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US unveils changes to attract foreign science, tech students

The Biden administration on Friday announced policy changes to attract international students specializing in science, technology, engineering and math—part of the broader effort to make the U.S. economy more competitive.

Rare African script offers clues to the evolution of writing

The world's very first invention of writing took place over 5000 years ago in the Middle East, before it was reinvented in China and Central America. Today, almost all human activities—from education to political systems ...

California domestic migration has plunged during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put sharp downward pressure on California's population, with far fewer people coming from other states to live here and slightly more people than usual leaving to live elsewhere, according to a new ...

Best of last year: The top Phys.org articles of 2021

2021 was a good year for research of all kinds. The strongest coronal mass ejection in years made headlines this past May, prompting experts around the world to urge world leaders to take it as a warning. Future storms, many ...

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