmos – launched The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter sending it on its way to the mysterious red planet that orbits our Sun, Mars. Its mission? To look for signs of life on the Red Giant that has held the interest of astronomers for centuries since first being discovered in the 17th century by Galileo Galilei.

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Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’

Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’

Ángela Díaz stood on a rock ledge above a creek called Caño Piedras and pointed out an unassuming olive-colored plant growing below. Macarenia clavigera, she said, is the key to the future of this remote region in central Colombia. When the rains come in May, the rivers will rise and the plant will turn a brilliant red. “This plant has the peculiar quality of turning distinct colors,” she said. “You can see it from May to November.”

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Microbes found in one of Earth’s most hostile places, giving hope for life on Mars

Microbes found in one of Earth’s most hostile places, giving hope for life on Mars

A hardy community of bacteria lives in Chile’s Atacama Desert—one of the driest and most inhospitable places on Earth—where it can survive a decade without water, new research confirms. The work should put to rest the doubts of many scientists, who had suggested that previous evidence of microscopic life in this remote region came from transient microbes. And because the soils in this location closely resemble those on Mars, these desert dwellers may give hope to those seeking life on the Red Planet’s similarly hostile surface.

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Don’t Panic, but Researchers Have Discovered That Stress is Contagious

Don't Panic, but Researchers Have Discovered That Stress is Contagious

Researchers have discovered brain cells change following close contact with a stressed individual. Simply put, stress is contagious. Stress can be brought on by big things like existential crises. More commonly, stress comes from trivial, every-day things like walking into a meeting that’s already started. Living in a world dominated by social media, we are constantly forced to compare our lives to those of others. Life is, by nature, unstable and uncertain, which can make stress inevitable. Therefore, it is unsurprising that we find ourselves in the midst of an anxiety epidemic.

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