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Here’s What Oil Drilling Looks Like in the Arctic Refuge, 30 Years Later

NYT Science - 2 hours 13 min ago
Satellite images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge show the effects of an oil well that operated there in the mid-1980s.

Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by a thread'

BBC Science - 3 hours 40 min ago
A genetic study shows the decline of one of the rarest mammals on Earth began during the last Ice Age.

Trilobites: An 8th Planet Is Found Orbiting a Distant Star, With A.I.’s Help

NYT Science - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:53
A Google neural network analyzed data collected by NASA and helped astronomers detect another planet around a star some 2,500 light years away.

Geminid meteor shower dazzles over northern hemisphere

BBC Science - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:39
If you missed the annual Geminid meteor shower, cameras captured the celestial display over China.

As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk

NYT Science - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:46
They are 2 years old, but developmentally they are 6 months old. The children most severely affected by Zika face a lifetime of care, new research shows.

Neonicotinoids at 'chronic levels' in UK rivers, study finds

BBC Science - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:27
Neonicotinoids have increasingly been linked to problems in bee populations.

Star system has record eight exoplanets

BBC Science - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:27
Nasa finds a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System.

How Global Warming Fueled Five Extreme Weather Events

NYT Science - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:07
Scientists analyzed 27 extreme weather events from 2016 and found that global warming was a “significant driver” for most of them. We look at five cases.

Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers

NYT Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:01
The latest national survey of adolescent drug use found declining use of most substances, including alcohol, tobacco, prescription opioids and stimulants.

Trump’s E.P.A. Chemical Safety Nominee Withdraws

NYT Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:03
The nominee, Michael L. Dourson, had faced criticism on several fronts for his ties to the chemical industry.

Hurricane Harvey rainfall 'weighed 127bn tonnes'

BBC Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:57
Scientists established how much rain fell by measuring how much the Earth compressed during the storm.

How Greenland would look without its ice sheet

BBC Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:52
Scientists stitch together decades of survey data to reveal a hidden world of mountains and canyons.

A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

NYT Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:01
Rapid, erratic heartbeats — called ventricular tachycardia — can lead to sudden death. An experimental radiation treatment has eased the condition in five patients.

Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans

BBC Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:19
A new fossil is shedding light on the marine reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.

Trilobites: The Great Red Spot Descends Deep Into Jupiter

NYT Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:36
The iconic storm plunges 200 miles beneath the clouds of the solar system’s largest planet, and possibly much deeper, according to data from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Last chance to save the 'panda of the sea' from extinction

BBC Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:23
A last-ditch effort to save the world's rarest marine mammal from extinction has been launched.

Scientists Link Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rainfall to Climate Change

NYT Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:00
Two studies of the storm that overwhelmed Houston last summer say global warming made the rain much worse.

Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Saved by U.K. Surgeons

NYT Science - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:31
Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first operation within an hour of birth, is believed to be first newborn in Britain to survive the corrective procedure.

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

NYT Science - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:05
The country keeps two million streetlights on overnight, generating profits for utilities and politicians at a cost for consumers and the environment.

Warmer Arctic is the 'new normal'

BBC Science - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:50
The reliably frozen Arctic is history, say scientists who warn of an unprecedented rate of warming.

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