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Scientists discover secret behind Earth's biodiversity hotspots

The research suggests that biodiversity hotspots—such as the Daintree Rainforest in Australia and the Cloud Forests of Ecuador—are teeming with species because they have been ecologically stable for long periods of time, allowing evolution to forge ahead undisturbed. go to Article >

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

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Nearly 50 years ago, a power company received permission from North Carolina to build a reservoir by damming a creek near the coastal city of Wilmington. It would provide a source of steam to generate electricity and a place to cool hot water from... read more

Final whale saved from grim Australia mass stranding

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A lone whale was rescued from among hundreds of carcasses Sunday, taking to 110 the number of creatures that survived a mass stranding in southern Australia. read more

'Two-headed beast': China's coal addiction erodes climate goals

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China's surprise pledge to slash its carbon footprint to zero by 2060 was met with cautious applause, but fresh spending on coal to rev up a virus-hit economy threatens to nullify its audacious bid to lead the world into a low carbon future. read more

Deadly microbe water warning lifted for all but 1 Texas city

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Texas officials on Saturday lifted a warning for all but one Houston-area community to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe. read more

California braces for power shutoffs and warm, windy weekend

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Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. read more

Teaching kids to read during the coronavirus pandemic: 5 questions answered

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Keisha Allen and Kindel Nash research how kids learn to read and prepare future teachers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. They are also raising children of their own. Here, they answer five questions many families and teachers may... read more

Back to Venus: Upstart company wants to beat NASA in search for life

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Can a small American aerospace company get to Venus before NASA returns to our superheated planetary neighbor? read more

Materials scientists learn how to make liquid crystal shape-shift

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A new 3-D-printing method will make it easier to manufacture and control the shape of soft robots, artificial muscles and wearable devices. Researchers at UC San Diego show that by controlling the printing temperature of liquid crystal elastomer,... read more

New measurements show moon has hazardous radiation levels

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Future moon explorers will be bombarded with two to three times more radiation than astronauts aboard the International Space Station, a health hazard that will require thick-walled shelters for protection, scientists reported Friday. read more

Researchers help develop sustainable polymers

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Researchers at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have made new discoveries on the effects of temperature on sustainable polymers. Their findings may help the industry to produce plastics that are better for the environment. read more

Coldest Northern Hemisphere temperature officially confirmed

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Nearly 30 years after recording a temperature of minus 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 69.6 Celsius) in Greenland, the measurement has been verified by the World Meteorological Organization as the coldest recorded temperature in the Northern... read more