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This Fearless 17-Year-Old Is America's Best Bet for Making It to Mars

“I wouldn't say I'd be ancient when I get back."<p>Like all teenagers, Alyssa Carson has had to make some hard choices. But as a 17-year-old in training …

Mars Mission

The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body

Scientists have just defined a new shape called the scutoid (SCOO-toid) while studying epithelial cells, the building blocks of embryos that …

Nature Communications

Elon Musk's rescue sub arrived in Thailand

Musk said it could also work as "an escape pod in space."<p>Elon Musk has a plan.<p>The billionaire entrepreneur and engineers at his private spaceflight company SpaceX designed a “kid-size submarine” that they said could help with a harrowing rescue operation underway to retrieve a group of boys trapped …

Tesla

The big picture: Hurricanes are slowing down, making floods worse

Last year, Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 5 feet of rain on the Houston area in just a few days making it the heaviest rainstorm the U.S. has ever …

Climate Change

Can Anyone Fill the U.S. Leadership Vacuum on Climate Change?

American withdrawal from the Paris agreement is a test for the future of the globe, but also for the international order.<p>One year ago, President Trump announced that he planned to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The decision derived from Trump’s insistence that climate …

Climate

Get To Know Andrew Wheeler, Ex-Coal Lobbyist With Inside Track To Lead EPA

After months spent staggering beneath the weight of roughly a dozen official ethics probes, mounting bipartisan criticism and one used mattress, Scott Pruitt decided to lay down his mantle as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday. But his leadership role didn't stay vacant …

EPA

Researchers find evolutionary 'tipping point' linked to climate change

Researchers studying the impact of extreme climate conditions on biodiversity found a "tipping point" at which species, under pressure from dwindling …

Why voters don't trust climate science

Despite the solid scientific consensus that human activity is driving climate change, acknowledgement of that across the political spectrum has …

Health Care

2017 Was a Really Bad Year for Tropical Forests

Tropical forests suffered some of their worst losses in history last year, according to a new report from the monitoring group Global Forest …

Hawaii Sunscreen Ban Aims to Stop Coral From Mysteriously Self-Destructing

Sunscreen chemicals seem to cause a very strange phenomenon in coral.<p>The corals of Hawaii are so stressed out that they’re encasing themselves <i>in</i> …

David Ige

The wind farm that Trump tried to stop goes live

An offshore wind farm in Scotland, that was fervently opposed by President Donald Trump a few years ago, has commenced operations.<p>Called the European …

36 years of bike race footage reveals how Belgium’s climate is changing

Green-thumbed grandmothers the world over have noticed a disturbing trend: Spring seems to be arriving earlier every year. But without hard data, …

Scientists can 3D print human heart tissue now. The future is here

Long term, the goal of 3D bioprinting is to be able to 3D print fully functioning organs which can be used to replace the failing biological organs …

India's huge solar ambitions could push coal further into shade

India says it intends to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world – another Indian project scheduled to open for bids next month.<p>But analysts have said the country has neither the infrastructure nor the energy demand to …

Renewable Energy

Dark matter: After looking in space, scientists search underground

Dark matter<p>The underground race to solve the universe's biggest mystery<p>Dark matter<p>The underground race to solve the universe's biggest mystery<p>In the …

How big corporations are — and aren't — fighting global warming

Major companies in the U.S. and worldwide are increasingly taking steps to lower the carbon footprint of what they produce, how they ship goods, and …

Electric Vehicles

Renewables are vital to Idaho's energy production

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Idaho is at the forefront of a nationwide movement toward renewable energy.<p>As of 2015, it ranked 44th in the nation for …

Half Of All Power Set To Come From Renewable Energy By 2050, While Coal Recedes To Just 11%

Renewable energy is set to go from strength to strength in coming years and it will be generating 50% of global electricity by 2050, according to one of the most authoritative voices in clean energy.<p>However, President Trump’s battle to save the coal industry looks doomed, with coal-powered …

Here's What Killed 13 Bald Eagles ... and Their Raccoon Dinner

Wildlife experts have partially solved a murder mystery regarding the deaths of 13 bald eagles, but they still don't know who did it.<p>The 13 eagles — …

Antarctica Is Getting Taller, and Here’s Why

Bedrock under Antarctica is rising more swiftly than ever recorded — about 1.6 inches (41 millimeters) upward per year. And thinning ice in …

Red Meat Allergies Caused By Tick Bites Are On The Rise

Tick bites can cause all sorts of nasty afflictions. And if you're bitten by a Lone Star tick, here's one more to add to the list: a red meat allergy.<p>Laura Stirling, 51, a Realtor who lives in Severna Park, Md., was diagnosed with the allergy last year. She got a tick bite while walking on a trail …

Disease

Gujarat govt to provide grid-linked solar panels to over 12,000 farmers

The grid-connected solar panels are being provided to farmers under a scheme called Suryashakti Kisan Yojna

Here’s what global warming looks like month by month for 137 years

The Earth is warmer now than at any time since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, and we're continuing to warm at an accelerated rate. In fact, …

Global Warming

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

Plants need carbon dioxide to live, but its effects on them are complicated.<p>As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how the plants we eat are being affected.<p>Mounting evidence suggests that many key plants lose …

Carbon Dioxide

Why Are Some of Africa's Biggest Baobab Trees Dying Off?

Baobab trees — ancient, otherworldly behemoths with bulbous trunks that splinter into a constellation of spindly branches — are some of Africa's most iconic living things.<p>Until late last year, the Platland tree in South Africa, also known as Sunland, was their queen. It was the continent's biggest …

South Africa

When It Comes to Achievement, There's Good News and Bad News

It really doesn't matter if you have natural ability or not.<p>You want to dominate in your profession, perfect your skill as a performer, or impress the world with your writing, artwork, or athletic achievements. There's just one problem: You're not very good at whatever it is you seek to do.<p>Should …

A Strange Type of Matter Might Lie Inside Neutron Stars, And It Breaks The Periodic Table

This is amazing and we are freaking out.<p>A group of physicists are questioning our understanding of how quarks - a type of elementary particle - …

Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?

In 2015, doctors in Germany reported the extraordinary case of a woman who suffered from what has traditionally been called “multiple personality …

Consciousness

'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

Some parents see it coming. Natalie was not that kind of parent.<p>Even after the director and a teacher at her older son's day care sat her down one afternoon in 2011 to detail the 3-year-old's difficulty socializing and his tendency to chatter endlessly about topics his peers showed no interest in, …

Autism

To Start a New Life at Proxima Centauri, This Is How Many People We Need to Send

Multiple generations will live and die on the ship.<p>Humanity has long dreamed about sending humans to other planets, even before crewed spaceflight …