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Cassini Plunges To Saturn

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 4:06am

The Cassini mission to Saturn ends on Friday. Scientists will steer the spacecraft into Saturn's atmosphere and watch it burn up.

Good News For Snow Leopards, Bad News For Ash Trees

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:12pm

Snow leopards are no longer on the verge of extinction, a new assessment found. However, the situation is looking dire for five species of ash trees, now listed as "Critically Endangered."

(Image credit: Richard Vogel/AP)

Cassini Spacecraft Set To Complete 13-Year Saturn Mission

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

The Cassini spacecraft will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere Friday, incinerating itself in the process. Astrophysicist Jonathan Lunine talks about what the mission accomplished and its grand finale.

California Lawmakers To Vote On 100 Percent Clean Energy Mandate

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:15pm

To some, it's a chance for the state to cement its environmental leadership as the Trump administration rolls back Obama-era climate change programs.

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It's Like An 'Electric-Fence Sensation,' Says Scientist Who Let An Eel Shock His Arm

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 2:36pm

A neurobiologist noticed something strange whenever he tried to fish out electric eels in his lab using a net with a metal rim and handle. So he decided to roll up his sleeves and investigate.

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Efforts To Prevent Misuse Of Biomedical Research Fall Short

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 2:04pm

The National Academies of Sciences says not enough has been done to keep legitimate research on pathogens and toxins from being misappropriated and turned into biological weapons.

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Crashing Cassini

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:06am

It's always best to go out with a bang.

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If You Think Everyone Else Has More Friends, You're Not Alone

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 9:25am

Many first-year college students think their peers have more friends than they do, a study finds. But that can actually help motivate students to make new connections.

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What Should We Make Of Trump's Speech Patterns — And Our Responses To Them?

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 8:46am

Yes, President Trump's words tend to be simple and oft-repeated. The real question, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, may be what happens when we adopt them.

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VIDEO: Snot Otters Get A Second Chance In Ohio

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:03am

North America's largest amphibian, the Hellbender salamander, is in trouble. They are endangered in several states. A team in Ohio is trying to save them before it's too late.

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Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:00am

Flooding in Houston and utility outages led to belches of fumes from refineries and other industrial sites. Residents of a region already struggling with air pollution wonder: Is it safe to breathe?

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Montanans Pitch In To Bring Clean Air To Smoky Classrooms

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:54pm

Montana has recently pushed all their young students indoors because of the unprecedented level of smoke from wildfires. Some community groups are now collaborating to clean up that indoor air.

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Is The Apocalypse Coming? No, It Isn't!

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:49pm

Biblical literalists affirm in The Sign that Sept. 23 is the day the end comes as prophesied in Revelation. Fortunately, the film doesn't only present this version of the story, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Saturn's Strangest Sights, As Captured By A Doomed Spacecraft

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:26pm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn on Friday, but we'll always have the shots it took of icy volcanoes, hexagonal storms, ethane lakes and ripples in Saturn's rings.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NASA/JPL)

Lessons From The Stars: How To Live On A Climate-Changed World

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 9:55am

Classification of planets offers a way to see how Anthropocenes — and a successful route through them — might be part of a continuum of planetary evolution, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

(Image credit: Michael Osadciw/Courtesy of University of Rochester)

How The Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

An analysis of Seattle restaurants shows that as the city dramatically raised the minimum wage for restaurant employees and other workers, restaurants responded by lowering hygiene standards.

With Power Out, Many Florida Gas Stations Remain Closed

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:56pm

A lot of people evacuated Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Now they desperately want to come home, but the lack of fuel is making that tough.

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Pet-Store Puppies Linked To Campylobacter Outbreak In People

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:40pm

Adorable fuzzy puppies aren't usually thought of as disease vectors. But they come with germs, too. It's not clear how pet-store puppies caused dozens of humans to get sick with Campylobacter.

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Hurricane Irma Blasts Into The Record Books With Lasting Intensity

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 5:59am

Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide. It kept 185-mph winds for 37 hours — longer than any storm on record.

(Image credit: CIRA/CSU and NOAA/NESDIS/RAMMB)

Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 5:00am

Researchers set out to answer this question: Is there a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy? Turns out, that's a hard question to answer. The advice remains: Don't risk it.

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