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‘Tree Story’ explores what tree rings can tell us about the past

Once you look at trees through the eyes of a dendrochronologist, you...

Climate change made a southwestern U.S. drought one of the worst in 1,200 years

The drought in southwestern North America that lasted from 2000 to 2018...

Economic costs of rising seas will be steeper than we thought, unless we prepare

Rising seas that swamp cities and coastal infrastructure could cost the world...

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Sea turtles may confuse the smell of ocean plastic with food

To a sea turtle, plastic debris might smell like dinner. As the plastic detritus of modern human life washes...

4 takeaways from the WHO’s report on the origins of the coronavirus

A new World Health Organization report investigating the origins of the coronavirus has raised more questions than answers for how — and...

SpaceX’s astronaut launch will mark a milestone for commercial spaceflight

For the first time, humans are poised to hurtle into Earth’s orbit on a commercial rocket. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon...

Google officially lays claim to quantum supremacy

Quantum supremacy is here, researchers from Google claim. For the first time, a quantum computer has solved a problem...

A new 3-D map illuminates the ‘little brain’ within the heart

The heart has its own “brain.” Now, scientists have drawn a detailed map of this little brain, called the intracardiac nervous system,...

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The universe might have a fundamental clock that ticks very, very fast

Like a metronome that sets the tempo for a musician, a fundamental cosmic clock may be keeping time throughout the universe. But...

SpaceX’s astronaut launch will mark a milestone for commercial spaceflight

For the first time, humans are poised to hurtle into Earth’s orbit on a commercial rocket. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon...

Sea turtles may confuse the smell of ocean plastic with food

To a sea turtle, plastic debris might smell like dinner. As the plastic detritus of modern human life washes...