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Pictures: World's Iconic Buildings Go Dark for Earth Hour

Iconic buildings go dark to raise awareness around energy consumption and climate change.

Strange Sea Creature Washes Ashore, Stumps Scientists

Experts are divided on whether the specimen is a hoax, possibly inspired by a local legend, or a decaying animal.

This Wiggly Fish Is the Most Advanced Robot of Its Kind

The device could help biologists monitor marine animals without disturbing them.

More Birds Expected for Majority of National Parks—Here's Why

Climate change may have big impacts on avian species, and all the results may not be positive.

Gwyneth Paltrow claimed bee-sting therapy healed her. It just killed a woman

Doctors say repeated stings boost risks; it’s “both unsafe and unadvisable.”

Mathematicians invent tool to judge when voting maps have been unfairly drawn

In 1812, the governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, approved a narrow and winding voting district for the state senate that curved from Marblehead around to Salisbury. It looked like a long-necked salamander, Federalist newspaper editors declared. Show More Summary

2019 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid gets 25 miles from revised battery

Ford was the first U.S. carmaker to sell a hybrid-electric vehicle, as well as the second to offer a plug-in hybrid. Now, Ford has released details of its slightly updated 2019 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan, which includes not only the Hybrid version but also the Energi plug-in hybrid model. Show More Summary

New design produces true lithium-air battery

(University of Illinois at Chicago) Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Argonne National Laboratory have designed a new lithium-air battery that works in a natural-air environment and still functioned after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles. Their findings are reported in the journal Nature.

BMW X8 Production Decision Coming Later This Year

If approved, the production model won't follow the recipe used for the X4 and X6.

US national parks increasingly important for bird conservation in face of climate change

US national parks could become even more important for the conservation of bird species in the face of climate change, according to a new study.

Billionaire Democrat Wins Illinois Gubernatorial Nomination

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker won Illinois' Democratic gubernatorial primary on

MIT Unleashes a Hypnotic Robot Fish to Help Save the Oceans

Researchers detail the evolution of the world’s strangest fish, and describe how it could be a potentially powerful tool for scientists to study ocean life.

Dravidian language family is approximately 4,500 years old, new linguistic analysis finds

The origin of the Dravidian language family, consisting of about 80 varieties spoken by 220 million people across South Asia, can be dated to about 4,500 years ago, based on new linguistic analyses. An international team used data collected first-hand from native speakers and analyzed these using cutting-edge computational methods. Show More Summary

What Aardvark Milk Reveals about the Evolution of Lactation

Samples from the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Exotic Animal Milk Repository help scientists study the unifying trait of all mammals

The genomes of five late Neandertals provide insights into Neandertal population history

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have sequenced the genomes of five Neandertals that lived between 39,000 and 47,000 years ago. These late Neandertals are all more closely related...Show More Summary

New data confirm increased frequency of extreme weather events

New data show that extreme weather events have become more frequent over the past 36 years, with a significant uptick in floods and other hydrological events compared even with five years ago, according to a new publication.

New insights into the late history of Neandertals

The genomes of five late Neandertals provide insights into Neandertal population history

According to Their Blood, They 'Should Have Been Dead'

Mike Grocott's resume may seem at odds with itself at first glance: The Brit is a professor of anesthesia and what Americans would call ICU-related medicine, and he also heads up Xtreme Everest, which has essentially put a lab higher than any other on Earth to study how oxygen-light altitudes...

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