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Volcanologist Explains Why Guatemala's Fuego Is Deadlier Than Kilauea

'You cannot outrun this.'<p>Two of Earth’s great volcanoes are erupting right now, but one of them is far deadlier than the other. While lava from …

Hurricanes are slowing down, and that's very bad news for everyone

Hurricanes and typhoons — the monstrous, destructive storms that bring extreme wind and rain to coasts around the world — are slowing their pace as …

The genes of many marine creatures are patented—and one company owns half of them

Regulation is lagging behind industry.<p>From the tiniest microbe to the biggest whale, the ocean is teeming with life. For corporations and researchers, that biodiversity is a veritable gold mine of genetic potential—but in the unregulated environment of the high seas, those corporations may delve …

Patents

The EPA is keeping a troubling new study on drinking water under wraps. Here’s what you need to know.

Will Scott Pruitt release it ahead of next week’s summit on harmful chemicals in water?<p>The Environmental Protection Agency has been in the news a lot lately, thanks in large part to its administrator, Scott Pruitt, who appeared before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday as part of the 12 …

A map of the world after four degrees of warming

In this speculative world map published in 2009, New Scientist imagines what the world might look like if (or more likely, when) the Earth warms by …

Scientists solve a methane puzzle

Since 2006, levels of heat-trapping methane in Earth’s atmosphere have risen sharply. A new study settles a disagreement about the source.<p>The video …

Portable DNA Sequencer Searches for Life in Extraterrestrial-Like Conditions

During tests in the Canadian Arctic, a portable DNA sequencer searched for microbes in conditions like those thought to exist on Enceladus, Europa, …

Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold.<p>"Are you ready …

Global Warming

Shellfish Industry, Scientists Wrestle With Potentially Deadly Toxic Algae Bloom

A new threat to New England's shellfish industry seems to be establishing itself more firmly, and regulators are trying to stay ahead of potentially deadly blooms of toxic algae that may be driven by climate change.<p>Thirty years ago, four people died from amnesic shellfish poisoning after eating …

Teen Brains Find It Hard to Work Out What's Actually Important

Like, whatever.<p>Even when we're teenagers, our brains still have a lot of developing to do. New research suggests that teenage brains haven't matured …

Nature Communications

Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake in Utah is roughly the same area as 75 Manhattans. It feeds and houses millions of birds of hundreds of species, provides the namesake of Utah’s capital city and some credit it for the state’s trademarked claim to “the greatest snow on earth.”<p>And it’s vanishing.<p>Since 1847, the …

Periods of the Cenozoic Era

01<p>of 03<p>Our current Era in the Geologic Time Scale is called the Cenozoic Era. Compared to all of the other Eras throughout the history of the Earth, …

EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps Long Quest

<i>Editor's note: The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria as a "biopesticide" in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The bacteria keep mosquitoes from spreading diseases like dengue and Zika. Back in 2012, NPR's Joe Palca wrote about</i> …

Public Health

How Conjoined Twins Are Making Scientists Question the Concept of Self

“When they were about a year and a half,” says Felicia Hogan, “we got told it was impossible to separate them without harming or killing one.” Her …

Power Rangers

Eating Too Much Sugar Is Linked to Depression in Men, Poor Things

Good news for women: While added sugar is arguably unhealthy for everyone, and puts your physical health at risk, it turns out women can at least …

The world's water quality might be in trouble

More precipitation, more problems.<p>When we think about how climate change will impact water, we “tend to think about droughts or flooding or extreme rainfall,” says Anna Michalak. “But the linkages between climate and water quality are potentially just as strong as climate and water …

30 percent of the energy sent to Earth bounces back into outer space. Climate change could upend that.

Our swiftly dimming planet.<p>If you’ve ever made the mistake of wearing a black shirt on a sweltering day, you know that dark colors absorb the sun’s heat, while light colors reflect it. Our planet works the same way. White surfaces, like the snow on the world’s glaciers, reflect the sun’s rays back …

Mars soil may be toxic to microbes

The Martian surface may be even less hospitable to life than scientists had thought.<p>Ultraviolet (UV) radiation streaming from the sun "activates" chlorine compounds in the Red Planet's soil, turning them into potent microbe-killers, a new study suggests.<p>These compounds, known as perchlorates , seem …

The sixth mass genesis? New species are coming into existence faster than ever thanks to humans

Animals and plants are seemingly disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs died out, 66m years ago. The death knell tolls for life on …

Ecology