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Diving to save Indonesia's coral reefs from plastic

BBC Science - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 16:03
Tenia Lestari leads a network of volunteer divers who clear rubbish from the coral reefs and recycle what they find.

Trump’s F.D.A. Nominee Sidesteps Questions About Banning Flavored Vaping Products

NYT Science - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 13:39
The nominee, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, said the decision to restrict flavors would not be his, if confirmed, because it was already under final review by the White House.

Mysterious Gas on Mars Gets Some Company

NYT Science - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 13:21
After a perplexing methane burst was measured by NASA’s Curiosity rover earlier this year, scientists were surprised again by variations in atmospheric oxygen.

Fossils Provide Clues to When Snakes Still Had Use for a Pair of Legs

NYT Science - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:03
The discovery in Argentina will help to resolve mysteries over when snakes began their transition to their modern form.

How the Brain Can Rewire Itself After Half of It Is Removed

NYT Science - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:19
New scans showed how the brains of people who had a hemisphere removed in childhood continue to function.

Scientists Are Just Beginning to Understand Mysterious DNA Circles Common in Cancer Cells

NYT Science - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:00
For years, researchers weren’t exactly sure what to make of these extra loops of genetic material . That’s quickly changing.

Climate change: China coal surge threatens Paris targets

BBC Science - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 04:18
China is adding coal power equivalent to the EU's entire generating capacity.

Musicians 'have to be proactive' on climate change

BBC Science - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 22:56
Emma Banks puts on tours for some of the world's biggest musicians - but says they need to change.

Koala rescued from fire in Australia

BBC Science - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 14:08
Bushfires are spreading across Australia's east coast, ravaging the marsupial's main habitat.

In the Race to Live on Land, Lichens Didn’t Beat Plants

NYT Science - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 10:17
A study’s findings add to the case that lichens, which dominate about 7 percent of the planet’s surface, most likely made their way to land some 100 million years after ferns and other vascular plants.

Supernova 1987A: 'Blob' hides long-sought remnant from star blast

BBC Science - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 05:59
A three-decades-long search may finally have located the hot object left behind by a famous supernova.

New hope for one of world's most endangered reptiles

BBC Science - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 02:29
The discovery of baby crocodiles in a river in Nepal is raising hopes for the future of the gharial.

As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers

NYT Science - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 02:00
A fight in Virginia Beach demonstrates the hard choices cities face when the pressure for new homes collides with the rising toll of natural disasters.

Science Was Her Lifeline. Now She Helps Other Girls Discover It.

NYT Science - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 02:00
The STEM summer camp that Sabina London began in high school has grown to serve 17 states.

Will Science Ever Give Us a Better Night’s Sleep?

NYT Science - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 02:00
Unraveling the mysteries of sleep might depend on studying the genes of people who don’t get much.

Australia fires: Sydney blanketed by smoke from NSW bushfires

BBC Science - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 21:46
People in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, as bushfires rage across the region.

Attenborough: People have shown they care about plastic pollution

BBC Science - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 20:08
Sir David Attenborough says people's response to plastic pollution has been encouraging

Attenborough: World 'changing habits' on plastic

BBC Science - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 16:37
"I think we're all shifting our behaviour," the BBC broadcaster says as he wins a prestigious award.

California to Stop Buying From Automakers That Backed Trump on Emissions

NYT Science - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 15:15
California, hitting back at automakers that sided with President Trump, will not buy from manufacturers that do not recognize its authority to set emissions standards.

Watch Bees Surf to Safety on Waves They Create

NYT Science - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:00
When honeybees fall into water, they generate their own ripples then glide to dry land, a study found.

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