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Mammals That Live Together Live Longer

Mammals only have one life to live, but the length of that life varies greatly. While some shrews shuffle off this mortal coil in less than 14 months, bowhead whales can swim in Arctic waters for more than two centuries. And longevity is not all about size. For example, 250-pound brown bears (with a maximum […]

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Satellite Constellations Are an Existential Threat for Astronomy

Rachel Street felt frightened after a recent planning meeting for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. The new telescope, under construction in Chile, will photograph the entire sky every three nights with enough observing power to see a golf ball at the distance of the moon. Its primary project, the Legacy Survey of Space and Time, […]

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A Famed Dolphin-Human Fishing Team Up Is in Danger of Disappearing

People in Laguna proudly refer to their southern Brazilian city as the “national capital of fish-herding dolphins.” For at least 140 years, artisanal fishers and bottlenose dolphins have worked together in careful synchrony to catch mullet in a lagoon there. The spectacle of nets flying through the air while dolphins dive into the murky water has […]

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China Invests $546 Billion in Clean Energy, Far Surpassing the U.S.

China once again topped the world in clean energy investments last year, a trend that could challenge U.S. efforts to develop more homegrown manufacturing. Nearly half of the world’s low-carbon spending took place in China, according to a recent analysis from market research firm BloombergNEF. The country spent $546 billion in 2022 on investments that included solar […]

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The Right Words Are Crucial to Solving Climate Change

Climate change is already disrupting the lives of billions of people. What was once considered a problem for the future is raging all around us right now. This reality has helped convince a majority of the public that we must act to limit the suffering. In an August 2022 survey by the Pew Research Center, […]

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Science News Briefs from around the World: February 2023

Sharks wielding research cameras in the Bahamas, Mexico’s spider monkey diplomacy, a carbon “time bomb” in the Republic of Congo, and much more in this month’s Quick Hits Credit: NASA Advertisement BAHAMAS Biologists strapped small cameras onto tiger sharks to study seagrass in the Caribbean. The footage helped expand estimates of the global area of […]

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One Third of the Amazon Has Been Degraded by Human Activities

Study after study has sounded the alarm on the deteriorating Amazon rainforest. Plagued by deforestation, drought, fires and other human disturbances, the iconic ecosystem is teetering on a dangerous precipice, scientists warn. New research is once again driving the point home. A pair of studies published this week in the journal Science conclude that the mighty Amazon […]

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Death, Sex and Aliens: A Surprising History of Slime

Slime: A Natural History by Susanne Wedlich Translated by Ayça Türkoğlu Melville House, 2023 ($27.99) In Slime: A Natural History, science journalist Susanne Wedlich preempts her readers’ repulsion. Although “we are all creatures of slime,” she writes on page 2, the mere mention of the name connotes images of sickness, death, and other taboo experiences […]

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Can At-Home COVID Tests Detect The XBB Subvariant?

By now, with the many waves of COVID-19 infections we’ve endured, you may know someone who’s tested negative on an at-home COVID test only to test positive at an urgent care clinic or doctor’s office. This phenomenon — which isn’t uncommon, anecdotally speaking — has stumped experts. Could the tests be getting less precise as […]