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Climate Crisis
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Look: Primate relative shows how ancient animals adapted to global warming

and I feel fine

The Doomsday Clock is now at 90 seconds to midnight — here's what that means

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight than ever, citing Russia's war on Ukraine and the worsening climate crisis.

Climate Crisis

Elephants could be key to saving the planet — here’s why

Big problems require big solutions — literally.

Science

Earth's inner core may have stopped spinning — study

Geoscientists found the core may move on a cycle, stopping every few decades to take a breath.

Science

Is plastic recycling a scam? Here’s the truth about the common practice

A report found only 5 percent of plastic gets recycled. Experts explain what that means for the American consumer.

Science

Humans didn’t evolve to live in cold — our survival is a lesson in ingenuity

Layers.

Science

Deep-sea mining could power a clean energy future — but there’s a cost

We still know more about the Moon’s surface than the deep ocean floor.

breathtaking

Look: Global photo competition illuminates nature's beauty and drama

Winners took an intimate look at everyday details.

light pollution

Future humans may not be able to see the stars from Earth — study

Light pollution is getting rapidly worse, according to recent study.

Wacky weather

Time-lapse shows shocking temperature changes between December and January

It’s not just your imagination.

This week in science

NASA ends Geotail mission and more: Understand the world through 7 images

Planet in Peril

Almost half of land animals will soon face extreme heat — here's why that's so scary

But there's still time to act, researchers say.

Climate crisis

Worst-case scenario of Antarctic ice sheet collapse could still be avoided

We can still slow ice loss in the Antarctic.

Science

Why is January so dark and cold? Here’s the truth about winter’s gloomiest days

An atmospheric scientist explains the weather and climate factors that combine to produce wintry conditions.

Zap!

In a wild first, physicists used lasers to control lightning on a mountaintop

The car-sized laser can shoot up to 1,000 pulses per second.

Innovation

An ambitious plan could help repair one of California’s biggest ecological catastrophes

Without intervention, the sea’s entire ecosystem could collapse.

Nature walk
Climate Crisis

Elephants could be key to saving the planet — here’s why

Big problems require big solutions — literally.

Science

Is plastic recycling a scam? Here’s the truth about the common practice

A report found only 5 percent of plastic gets recycled. Experts explain what that means for the American consumer.

breathtaking

Look: Global photo competition illuminates nature's beauty and drama

Winners took an intimate look at everyday details.

Turn it down!

Listen: Dolphins "scream" to each other over human-made noise pollution

Climate Crisis

At least half the world’s glaciers could melt — and that’s under the best-case scenario

The prognosis isn't good, but we can still take action to avert catastrophe.

Into the abyss

9 deep-sea discoveries from 2022 showcase the ocean's weirdness

Tree Time

Can we map every tree in the world? This novel tech could help get us there

Scientists believe deep learning is the future of tree conservation — here's why.

Opinion

Can insects feel pain? Here’s why we need to talk about bug rights

If bugs feel pain, insect farming and pest control will cause mass suffering.

Science

These science-backed hacks will keep your Christmas tree fresh for weeks

A forestry specialist explains how to properly care for your holiday spruce.

Zombies?

Back from the dead: 9 species rediscovered in 2022

They’re really good at hiding.

Super Bug

A “super-resistant” gene mutation in mosquitoes may increase the risk of dengue, a study finds

This finding could spell trouble for efforts to control the disease.

Animals galore

Parasitic wasps, friendly anemones: 9 new species identified in 2022

And there are many more left to discover.

Science

Inside the surprisingly complex life, sex, and death of a woodlouse

Woodlice are tiny, don’t bite, move slowly and are generally unthreatening. They are part of biological processes essential to life. So what’s not to like?

Plague Problems

Why are there still rodent plague outbreaks? New research hints at the answer

Scientists may now know why the plague sometimes spikes — and sometimes doesn't — in rodent populations.

'Tis the Season

What Christmas tree is best for the environment? Here’s what forestry experts say you should buy

The annual tradition isn’t as bad for the climate as you might think.

Opinion

Firefly swarms may have finally solved a 20-year-old scientific mystery

Can mathematical insights enlighten the social dynamics at play among luminous beetles?

