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NASA outlines its plans to deal with a large asteroid impact

(NEW SCIENTIST) – 21 June, 2018.  By Chelsea Whyte.  The chances of a large asteroid ending up on a collision course with Earth are slim, but NASA is making plans for how

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Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches Threatened by Microplastic Pollution

(SCIENCE DAILY) – Plastic is famous for its unyielding durability, making it perfect for consumer products but a unique and persistent menace to the natural environment. For the loggerhead sea

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People Adapted to the Cold and Got More Migraines as a Result

(NEW SCIENTIST) – 3 MAY 2018 – By Jessica Hamzelou – Some people have adapted to live in cold polar climates, but at a price. The same gene variant that helps us

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At Least 10 Volcanic Fissures Have Now Opened Up Near Hawaii’s Mt. Kilauea, Destroying 21 Homes

(GIZMODO) – 7 May 2018 – By Tom McKay – The eruption of the Mount Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has continued to progress, with massive lava flows pouring out of

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Twin Spacecraft to Weigh in on Earth’s Changing Water

(NASA) – 30 April 2018 – pair of new spacecraft that will observe our planet’s ever-changing water cycle, ice sheets, and crust is in final preparations for a California launch

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Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica

(NATIONAL GEORGRAPHIC) by Elaina Zachos – Hundreds of millions of years ago, Antarctica was carpeted with prehistoric greenery. Now, scientists may have uncovered clues about what happened in the “Great

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Unstable Climate Forced Early Humans to be More Social and Creative

(ARS TECHNICA) by Kiona Smith – When times got tough, early humans got craftier, more social, and eventually brainier. Three new studies suggest that early humans in East Africa started

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NASA, ULA Launch Advanced NOAA Weather Satellite

(NASA) – NASA successfully launched the second in a series of next-generation weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at 5:02 p.m. EST Thursday. NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental

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These Neon Shrimp Are the Bees of the Sea: Here’s Why

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC) by Jason Bittel – Egg-laying shrimp queens rule over complex colonies—and a new study reveals their intriguing evolution. With 60-mile-per-hour pincers that create noisy shockwaves capable of stunning or killing

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A Starfish Cold Case Reopens, Climate Change Remains Suspect

(SCIENCE DAILY) – Cornell University scientists are beginning to unravel the complicated connections between viruses, the environment and wasting diseases among sea stars in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. As

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