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Plastic flow: can land-based pollution be stopped?

Asian countries are pledging to reduce the amount of land-based marine pollution, especially that flowing down their larger riversGoal 14 of the …

Pollution

Exhausts from shipping lanes worsen lightning storms

Shipping traffic can increase lightning strikes, according to a pioneering study by the American Geophysical UnionSkies studied over two of the …

University of Washington

From Blair to Brexit: How Britain Changed Between the 1997 and 2017 Elections

May marked the start of the short campaign for Britain’s next general election, set for June 8. But it also marked the anniversaries of two towering …

Here Are the Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life

Here's what you have to look forward to.<p>Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s …

Demographics

Jupiter Is Much Stranger Than Scientists Thought

The Juno spacecraft has made several close flybys of the gas giant, revealing massive cyclones—and other weird features beneath its surface.<p>About every eight weeks, hundreds of millions of miles away, a basketball court-sized spacecraft named Juno swoops toward Jupiter. For a few hours, Juno loops …

How worried should we be about artificial intelligence? I asked 17 experts.

“We should take seriously the possibility that things could go radically wrong.”<p>Imagine that, in 20 or 30 years, a company creates the first artificially intelligent humanoid robot. Let’s call her “Ava.” She looks like a person, talks like a person, interacts like a person. If you were to meet Ava, …

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics<p>Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the …

Internet

How a Scientist Mapped the Entire Peruvian Amazon by Plane

Next stop: space.<p>In August 2011, I climbed onto a small twin-propeller plane, crouching down to avoid smacking my head. The plane took off from Cusco, Peru, and was soon soaring over the Amazon rainforest. From the window, I could see a vast, unbroken layer of trees, greeting the horizon in every …

Amazon River