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  • Microplastics Are Falling Along With Snow in the Arctic
    Frigid terrain on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, where researchers recently documented microplastic pollution in falling snow. (Credit: Sejsejlija/Shutterstock)When it snows in the Arctic, there's another kind of flake drifting down along…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 1:59pm -
  • An Atmospheric Drought Is Slowing Plant Growth Worldwide, Study Says
    Less moisture in the atmosphere means plants grow more slowly. (Credit: OhEngine/Shutterstock)Water shortage troubles are common in the arid West and South Africa. But they’re not the only places enduring dry spells. In a new study today, scien…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 11:56am -
  • Invasive Species Could Kill Nearly Half of U.S. Forests
    Hemlock trees killed by hemlock woolly adelgid in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. (Courtesy Songlin Fei)With its sparkling green wings, the emerald ash borer, a tiny beetle no longer than a knuckle-length, is almost beautiful…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 11:53am -
  • How Weather Forecasts Are Made
    Meteorologists are better at their jobs than you might think. Here's how heaps of data are turned into a forecast relevant to you.
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 6:00am -
  • How Cell Membranes May Have Kicked Off the Origin of Life
    (Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab)(Inside Science) -- Experts believe the building blocks of life first bumped into each other about 3.5 billion years ago. This serendipitous collision somehow helped form the first…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 6:20pm -
  • Wicked Hot Boston: Urban Heat Island (UHI) Mapping
    Want to map extreme heat in your community? Anyone, anywhere can take action with ISeeChange.It’s not just in your head; Boston really is hotter in the summer. When urban areas are warmer than surrounding non-urban environments, we experience a…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 5:26pm -
  • 9 Things You Think Are Environmentally Friendly — But Aren't
    Hopefully that bag isn't made out of organic cotton. (Credit: Vasiliy Ptitsyn/Shutterstock)We all care about the environment at least a tiny bit. Someof us more than others. But there are things a few of us do with the bestintentions that, it t…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 12:07pm -
  • Scientists Are Zapping Fake Electrical Grids to Help Us Survive an EMP Attack
    (Credit: Quality Stock Arts/Shutterstock)If you’re a doomsday prepper or were alive during the Cold War you may already be aware – and fearful – of an imminent electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. It’s a disaster scenario that’s captured…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 4:13pm -
  • Climate Change and Overfishing are Making Seafood More Toxic
    Some fish, like the bluefin tune pictured here, are accumulating higher levels of mercury due to human activities. (Credit: Guido Montaldo/Shutterstock)The USDA recommends Americans eat at least two servings of seafood every week. Most of us turn…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 2:16pm -
  • When Earth's Magnetic Field Flips, It Could Take Thousands of Years
    A computer model of Earth's magnetic field. (Credit: U.S. Department of Energy)North, I was once surprised to learn, is not always north. There’s geographic north, “up” on maps toward the North Pole, and then there’s magnetic north, which…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Aug 19, 2:00pm -

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