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Report: Costly Electric Vehicles Hardly Do Anything To Help The Environment

An in-depth study found that, contrary to widespread belief, zero-emissions vehicles actually increase the amount of pollution that is emitted into …

Electric Vehicles

Ancient Rome's Silver Obsession Left an Unlikely Stain on Greenland's Ice

Part of Europe's historical record is written in ice 2,700 miles away.<p>Ancient cultures like the Romans, Carthaginians, and Phoenicians sought to …

Research

New approach to global-warming projections could make regional estimates more precise

A new method for projecting how the temperature will respond to human impacts supports the outlook for substantial global warming throughout this …

Climate Change

Trump is greener than you think

Environmental groups may have it out for President Trump because of his record of rolling back Environmental Protection Agency rules, but beneath the …

Energy

Can A Cocktail Of Vitamins And Steroids Cure A Major Killer In Hospitals?

Scientists have launched two large studies to test a medical treatment that, if proven effective, could have an enormous impact on the leading cause of death in American hospitals.<p>The treatment is aimed at sepsis, a condition in which the body's inflammatory response rages out of control in …

Medicine

The real reason we’re searching for another Earth

How would do you recognize another Earth while you’re on this one?<p>That’s a question astronomers often try to answer. Oh, the scientists say, they …

Universe

How to understand Stephen Hawking's final paper. Or at least try

It all started with a Big Bang. But then what?<p>Renowned theoretical astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had been trying to answer that and other questions …

Quantum Mechanics

The World's Fifth Largest Economy Is About to Require Solar Panels for All New Homes

California is about to become the first state in the U.S.—and possibly the first government in the world—to require solar power installations on all …

Solar Power

Earth just soared past yet another climate change milestone

The Earth's atmosphere is more saturated with greenhouse gases now than at any other time in human history. For the first time on record, the average …

Climate Change

A Temperature Roller Coaster Could Be Coming

New research suggests that global warming could cause temperature swings to get unusually extreme. And the regions where the biggest swings will occur are among the poorest in the world — and the least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.<p>Climate scientists already …

Climate Change

We're Not as Doomed as We Think, Ecologists Argue

It’s hard to talk to ecologists these days without drowning in doom. But a new review paper from members of the Wildlife Conservation Society …

Ecology

Two terrific Scientific American Articles About Climate Change--evidence and logic.

Some of the corporate liars on climate change and their Republican buddies get away with this because the evidence so far is often somewhat garbled. …

National Science Foundation

Heat waves over the ocean have ballooned and are wreaking havoc on marine life

Heat waves over the world’s oceans are becoming longer and more frequent, damaging coral reefs and creating chaos for aquatic species. A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications found a 54 percent increase in the number of days in which heat waves have cooked the oceans since …

Global Warming

Scientists neutralize and reverse a key genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease has a range of risk factors, but one of the clearest connections is the gene apoE4. Now, researchers at the Gladstone Institutes …

Neuroscience

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Biology

Stop Ending Your Speeches with 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead

Don't let your audience decide how you're going to end your presentation<p>You have a big presentation to make to your client, your funders or your boss. You've spent hours developing a deck that's concise, crisp and visually stunning. You've practiced the delivery so that you speak with clarity, calm …

Public Speaking

Bad news! Extreme ocean heat waves are a thing, and they're getting worse

Things got really strange in the waters off of Southern California in 2015.<p>Pacific Ocean temperatures jumped as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit above …

Climate Change

Huge Sperm Whale Reduced to Empty Carcass After Ingesting 64 Lbs of Plastic

The ocean's trash problem is getting out of hand.<p>Indigestion can be crippling, leaving one toilet-bound for days. In the ocean, however, it can send …

Another Place Plastics Are Turning Up: Organic Fertilizer From Food Waste

Tiny particles of plastic are showing up all over the world, floating in the ocean, buried in soil, in food and even in beer. Now there's new research that's found microplastics in fertilizer — organic fertilizer from food waste, in fact.<p>Collecting food waste to make fertilizer is a big deal in …

Pollution

Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn

Unsustainable exploitation of the natural world threatens food and water security of billions of people, major UN-backed biodiversity study reveals<p>Human destruction of nature is rapidly eroding the world’s capacity to provide food, water and security to billions of people, according to the most …

Ecology

China Started Trade War, Not Trump

If there’s a trade war between the U.S. and China, don’t blame Donald Trump: China started it long before he became president.<p>Even free traders and internationalists agree China’s predatory trade practices—which include forcing U.S. business to transfer valuable technology to Chinese firms and …

China

This Glass Could Turn Our Homes, Cars, And Screens Into Power Plants

Scientists have turned transparent glass into a temperature-activated material that can block sunlight and generate electricity.<p>You’ve probably seen conductive windows that can shade you from sunlight at the click of a button. Now, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are …

Everyone should take the climate change class a federal judge just held in his courtroom

Before he would have to decide whether major oil companies could be held liable for climate change, William Alsup wanted to get some facts straight.<p>Alsup, who studied engineering and has a degree in math, is a federal judge with a reputation for probing for scientific details. The Verge called him …

Climate Change

This Blind Fish Is Giving Scientists a New Perspective on Diabetes

In the inky depths, it's used diabetes to survive.<p>The pale, eyeless pink Mexican cavefish is surprisingly chubby for a fish that lives in an …

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think it Is

It’s not all bottles and straws—the patch is mostly abandoned fishing gear.<p>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a …

Scientists say the dream of unlimited clean energy is about to come true

In just 15 years, the U.S. will be producing unlimited amounts of nearly free, completely green energy. Not only would such an energy holy grail mean the end of humanity’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels, it would also be a panacea for climate change.<p>Amazingly, this is not a science fiction. …

Energy

Strange Diamonds Reveal 'Ice-VII', a Form of Frozen Water We've Never Seen

"That's what you call a discovery."<p>We’re used to volcanoes spewing up magma and ash, but sometimes they’ll gush forth <i>diamonds</i>. And sometimes, those …

Sea Level Rise in the SF Bay Area Just Got a Lot More Dire

If you move to the San Francisco Bay Area, prepare to pay some of the most exorbitant home prices on the planet. Also, prepare for the fact that …

3.6-million-year-old human skeleton found, shocking scientists

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Researchers in South Africa have unveiled what they call “by far the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years ever found.”<p>The University of the Witwatersrand displayed the virtually complete Australopithecus fossil on Wednesday.<p>The skeleton dates …

South Africa

This soul-crushing video of a starving polar bear on dry land shows how global warming is destroying wildlife

A video of a starving wild polar bear roaming around dry land looking for food has gone viral.<p>In the heartbreaking footage, taken in Canada's northerly Baffin Islands, the bony male polar bear slowly ambles along dry land.<p>Head down, he rummages in a nearby rubbish bin looking for food. When he …