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Scent of Death: Honeybees Use Odors to Clean Out Deceased Broods

Understanding this mechanism could help scientists breed healthier colonies

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The Arctic Permafrost Holds a Crazy Amount of Mercury–and That’s Bad News

A new study on the Northern Hemisphere’s mercury has troubling implications for wildlife and human health

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Wait–the Ozone Layer Is Still Declining?

The lower stratosphere’s ozone continues to decrease, despite the world’s success in phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals

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Wait–the Ozone Layer Is Still Declining?

The lower stratosphere’s ozone continues to decrease, despite the world’s success in phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals

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Ask the Experts: Does Rising CO2 Benefit Plants?

Climate change’s negative effects on plants will likely outweigh any gains from elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels

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Glow Sticks Help Ecologists Study Amphibians

Ecologists needed a way to more easily keep track of populations of amphibians, and green glow sticks lit the way.

 

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What Is This "Bomb Cyclone" Threatening the U.S.?

A sharp kink in the jet stream is driving the storm’s strong winds and precipitation

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New Airplane Design Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The craft could save up to 66 percent in fuel and fly by 2035

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How DNA Could Unlock the Mysteries of Melting Glaciers and Ice Sheets

Researchers have created tiny DNA-filled capsules that can track where and how water flows when ice thaws

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Get Ready for More Volcanic Eruptions as the Planet Warms

A new study shows that even relatively small-scale climatic changes affect volcanic activity

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Major Report: Some Extreme Weather Can Only Be Blamed on Humans

A high-profile science panel finds several severe events in 2016 could not have naturally occurred

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Conservative Hunters and Fishers May Help Determine the Fate of National Monuments

Sporting groups have entered the political fray in the monuments debate

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Think Hurricane Harvey’s Flooding Was Bad? Just Wait until 2100

Storms with much greater rainfall are predicted to hit North America by century’s end

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Feathers Help This Bird Sound the Alarm

The crested pigeon, found in Australia, has a modified wing feather that helps produce an alarm signal sound to warn other birds when there’s trouble.

 

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New Weapons in Humanity’s War on Mosquitoes

Chemical innovations lure in and kill the disease-carrying insects

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Scientists Unearth Revealing Details about the World’s Biggest Mud Volcano

Its destructive eruptions may help researchers better understand mass extinctions

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Global Climate Meeting Will Forge Ahead, Despite Trump’s Contempt

Countries will map out how to meet their carbon-reduction pledges; U.S. governors and mayors will step up

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Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA

Experts debate what amateur scientists could accomplish with the powerful DNA editing tool—and whether its ready availability is cause for concern 

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Was the Extreme 2017 Hurricane Season Driven by Climate Change?

Global warming already appears to be making hurricanes more intense

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Even Jellyfish Need a Nap

Jellyfish exhibit signs of a sleep state, which could mean that sleep predates the evolutionary development of central nervous systems.

 

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Electric Eels Increase Shock by Leaving Water

Submerged electric eels lose current to water, so they apparently leap into the air to minimize their contact with water and maximize their shock value.

 

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Hurricane Irma: Florida’s Overdevelopment Has Created a Ticking Time Bomb

Disaster risk expert says intense population growth and urban coastal development have created a huge danger

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Ask the Experts: How Did 2 Such Powerful Hurricanes Occur Back to Back?

Both Harvey and Irma intensified due to perfect storm conditions

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High Rises Made of Wood?

Tall timber buildings could produce fewer emissions and sequester carbon dioxide

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Hurricane Harvey: Houston Has No Quick Way to Get Rid of Floodwater 

The city is limited by reliance on slow-draining bayous to carry out the rain

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State Department Science Envoy Explains Why Trump Drove Him to Resign

Daniel Kammen decries Trump’s attitude and policies on human rights and sustainability 

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Trump’s EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law

The agency has released controversial new rules for evaluating a chemical’s risk

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Al Gore Says Climate’s Best Hope Lies in Cities and Solar Power

In an exclusive interview Gore also maintains that the Trump administration is relinquishing U.S. climate leadership to China and India

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Al Gore Returns with an Ever-More Inconvenient Truth

The vice president-turned-environmental crusader takes viewers to climate change’s front lines in his documentary sequel

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Too Sunny in Philadelphia? Satellites Zero in on Dangerous Urban Heat Islands

Satellite and socioeconomic data can pinpoint which of a city’s neighborhoods are most at risk during heat waves

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