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Climate Crisis
forces

Watch: Jaw-dropping images show Tonga volcano eruption from space

Incredible.

Good Living

Gut study reveals why pandas get huge despite their terrible diet

Trust the gut.

Roof of the World

At the “Roof of the World,” solar power is a necessary evil

Since the fall of the Soviet Union and Tajikistan’s subsequent independence in 1991, neither state-supplied electricity nor state water has reached Alichur, a town of 2,000 people that sits 13,000 feet above sea level in the Pamir Mountains.

Culture

Living through Tajikistan’s climate apocalypse

Culture

Tajikistan: The Climate Crisis at the Roof of the World

The temperature is rising faster in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains (elevation 25,095 feet) than the global average. These are the stories of the people living through our coming climate crisis, today. This series was supported by the Pulitzer Center.

The Roof of the World

In Tajikistan, a deadly new type of climate crisis has already arrived

Part one in a three-part series: The climate crisis at the Roof of the World.

Science

How human behavior is endangering England's hidden “rainforests”

Many chalk aquifers are sadly polluted.

Good Eats

Which diet is the healthiest? One eating hack can boost more than your body

It's a no-brainer.

Breeding Grounds

Meet the ginormous fish colony lurking beneath Antarctic ice

Just an average day in the deep sea.

Racism in Nature

Scientists confirm 6 links between race and air pollution

A positive trend in decreasing air pollution masks glaring racial disparities.

Go with the flow

Juno data shows a surprising connection between Earth’s oceans and Jupiter’s cyclones

Fluid dynamics studied in Earth’s oceans show what drives Jupiter’s powerful cyclones.

Science

How to save birds: 4 easy steps to make your backyard a sanctuary

Many of the species in our gardens and on balconies are under threat.

SOS

11 vital climate lessons from 2021 to help you through 2022

This year will be pivotal.

Innovation

Researchers still can't decode this enigmatic 253-year-old Polynesian map

This island-filled chart has puzzled scholars for more than 250 years.

Science

Why don’t we throw our trash into a volcano? The fiery science explained

This is the burning issue.

Science

Insect art: Why some artists opt for invertebrate inspiration

Throughout history and across cultures, insects have inspired artists and challenged viewers to shift their perspective

Nature walk
Good Living

Gut study reveals why pandas get huge despite their terrible diet

Trust the gut.

Science

How human behavior is endangering England's hidden “rainforests”

Many chalk aquifers are sadly polluted.

Good Eats

Which diet is the healthiest? One eating hack can boost more than your body

It's a no-brainer.

Racism in Nature

Scientists confirm 6 links between race and air pollution

A positive trend in decreasing air pollution masks glaring racial disparities.

Human History

Fossils that "clearly foreshadow" modern humans are 30,000 years older than we thought

Scientists update the age of the Omo I fossils in eastern Africa, pushing the timeline of human history in the region back by some 30,000 years.

Sex Ed

Dolphin study could help us understand the evolution of female pleasure

Scientists suggest the dolphin clitoris plays an important role in sexual pleasure, helping us understand the evolution of this behavior.

Cat Corner

Does my cat think I’m just a bigger cat? It’s complicated

What is Tiddles thinking?

SOS

11 vital climate lessons from 2021 to help you through 2022

This year will be pivotal.

Light as a feather

Revealed: A beautiful connection between birds’ appearances and their behavior

Skunky

Why does cannabis smell? The answer might not be what you think

As always, science has a surprising answer.

Ancient Life

Scientists discover an ancient oceanic reptile that evolved exceedingly fast

Scientists now know how this big boy joined the ranks of ocean giants.

You Need to Calm Down

Elephant study could reduce conflict with humans

This one factor keeps young male elephants cool and calm in the face of humans.

Ocean Breeze

Sea spray could be dousing you in toxic "forever chemicals" — study

Scientists reveal chemicals known as PFAAs, are being transported across long distances on sea spray, thereby entering the atmosphere and impacting human health.

Origin of Life

How did life arise? New study offers fundamental evidence for a disputed theory

Meet LUCA, the ancestor you never knew you had.

Ribbit

Scientists see a strange — and worrying — climate change effect in frogs

It's not a good sign.

City Living

Is planting trees good for cities? Why this question misses an essential truth

This is a two-way street.

