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Every Day, Tons Of Viruses Are Swept Into The Sky And Fall Back Down To Earth

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:39pm

For the first time, scientists measured the quantity of viruses that are swept into the Earth's atmosphere and then fall back down. The study explains why similar viruses are spread across the globe.

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You Are Here: Scientists Unveil Precise Map Of More Than A Billion Stars

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:03am

The European Space Agency has released a chart of the exact positions of many stars in the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies. But the map only shows a small fraction of what's out there.

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Pruitt Proposes EPA Science Restrictions

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:54am

The EPA says it wants to only use research in which all data are publicly available. Scientists say this would hurt policy making on everything from air pollution to toxic waste and pesticides.

Pruitt Proposes New Rule Defining What Science Can Be Used By EPA

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:53pm

The EPA administrator wants to restrict the science used by the agency in its decision-making. Scientists are concerned it eliminates all good science in the process.

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Emma, Carrie, Vivian: How A Family Became A Test Case For Forced Sterilizations

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 8:00pm

The eugenicists were utopians, convinced that they were doing hard but necessary things. And that included making decisions about who gets to have children.

(Image credit: M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY)

Flint Activist Wins Major Environmental Prize

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:00am

LeeAnne Walters demanded action from local officials, confronting them with bottles of discolored water. They dismissed her for months. She meticulously documented lead levels in Flint homes.

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For 50 Years, Deep-Water Trawls Likely Caught More Fish Than Anyone Thought

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 7:00am

Using historical data and estimates from deep-sea trawls that drag nets along the ocean floor, researchers estimate that millions of tons of catch have gone unreported in the last 50 years.

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Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:59am

An FDA advisory committee last week urged approval of a drug containing cannabidiol to treat a form of epilepsy. Other scientists wonder if CBD might ease anxiety or other disorders, too.

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Who Cares If They're Cute? This Zoologist Accepts Animals On Their Own Terms

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 6:39am

Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren't doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Her book The Truth About Animals is organized around "fact and not sentimentality."

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When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 6:00am

In this latest form of self-harming behavior, adolescents anonymously post mean or derogatory comments about themselves on social media, as a way of managing feelings of sadness or self-loathing.

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Betting On Artificial Intelligence To Guide Earthquake Response

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:55pm

A California tech firm believes that artificial intelligence can help communities prepare for, and respond to, quakes.

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Malibu Moves to Ban Single-Use Plastic

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:53pm

Whether you think it's time or a waste of time, the city of Malibu decided to ban the use of plastic straws, utensils and stirrers as a means of reducing their harmful effects on the environment.

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It's the Hubble Space Telescope's Birthday. Enjoy Amazing Images Of The Lagoon Nebula

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:16pm

This month marks the Hubble Space Telescope's 28 years in space, and as a gift to us earthlings, NASA and the European Space Agency issued photos of colorful, explosive beauty.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, STScI)

Major Earthquake On Bay Area Fault Could Kill 800 People, USGS Predicts

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:36am

The U.S. Geological Survey simulated a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault near Oakland, Calif., and found that such a quake could kill hundreds and cause more than $100 billion in damage.

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For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:00am

After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.

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How Pokemon Inspired A Citizen Science Project To Monitor Tiny Streams

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:06am

How do we accurately forecast the amount of water that will be available any given year? It's not easy. But some Colorado scientists think they're onto a possible solution — inspired by Pokemon.

(Image credit: Kira Puntenney-Desmond/Colorado State University)

8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00am

Eight years after the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, a safety watchdog aims to prevent another disaster. But it faces multiple challenges, and a shift in focus under the Trump administration.

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Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted Off Canada's Pacific Coast For The First Time

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:05pm

This was a bizarre sight because this kind of dolphin has never before been spotted in this northern area. They like the warmer waters farther south. About 200 were swimming in the group.

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New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:31pm

As humans spread around the globe, other big mammals vanished. Researchers believe it's because they were tasty.

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Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:31pm

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

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