LIFE IN SPACE
Number 9

Lucy mission: NASA goals, mission updates, and Beatles Easter eggs

Plus: two Beatles Easter egg are coming along for the ride.

Earth-shattering

An asteroid will come within 2,200 miles of Earth tonight — here’s why you shouldn’t worry

Most space rocks are never a threat to our planet.

This week in science

JWST captures Chariklo’s rings and more: Understand the world through 8 images

Starry Night

Starship orbital flight: SpaceX successfully loaded the rocket with over 10 million pounds of propellant

SpaceX plans to send the Starship to orbit — at some point.

Science

40 years ago, NASA launched the space telescope that proved JWST could work

IRAS is a sometimes forgotten spacecraft that proved that infrared astronomy had a bright future.

gotta go fast

NASA and DARPA want to build a nuclear-powered spaceship

The rocket could have its first orbital test "as soon as 2027."

Innovation

These 5 futuristic tech ideas could help us explore distant worlds

From the Moon to Pluto, these innovations could solve huge mysteries about our universe.

Science

Scientists have found a subtle way to hunt for life on exoplanets

Photosynthesis can leave hints in satellite data.

Science

This nuclear-powered rocket could get humans to Mars in less than 2 months

Quick trip!

Science

One of the universe’s most iconic nebulas is changing — astronomers don’t know why

“I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”

mars rocks

Astronomers find a surprise layer of volcanic rock in Mars’ massive canyon

Plagioclase feldspar doesn’t often turn up in volcanic rocks on Mars — but scientists just found a huge deposit in the walls of Mars’ largest canyon.

Science

Nuclear-powered robots could hunt for aliens on icy Solar System moons

Europa, here we come.

Wacky weather

Time-lapse shows shocking temperature changes between December and January

It’s not just your imagination.

This week in science

NASA ends Geotail mission and more: Understand the world through 7 images

Liftoff?

What’s happening with Starship? New SpaceX photos show a launch could happen soon

Science

Can we suck the water out of asteroids? New research may solve one obstacle

We’ve still got a long way to go.

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Number 9

Lucy mission: NASA goals, mission updates, and Beatles Easter eggs

Plus: two Beatles Easter egg are coming along for the ride.

Science

NASA just directed its Lucy mission to target a skyscraper-sized asteroid

We only have to wait a few months for NASA’s Lucy spacecraft to visit its first asteroid.

Science

Scientists find two key ingredients for life in ancient meteors

Potassium and zinc were brought to Earth from distant space rocks.

This week in science

JWST captures Chariklo’s rings and more: Understand the world through 8 images

ring around the asteroid, pocket full of space dust

Look! JWST captures images of an asteroid with a ring playing peek-a-boo with a star

Two separate studies recently pointed JWST's instruments at Chariklo, the only asteroid in our Solar System with its own rings.

Innovation

Watch: This jail-breaking wireless robot melts and reassembles on command

It may eventually enter your stomach.

Science

40 years ago, NASA launched the space telescope that proved JWST could work

IRAS is a sometimes forgotten spacecraft that proved that infrared astronomy had a bright future.

gotta go fast

NASA and DARPA want to build a nuclear-powered spaceship

The rocket could have its first orbital test "as soon as 2027."

Chomp chomp

Look: With a mouth full of teeth, this Pterosaur ate like a whale

Filter-feeding isn’t a new invention.

and I feel fine

The Doomsday Clock is now at 90 seconds to midnight — here's what that means

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight than ever, citing Russia's war on Ukraine and the worsening climate crisis.

Click!

Jumping robots could provide a bug’s eye view of dangerous environments

Science

“Rubble pile” asteroids may be surprisingly hard to destroy — study

When Japan's Hayabusa mission traveled to asteroid Itokawa, it collected samples. These successfully reached Earth in 2010.

Climate Crisis

Elephants could be key to saving the planet — here’s why

Big problems require big solutions — literally.

the ice grains cometh

Look! Webb Telescope finds icy ingredients for organic chemicals in deep space

The coldest, most distant ices ever measured could have big implications for planets -- and life.

Innovation

These 5 futuristic tech ideas could help us explore distant worlds

From the Moon to Pluto, these innovations could solve huge mysteries about our universe.

Science

Earth's inner core may have stopped spinning — study

Geoscientists found the core may move on a cycle, stopping every few decades to take a breath.