Author Archives: Mark Fischetti

The Same Genes May Underlie Different Psychiatric Disorders

A distinct set of genes may underlie several psychiatric conditions

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Can Humans Live Well without Pillaging the Planet?

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Stronger, Wetter, Slower: How Hurricanes Will Change

Experts show how 22 recent hurricanes would be different if they formed near the end of this century

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New Data: Hurricanes Will Get Worse

Analysis of Hurricane Harvey, which drowned Houston, confirms predictions that the storms are likely to get bigger, be more intense and last longer

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Life Expectancy Is Rising Disproportionately across the U.S.

U.S. life span is rising disproportionately

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Reptiles Are Concentrated in Specific Locations, Often Unprotected

Lizards, snakes and turtles are concentrated in largely unprotected areas

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Are Nor’easters and Bomb Cyclones the New Normal?

More data are supporting a once-controversial theory that the warming Arctic is making winter weather more extreme

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Mass Extinction in Earth’s Oceans Could Begin by 2100

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What Is This Polar Vortex That Is Freezing the U.S.?

Why frigid air, normally bottled up at the North Pole, sometimes pours down as far south as Florida

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Rapper’s Lyrics about Climate Change Are Smart

Baba Brinkman makes climate rap hot

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Do Genes Mediate Our Behavior? [Video]

Studying the acute sense of smell may provide some answers

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School Immunization Laws Are Making Kindergarteners Safer

School immunization laws are working

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Deaths from Opioid Overdoses Soar

Men and women of all ages are dying from heroin and fentanyl overdoses

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Women and Men Die of Different Causes in Middle Age

What do most women and men die of?

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Just How Strong Is Hurricane Irma?

Here’s how Irma compares with Katrina, Patricia, Haiyan and other record holders

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Hurricane Harvey: Why Is It So Extreme?

How did the storm rapidly blow up from Category 1 to 4, why is it so stuck over Houston, how can it possibly produce so much rain? And more

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Solar Eclipse Charted for the Next 1,000 Years

Opportunities abound to watch the sun disappear if you live long and travel

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Nuclear Power Heats Up in Asia, Cools in the West

Asia aggressively builds nuclear power plants as the West withdraws

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Monday, 8 A.M.: Time to Have a Baby

Births peak on weekdays during daytime work hours

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A Loud Warning: Millions of People Do Not Protect Their Ears

Millions of people do not protect themselves against dangerously loud noise

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Surprise: Trillions of Insects Migrate

Surprising data show many species make annual treks

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What Is This "Atmospheric River" That Is Flooding California?

The San Francisco Bay Area is getting flooded with relentless rain and strong winds, just like it did a week ago, and fears of rising water are now becoming very serious

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Great Literature Is Surprisingly Arithmetic

Great literature is surprisingly arithmetic

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Why Do Our Memories Change? [Video]

We are certain that we remember events clearly, but most of us are only half right

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Groundhog Day Is Hogwash

Sure, Punxsutawney Phil is fun to watch, but his annual predictions about spring are no better than chance

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The Arctic Is Getting Crazy

Feedback loops between record Arctic temperatures and the jet stream may be altering our weather

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No Pause in Global Warming

Scientists, not politicians, resolve a set of controversial measurements

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The Top-22 Air Polluters Revealed

A small number of industrial facilities emit an enormous share of toxics and greenhouse gases

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All 2.3 Million Species Are Mapped into a Single Circle of Life

Lineages of all known species on earth are finally pieced together

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Patent Data Show That Companies Invent in Very Different Ways

Patent data show that companies have very different strategies for invention

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