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Climate Crisis
Innovation

These 3 massive tech changes could radically alter the college experience

It is a future that will involve a drastically reduced role for full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who teach face to face.

Culture

The rise of the vampire: How diseases may have led to Dracula

It has its roots in a surprising place.

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.

Nature walk
Rockin' Rhythm

A “singing” endangered animal reveals the evolutionary origins of music

These lemurs have got some groove.

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.

LIFE IN SPACE
Artemis

Look: NASA’s SLS mega-rocket is one step closer to the Moon

Innovation

SpaceX: Incredible video shows the Starship engine’s huge power

Stand back.

Science

Would a body decompose in space? What the science reveals

Going to space will mean tackling new questions.

Science

Astronomers catch a preview of the Sun's grisly demise

Scientists have long known the fate of our solar system — and likely the fate of Earth itself.

Snapshot

75 years ago, a Nazi rocket took the first photo of Earth from space

The first photo of Earth taken from space captured imaginations in 1946.

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.

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Sweet News

Look: Genetic analysis reveals the ancient origin of the strawberry

New research explains why the strawberries of today looked different in the past.

Rockin' Rhythm

A “singing” endangered animal reveals the evolutionary origins of music

These lemurs have got some groove.

Science

Alien life could depend on this one geological event

And it may take some time to happen.

Science

Would a body decompose in space? What the science reveals

Going to space will mean tackling new questions.

Science

A test to diagnose psychopaths can help identify fish behaviours that could benefit aquaculture

This test scores responses to a series of questions to build a personality profile.

Science

Tiny, bean-shaped structures are secretly powering life as we know it

Big ideas on a small scale.

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.