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Climate Crisis
Reel Science

The best new sci-fi movie on HBO Max reveals a real-life ecological crisis

Dune is finally here, but its environmental message is more complicated than you might think.

iPhone on Wheels

Will worn-out batteries send Tesla to the scrapheap? It's complicated

Is a Tesla like an iPhone on wheels in more ways than one?

Extinction Era

What killed the woolly mammoth? Scientists debunk one extinction theory

Humans may be off the hook.

Science

Walking trees and cloning ferns: Meet the world's weirdest plants

False mushrooms. Sensitive rubber trees. Dancing plants. Botany is wild.

Culture

Chaos theory: Why your weather app can’t predict next month’s weather

Chaos is not random, but it’s also not predictable.

Toxic trash

6 shocking facts about E-Waste that you didn’t know

The weight of the world’s electronic junk is heavier than the Great Wall of China.

This week in science

Blue Origin second human flight and more: Understand the world through 8 images

Sweet Summer Child

Scientists predict the year polar bears will disappear from this part of the world

It's sooner than you think.

The Superhero Issue

How Captain Planet inspired a generation of Millennials to save the world

“You all are now Captain Planet,” says Barbara Pyle, who helped create the eco-friendly superhero. “You are now the superheroes.”

Science

Look: 3 images reveal the year when Earth becomes inhospitable to humans

We need to act now.

Hall of fame

2021 Nobel Prizes and beyond: 8 discoveries shaping the future of science

Climate crisis

Look: Map reveals what cities are at risk of deadly urban heat

Time Machine

A Yucatan forest “trapped in time” reveals why an ancient threat can get worse

This breathtaking ecosystem preserved Earth's past.

Science

Do your pets know when an earthquake is about to happen?

EarthSP? Why it may be nothing more than a few anecdotes.

Mind and Body

Scientists discover how the gut microbiome helps weight loss

Our gut microbiome can influence our ability to lose weight.

Science

This bizarre animal experiment could solve climate change

It could offer surprising benefits.

Nature walk
Sweet Summer Child

Scientists predict the year polar bears will disappear from this part of the world

It's sooner than you think.

Time Machine

A Yucatan forest “trapped in time” reveals why an ancient threat can get worse

This breathtaking ecosystem preserved Earth's past.

Feasts with Friends

Bloodsucking bats have one thing in common with humans

These blood-sucking creatures get by with a little help from their friends.

Survival of the Fittest

4 ways the climate crisis is causing animals to ‘shapeshift’

Scientists explain the bizarre ways animal bodies adapt to a warming world.

Adaptation

These 5 resilient cities can teach us how to survive the climate crisis

These cities can teach other urban spaces how to move forward.

How to Save a Planet

To avoid catastrophe, this shocking amount of fossil fuels must stay in the ground

Scientists stress 60 percent of oil and fossil methane gas and 90 percent of coal must stay in the ground to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 °C.

Wild Weed

Why illegal cannabis farms are a lethal threat to wildlife

Scientists reveal the hidden environmental repercussions of illegal cannabis farms.

Storm Surge

Hurricane Ida and climate change: Scientists explain the deadly connection

Plus four things cities must do to prepare for future superstorms.

How to Save a Planet

These 12 places could be the key to saving the planet — study

To save the planet, we need to think more strategically, experts say.

Climate Crisis

UN climate report: 3 big findings you need to know ASAP

There’s no use sugarcoating it: the report’s findings are urgently dire.

Science

This tree could be key to saving the Earth — if we can regrow it right

They’re sponges for greenhouse gases — but replanting after disaster has been difficult.

Toxic

This type of cannabis can suck "forever chemicals" out of the ground

How the Micmac nation, scientists, and activists teamed up to eradicate PFAS.

Climate crisis

Amazon rainforest: The 2 actions that could reverse a terrible, growing trend

How the world's "lungs" became a massive polluter.

Ancient Stoners

Scientists discover the ancient birthplace of marijuana

The origin story of cannabis is wilder than you think.

