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Deforestation Ticks Up in Brazil’s Savanna

The Cerrado is the most threatened biome in Brazil, environmentalists proclaim

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Trump’s EPA Puts Our Health at Risk

The agency’s proposed new rule would allow it to ignore the best available science

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Late Snowpack Signals a Lost Summer for Greenland’s Shorebirds

Sanderlings, red knots and ruddy turnstones failed to breed this year along the Arctic island’s east coast due to record snow cover

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Smart Mouth Guard Senses Muscle Fatigue

A prototype flexible electronic mouth guard can measure lactate levels in an athlete’s saliva, tracking muscle fatigue during training and performance.

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What Is Green Exercise?

Being outdoors can lower our levels of stress, our pulse rate, and even our blood pressure. But what happens when we exercise in a green space?

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Why It’s So Hard to Junk Bad Decisions–Edging Closer to Understanding "Sunk Cost"

Humans, rats and mice all exhibit the decision-making phenomenon, but new research suggests not all choices are equally vulnerable to it

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Open-and-Shut Case

The climate is changing, there are fingerprints all over the scene, and we know, beyond any reasonable doubt, that humans are mostly responsible

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Discovery of Massive Granite Sarcophagus Presents Mystery of Who Is Inside

The coffin, discovered in Alexandria, Egypt, is a rare example of an unopened tomb

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Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil

As the state weathers the impacts of climate change, its economy still relies on fossil fuels

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Neutrinos on Ice: Astronomers’ Long Hunt for Source of Extragalactic "Ghost Particles" Pays Off

Along with gravitational waves, the find adds more options for “multimessenger” astronomy, which does not solely rely on light to gather data

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Relaxing Vehicle-Efficiency Standards Is a Truly Dangerous Idea

The current EPA rules are better for our wallets and our health

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It’s Time to Stop Investing in New Oil and Gas Pipelines

We can’t trust the administration to do the right thing, so we need to convince investors to take their money elsewhere

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The Real Paleo Diet

Microscopic wear patterns on fossil teeth reveal what our ancestors ate—and provide insights into how climate change shaped human evolution

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CRISPR Makes Cancer Cells Turncoats That Attack Their Tumor

The experimental approach showed promise across three types of malignancies in mice

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Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Schools: The Reality

More students are coming from marginalized groups, but when they arrive they’re often told to hide what makes them different

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Scientists Pick Up the Genetic Scent of Stinkbug Invaders

New method that tests for insect DNA on farm produce could “revolutionize” agricultural pest surveillance

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Cold Fathers Have Leaner Children, Study Suggests

Did your dad like to take cold showers? Or perhaps he was a ski buff, or an open-water swimmer.

It’s too late now, but you very might well wish that your paternal progenitor had a fondness for cold temperatures. A new study published Monday in Natur… Continue reading

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Tools from China are Oldest Hint of Human Lineage Outside Africa

2.1-million-year-old stone tools suggest hominins reached East Asia much earlier than thought

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Giving Mice — Male and Female — Hot Flashes Reveals Possible Path to Treatment

Hot flashes — sudden rushes of overwhelming warmth that heat up the body like a roaring furnace – plague millions of women, and some men. Now scientists find a single type of brain cell is responsible for setting off these heat bombs in mice. The d… Continue reading

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As Hurricane Season Ramps Up, Flood Insurance Program Set to Expire

Efforts in Congress to reform the program have stalled, leaving property owners vulnerable

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How Will Our Species Survive in an Ever-Expanding Universe?

A hyper-advanced civilization might raid other galaxies for stars to keep the Milky Way glowing for trillions of years

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The Art of Lying

Lying has gotten a bad rap. In fact, it is among the most sophisticated accomplishments of the human mind. But how can one tell if a person is fibbing?

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If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Poised to Ban Abortion

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy had been a swing vote on the issue

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Bat-Killing Fungus Spreads to 2 New Species and 2 New States

The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome continues its deadly spread west, but a meeting of bat researchers reveals cause for hope

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From Defiled to Wild–Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?

Kentucky’s first mountaintop removal coal mine is being turned into grassland to support valuable game species

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Favorite Wine Grapes May Need Genetic Help

Wine book author Kevin Begos explains that just a few varieties of wine grapes dominate the industry, which leaves them vulnerable to potentially catastrophic disease outbreaks.

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A Baby’s Cries Predict Their Future Voice

By his baby bawls, we may know the next James Earl Jones.

According to a team of scientists from the United Kingdom and France, babies’ cries may accurately predict their voice pitch later in life. This, researchers say, is an indication that your g… Continue reading

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Controversial CRISPR "Gene Drives" Tested in Mammals for the First Time

Experiments in mice suggest the technology has a long way to go before being used for pest control in the wild

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We Can Thank Poor Evolutionary Design for Vitamin D Deficiencies

My doctor recently declared me deficient in vitamin D and prescribed a weekly pill. Because I take care to eat a healthy and diverse diet, I was a bit annoyed. She said it was no big deal and actually very common, the medical equivalent of a parent tel… Continue reading

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Method of Making Oxygen from Water in Zero Gravity Raises Hope for Long-Distance Space Travel

One of the main challenges with long-distance space flight is transporting enough oxygen for astronauts to breathe and enough fuel to power complex electronics

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