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Forest Fires Stoke Record Loss in World Tree Cover

Wildfires contributed to global tree cover loss equivalent to the size of New Zealand in 2016

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Self-Driving Snow Plows Could Battle Winter

We hate to break it to you, but winter is coming. And with winter comes snow, which tends to spoil people’s travel plans. But a group of self-driving snowplows could clear the tarmac faster and more efficiently, helping make winter-weather delays a t… Continue reading

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The Interplanetary Political Football of Space Exploration

The National Space Council has been revived, but whether that’s good for astronomy, planetary science and space exploration remains to be seen

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Small-Minded Strategy: The Common Shrew Shrinks Its Head to Survive Winter

The startling change may help conserve energy

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Washington D.C. Tackles Emissions with Dockless Bikes

The city aims to cut its emissions 50 percent by 2032, in large part by developing car alternatives

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Sharklike Helicoprion Ruled Its Environs with a Row of Vertical Teeth

An extinct monster fish shows that, yes, evolution could be that crazy

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Calling All 2018 Candidates: We Want Your Positions on Science and Technology

Until we insist that candidates address science and technology policy when campaigning, we cannot expect them to do so once they’re in office

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Why Does Autism Impact Boys More Often Than Girls?

Exposures to inorganic mercury in the processed food supply might be a reason

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Astrophysicist Leads a Tour of the "Zoomable Universe"

A conversation with scientist and author Caleb Scharf about the relative scales of the universe, the limits of knowledge and finding significance in life

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The Real Zombies of Nature

The zombie has had a bit of a renaissance over the last decade. Hollywood churns out films like World War Z and TV shows like The Walking Dead, communities throughout the country hold zombie runs and…

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Paleo Profile: The Fierce Cat

Part of a jaw reveals a new species of carnivore from ancient Africa

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Underestimating After-School STEM Is for the Birds

Informal introductions to new ideas can open doors for participation in citizen science – like tracking local bird populations – long after a particular program ends.

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Quantum Machine Goes in Search of the Higgs Boson

D-Wave system shows quantum computers can learn to detect particle signatures in mountains of data, but doesn’t outpace conventional methods — yet

 

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Household Chores for Mathematicians

Need a babysitter? Ask a combinatorialist. Baseboards dirty? A number theorist won’t mind cleaning them. And other highly scientific recommendations for mathematicians to handle the housework

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See Food Diet

Fossil poop reveals a surprise about dinosaur diets

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Parasite Can Pass Warnings between Co-Joined Hosts

The plant parasite dodder grafts itself to multiple hosts, fusing the plants into a superorganism that can produce surprising effects

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Space Science Needs a Private-Funding Boost

Cost-effective commercial capabilities could spark new waves of discovery

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China Bans Foreign Waste–but What Will Happen to the World’s Recycling?

The impact of this will be far-reaching because China is the dominant market for recycled plastic

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Mosquitoes to Other Flying Insects: Do You Even Generate Lift?

Mosquitos stealthily float off us after filling up, by virtue of fast wingbeats that generate almost instant lift with only an imperceptible additional push from the legs.  

 

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‘Lights-Out’ Manufacturing Hits Main Street

Robots toiling day and night assembling widgets and thingamabobs in pitch-black warehouses isn’t some mustache-twirling industrialist tycoon’s fantasy. It’s here, it’s the future of manufacturing, and it’s not just the multinational conglomerat… Continue reading

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DNA Techniques Could Transform Facial Recognition Technology

Early tests of the “vide-omics” principle have already demonstrated its potential

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East of Siberia: The Fragility of Field Plans

Sometimes your truck makes it across the frozen river, and sometimes it doesn’t

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Jupiter’s Stormy Winds Churn Deep into the Planet

Juno probe discovers surprising activity in the giant planet’s interior

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Oceans Can Rise in Sudden Bursts

Fossilized corals off Texas show that in the past, sea level rose several meters in just decades, probably due to collapsing glaciers

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A Sugar Tax Is Not Enough

There must also be a clear national dialogue on what healthy balanced diet looks like

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The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion

By 2030, say projections, a third of Americans will have no religious preference

 

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Link between Adolescent Pot Smoking and Psychosis Strengthens

Research presented at a Berlin psychiatric conference shows teenage cannabis use hastens onset of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals

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Keep Your Wi-Fi off KRACK

Up-to-date software, apps, browsers and router software offer the best protection against a potential flaw in wi-fi security called a key reinstallation attack, or KRACK.

 

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The Ongoing Plight of Girls in STEM

As the nation reckons with the retrograde or often demeaning messages so many women encounter throughout their lives, it seems a good time to remember how these messages exacerbate gender imbalances in STEM.A pair of sticker books published together in… Continue reading

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Humans May Be Influencing Bird Evolution in Their Backyards

Great tits in the U.K. have developed longer beaks, possibly to gain access to bird feeders

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