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Pink Moon 2018: How to Spot Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn Tonight

Tonight's full moon is a planetary party.<p>April was a month full of bright celestial happenings, including the Lyrid meteor shower that lit up the sky …

Astronomy

Absolute precision needed to construct Earth's largest telescopes

The Giant Magellan Telescope, currently being constructed in Chile, is expected to be operational by 2026. Currently, the project is in a critical …

Universe

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

On Earth Day, here are the best tools for keeping tabs on our home planet

We have more information about the health of planet Earth than ever before, and lots of exciting new initiatives that will put data tools at your …

Caltech Event Provides Introduction to Climate Science

Two-day series of lectures briefed attendees on the mechanisms driving climate changeNews Writer: Robert Perkins To mark the start of Earth Week, …

Absinthe, Thujone, & Artemisia absinthium: What You Need To Know

Estonia to offer free genetic testing, and other nations may follow

For residents of Estonia, genomic tests may soon become as commonplace as blood pressure. The country has launched the first stage of a national …

John Kelly shut down Pruitt’s climate denial ‘red team,’ but they have a Plan B

In 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide is an air pollutant, which means that if it poses a threat to public health or welfare, the EPA must regulate it under the Clean Air Act. In 2009, the EPA completed its review of the climate science literature and correctly concluded in its …

Climate Change

A brief history of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

I first encountered Stephen Hawking on the cover of the New York Times magazine. Inside, its pages told a story we all know today, but at the time it was a revelation: a Cambridge astrophysicist sought to solve the great mysteries of the universe, while he himself was trapped in a wheelchair by a …

Physics

Burning coal may have caused Earth’s worst mass extinction

Earth has so far gone through five mass extinction events – scientists are worried we’re on course to trigger a sixth – and the deadliest one happened 252 million years ago at the end of the Permian geologic period. In this event, coined “the Great Dying,” over 90% of marine species and 70% of …

Earth Science

The last-ditch effort to save the world’s forests

Each year, the Earth’s trees suck more than a hundred billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s an impossibly huge number to …

The 'Genome Hacker' Who Mapped a 13-Million-Person Family Tree

Huge crowdsourced genealogy databases are inspiring new genetics research.<p>Yaniv Erlich has been a white-hat hacker and a geneticist at Columbia University, and now he works for a genealogy company.<p>This unusual career trajectory has led, most recently, to a 13-million-person family tree unveiled …

Can You Hack Coral to Save It?

On September 10, 2017, as Hurricane Irma drowned the Florida Keys with a five-foot storm surge and shredded houses with 130 mph winds, David Vaughan, a 65-year-old marine biologist, and Frank Slifka, a 67-year-old maintenance man, huddled inside the Elizabeth Moore Center for Coral Reef Research …

Key West

Is sex the answer to your relationship woes?

How does it make you feel when your partner is cold and distant? Or when they’re critical and prickly? Does it make you want to rip their clothes off, order in a vat of whipped cream and install a chandelier to swing from?<p>No? Well there’s your problem – according, at least, to Michele Weiner-Davis, …

Relationships

List of largest producing countries of agricultural commodities

Production (and consumption) of agricultural plant commodities has a diverse geographical distribution. Along with climate and corresponding types of …

A Cup of Joe That’s Also Good for the Birds

Most of us can’t begin the day without a cup of coffee. Coffee is a major agricultural crop in many Central and South American countries and a …

Incredible photos from space show off the historic East Coast 'bomb cyclone'

The East Coast "bomb cyclone" on Thursday looks both beautiful and sinister from space.<p>While scientists have been tracking storms using satellites in …

Slow-Cooker Short Ribs With Rosemary Potatoes

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Stir together broth, tomato paste, parsley stems, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add short ribs, onions, …

Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can't Explain Climate Change Today

One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in temperature over its …

Katharine Hayhoe: 'The true threat is the delusion that our opinion of science somehow alters its reality'

In her 2009 book, co-authored with husband Andrew Farley, <i>Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions</i>, Katharine Hayhoe wrote: …

Climate

There's a Reason Time Seems to Speed Up as You Age - But It's Possible to Slow It Down

Stop the ride, we want to get off.<p>Ask an older person to recall their most vivid memories, and there's a good chance that many of them will come from …

Love

Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

By Tim Radford<p>German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more …

Animal agriculture is choking the ​Earth and making us sick. We must act now

Our collective minds are stuck on this idea that talking about food’s environmental impact risks taking something very intimate away from us. In fact it’s just the opposite. Reconsidering how we eat offers us hope, and empowers us with choice over what our future planet will look like. And we can …

James Cameron

4 behaviors that may cut the risk of cancer by 30 percent

Researchers have figured out that about 30 percent of new cancer diagnoses and half of all cancer deaths in the US could be avoided.<p>That's a lot. So what's the secret? The most obvious way is to never smoke or to quit, but the researchers found three other lifestyle factors that matter a lot, too: …

The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth

Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions. Lumpish, with stunted pectoral fins that they use for ponderously slow swimming in cold and dark Arctic waters, they have blunt snouts and gaping mouths that give them an unfortunate, dull-witted appearance. Many live with worm-like …

Nasa map of Earth's seasons over 20 years highlights climate change

Nasa has captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of planet Earth​.<p>The data visualization, released this week, shows Earth’s fluctuations as seen from space.<p>The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. The varying ocean shades of blue, …

Climate Change

The disease that could change how we drink coffee

For years, researchers in Colombia have been engaged in a little-known battle against a disease that could disrupt coffee drinking everywhere.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>If you landed in Bogota in the 1960s, one of the first things …

Coffee

What would happen if Earth became 2 degrees warmer

Following is a transcript of the video.<p>What would happen if Earth became 2º C (4.6º F) warmer.<p>In 2015, the Paris Agreement declared that the world should try to keep Earth's warming trend to well below 2°C by 2100. Here's what would happen if temperatures did increase by 2° C.<p>Sea levels will likely …

Modern Love: Are We Ready for Intimacy With Robots? | WIRED

Love in the Time of Robots<p><b>Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using</b> …