Video Games Issue 2021

The best Western RPG ever made has a surprising real-life benefit

Behold the immersive power of gaming.

Just Keep Swimming

Watch an airplane blast live fish into Utah's lakes

The state keeps its lakes full of trout in this peculiar (but safe) way

LIFE IN SPACE
Science

Listen: 9 incredible sounds from space

You won’t believe your ears!

look up!

You need to see the brightest planet at its most luminous this month

Venus will shine extra bright at its greatest elongation.

This week in science

NASA’s Lucy mission launches and more: Understand the world through 8 images

nothing but a number

Here's how scientists figured out the age of the universe

It took some cosmic detective work.

Musk Reads

Tesla’s redesigned Model X is here along with a few key changes

Tesla gets refreshed, SpaceX loves Texas, Elon Musk is the richest.

listening...

Finding this cosmic phenomenon could unlock mysteries of the ancient universe

Low frequency gravitational waves could unlock the secrets of the ancient universe.

Open Mic

Listen: Perseverance captures the eerie sounds of Mars and Ingenuity

NASA released five hours of new recordings.

too hot to handle

Look: NASA photo reveals unusual supernova event

The supernova remanent is located about 19,600 light years away from Earth.

Science

NASA’s bold new asteroid mission just took off — here’s what happens next

NASA has successfully launched its Lucy mission to explore the history of the Solar System. Here's what comes next.

Liftoff!

Look: NASA's historic Lucy launch told in 9 images

The ambitious spacecraft is off to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.

Science

What a bright flash in the sky reveals about humanity’s space future

The search continues.

Science

What Perseverance has accomplished in 240 days on Mars

It pays to persevere.

Twisting

Why NASA’s wild new asteroid mission is one of its weirdest endeavors yet

NASA's Lucy spacecraft is on a 12-year mission that could actually last forever.

Science

Ancient black holes: New research reveals a surprising truth

Is there anything out there?

In the sky

Lucy: How to watch NASA's audacious Trojan asteroid mission

On October 16 the Lucy spacecraft will embark on its 12-year mission.

It's always sunny on Mars

How solar rockets can bring Uber to Musk’s Mars city

Virgin Orbit wants to switch to solar — humans on other planets could benefit.

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look up!

You need to see the brightest planet at its most luminous this month

Venus will shine extra bright at its greatest elongation.

This week in science

NASA’s Lucy mission launches and more: Understand the world through 8 images

nothing but a number

Here's how scientists figured out the age of the universe

It took some cosmic detective work.

Stuff of legends

Viking discovery changes history and supports ancient lore

New research helps substantiate the Icelandic Sagas.

Extinction Era

What killed the woolly mammoth? Scientists debunk one extinction theory

Humans may be off the hook.

listening...

Finding this cosmic phenomenon could unlock mysteries of the ancient universe

Low frequency gravitational waves could unlock the secrets of the ancient universe.

Open Mic

Listen: Perseverance captures the eerie sounds of Mars and Ingenuity

NASA released five hours of new recordings.

chomp chomp

How astronomers found evidence for ancient galactic cannibalism

The Large Magellanic Cloud has been keeping a secret from us.

Eureka!

6 real innovations inspired by science fiction

too hot to handle

Look: NASA photo reveals unusual supernova event

The supernova remanent is located about 19,600 light years away from Earth.

look up!

How to view the best celestial objects during a New Moon

It's the perfect opportunity for a little sky gazing.

Science

NASA’s bold new asteroid mission just took off — here’s what happens next

NASA has successfully launched its Lucy mission to explore the history of the Solar System. Here's what comes next.

End Times

Look: Planet orbiting a dead star hints at Earth's future

Science

"No one has ever seen this before": Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is speeding up

Is this just temporary, or will the storm return to its former glory? The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a major change underway.

Twisting

Why NASA’s wild new asteroid mission is one of its weirdest endeavors yet

NASA's Lucy spacecraft is on a 12-year mission that could actually last forever.

The Superhero Issue

The real science of Poison Ivy reveals an even deadlier real-life villain

This misanthrope is more relevant than ever.