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Why Do People Applaud When Planes Land?

A few years back, the comedian Chelsea Handler used to tell this joke on stage: “There are two types of people I don’t trust,” she’d say. “People who don’t drink while on medication and people who clap when the plane lands.” It’s funny...Show More Summary

2 Million Beautiful Images of Biodiversity Are Now Available for Free

There are thought to be about 10 million distinct species of plants and animals on Earth. That number is incomprehensibly large, not least because most species are still undiscovered. But now the Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open-access...Show More Summary

A Guide to Understanding a Million vs. a Billion vs. a Trillion

This story was originally published on the Conversation and was republished here with permission. National discussions of crucial importance to ordinary citizens—such as funding for scientific and medical research, bailouts of financial...Show More Summary

Lifting the Ban on Elephant Trophies Will Probably Help Save Elephants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week it’s reversing a ban against importing remains of elephants hunted legally in Zimbabwe and Zambia, which means that starting Friday, these “trophies” can be brought back into the U.S. Show More Summary

An Allegation, Then a Prestigious Professorship

On Monday, I reported that Todd Heatherton, an expert on the psychology of self-control and one of three Dartmouth neuroscientists now under criminal investigation for sexual misconduct, allegedly groped a 21-year-old graduate student at an academic conference in February 2002. Show More Summary

The First “Space Nation” Just Launched Its First Satellite

On Sunday, when a spacecraft carrying 7,400 pounds of supplies was launched to the International Space Station, it was carrying something extra special: a football-sized satellite called Asgardia-1. The satellite, which contained a small...Show More Summary

We Just Discovered Another New Planet That Could Host Life

On Wednesday, a team of European scientists announced the discovery of an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting a star just 11 light-years away. In reporting their findings in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, the scientists added yet another...Show More Summary

In 1770, the Sky Over East Asia Turned Crimson Red for Nine Days

For multiple days in 1770, a swath of sky over Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the eastern coast of China looked as if it had been set ablaze, illuminated in a scorching red light. No one knew what caused it, and we only knew it happened thanks to a few scant recordings that survived the intervening centuries. Show More Summary

Climate Litigation Needs to Become a Mass Movement

Things are not going well for the Earth. It goes well beyond the Trump administration’s decision to eventually leave the Paris Agreement and Scott Pruitt’s purge of the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific experts. Even non-American...Show More Summary

Shark With Head of a Snake And 300 Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of Portugal

The world may seem like it’s in shambles, but ocean scientists are having quite a run. Over the last year, the ocean has periodically belched up prehistoric deep sea creatures for photographing, studying, and nightmaring over. The latest...Show More Summary

Three Dartmouth Psychology Professors Are Under Investigation for “Sexual Misconduct”

Three tenured professors from the psychological and brain sciences department at Dartmouth College—Todd Heatherton, Bill Kelley, and Paul Whalen—are targets of a criminal investigation, according to official statements from Dartmouth’s president and the New Hampshire attorney general on Oct. Show More Summary

How to Watch November’s Weekend Meteor Showers

Late fall is usually the last opportunity to spend several hours outside at night without losing feeling in your extremities. You should take advantage of this chance and watch the two major meteor showers on the way for the month: the...Show More Summary

Is a Cat a Liquid?

This story was originally published on the Conversation and was republished here with permission. A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Yet under certain conditions, cats seem to fit...Show More Summary

Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?

Many conservatives have a loose relationship with facts. The right-wing denial of what most people think of as accepted reality starts with political issues: As recently as 2016, 45 percent of Republicans still believed that the Affordable Care Act included “death panels” (it doesn’t). Show More Summary

Here’s What the Sun Will Look Like When It Consumes the Earth in 5 Billion Years

The end is coming, and we even know when: In 5 billion years, the sun, our wholesome yellow harbinger of energy, is going to swell into a red giant and consume most of the inner planets of the solar system. It will also wreak gravitational...Show More Summary

With Syria Signing the Paris Agreement, U.S. Will Be Only Nation Opposed to Climate Action

On Tuesday, representatives of the Syrian government announced the country’s intention to sign the Paris Climate Accord, the international pact attempting to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Show More Summary

Trump’s New NASA Chief Controls One of the Most Important Parts of Climate Science

President Donald Trump has made no effort to hide his vehement disbelief that climate change is real: He’s chosen to pull the country out of the 2016 Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and he’s found egregious ways to dismantle much of former President Barack Obama’s moves to combat it, too. Show More Summary

Why Did 20 Octopuses Recently Wash Up on a Wales Beach?

This article originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission. A beach in Wales recently faced an eight-armed invasion. Over 20 octopuses were reportedly seen crawling up New Quay beach on the west...Show More Summary

Here’s the Expertise Scott Pruitt Is Removing From the EPA’s Advisory Boards

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has made yet another frightening decision that seems likely to further untether the agency he leads from sound environmental science. The former attorney general of OklahomaShow More Summary

What Actually Is “Clean” or “Renewable” Energy?

In his ongoing quest to dismantle his predecessor’s signature achievements, President Trump is threatening to repeal the Clean Power Plan. On its face, the news is discouraging: The law’s state-by-state carbon emissions guidelines and strict regulations on coal-fired power plants were on track to have a huge impact. Show More Summary

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