LIFE IN SPACE
Ready

The Webb telescope reaches its final deployment challenge

The telescope finished deploying all 18 of its mirror segments Wednesday, leaving one last task before it takes up its deep space post.

got you!

Scientists may have found a strange way to detect dark matter collisions

The shockwave caused by the collision would break the sound barrier.

Innovation

SpaceX Starship: Rocket Lab CEO explains a flaw in Elon Musk's plan

Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck has warned that SpaceX's Starship won't be ideal for all its planned uses.

This week in science

Martian carbon signatures and more: Understand the world through 7 images

Musk Reads

SpaceX’s busy year is already ramping up with another Starlink launch

SpaceX launches, Tesla can’t stand the snow, Elon Musk embraces Dogecoin.

Mama?

New study reveals the gentler side of black holes

This tiny galaxy has a huge black hole at its center that’s churning out stars.

Innovation

SpaceX Starlink still hasn't solved its biggest problem

Starlink, SpaceX's internet connectivity constellation, is wreaking havoc on scientific research.

Primordial soup

Look: Primitive cells could confirm Mars once hosted life

Martian mystery

Curiosity finds “intriguing carbon signatures” on Mars

One potential culprit? Ancient Martian microbes.

Inverse Interview

The Webb Telescope is uniquely able to find potentially habitable worlds — here's why

There are 70 planets scheduled for study in the first year of Webb alone.

Science

Going to space can literally change the shape of your eyeball. Here’s why.

One more thing to consider before buying that Blue Origin ticket.

Science

What happens to your body if you die in space? It’s complicated

On short missions, it’s likely the body would be brought back to Earth.

On deck

NASA 2022 calendar: 11 space missions and projects to look forward to

NASA had a big 2021 and finally launched the James Webb Telescope. But its 2022 schedule is nothing to sneeze at.

Straight for Venus

Exclusive: How Rocket Lab’s giant rocket powers the future of space

Peter Beck is charting his own course.

Science

Netflix’s best apocalypse movie reveals the truth about planet-killing asteroids

This movie hits its target.

Reel Science

The best sci-fi thriller on HBO Max reveals a deadly cosmic threat

Gravity, streaming on HBO Max, portrays the space phenomenon of Kessler Syndrome. But is it realistic? We check in with a space expert to answer your questions.

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share and share alike

Pioneering study reveals how babies work out who they can trust

Babies may drool a lot themselves, but they’re more interested in your drool than you might think.

Ready

The Webb telescope reaches its final deployment challenge

The telescope finished deploying all 18 of its mirror segments Wednesday, leaving one last task before it takes up its deep space post.

forces

Watch: Jaw-dropping images show Tonga volcano eruption from space

Incredible.

got you!

Scientists may have found a strange way to detect dark matter collisions

The shockwave caused by the collision would break the sound barrier.

Good Living

Gut study reveals why pandas get huge despite their terrible diet

Trust the gut.

This week in science

Martian carbon signatures and more: Understand the world through 7 images

Pleasantly sticky

China's Yutu-2 rover: 3 discoveries from the far side of the Moon

The findings reveal mysterious soil and build the groundwork for future missions.

Mama?

New study reveals the gentler side of black holes

This tiny galaxy has a huge black hole at its center that’s churning out stars.

zero to sixty

Watch: Microscopic beetle bends the rules of flight

Small but mighty.

Innovation

SpaceX Starlink still hasn't solved its biggest problem

Starlink, SpaceX's internet connectivity constellation, is wreaking havoc on scientific research.

Slurp

The surprising connection between straws and funerals

These might be the oldest straws in our possession today.

Primordial soup

Look: Primitive cells could confirm Mars once hosted life

Eyes

ESA exoplanet hunter PLATO: Mission, launch date, primary goal

The European Space Agency's upcoming PLATO exoplanet mission just cleared an important hurdle, clearing telescope's further development toward a 2026 launch.

Martian mystery

Curiosity finds “intriguing carbon signatures” on Mars

One potential culprit? Ancient Martian microbes.

There yet?

Almost there: Webb telescope is 90 percent of the way to its destination

As of Tuesday afternoon, the James Webb Space Telescope was more than 93 percent of the way to L2.

Pretty Penny

Look: A mysterious Bronze Age animal reveals an evolutionary first

Meet the kunga.