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Beyond the Hype of Lab-Grown Diamonds

Billions of years ago when the world was still young, treasure began forming deep underground. As the edges of Earth’s tectonic plates plunged down into the upper mantle, bits of carbon, some likely hailing from long-dead life forms were melted and compressed into rigid lattices. Over millions of years, those lattices…

No Jeff, We Don't Need to Go to Space to Save Humanity No Jeff, We Don't Need to Go to Space to Save Humanity

I love space. I am very excited for humans to explore space more, and I’m even okay with us going back to the Moon for starters. Space is a vast frontier of scientific discoveries waiting to be made; a chance for us to probe the mysteries of the universe and learn more about ourselves.

It's Time for Star Trek to Tackle Climate Change

It’s a great time to be a Star Trek fan. After years of lying low like a dormant space tardigrade, the franchise is bursting with new life. But while there are some modern, topical issues Star Trek: Discovery is trying harder than its predecessors to address, there’s one very relevant subject the franchise continues…

The World's Largest Animal Has a Secret Lingo—Here's What It Sounds Like The World's Largest Animal Has a Secret Lingo—Here's What It Sounds Like

Blue whales are impressive creatures. Stretching up to 90 feet long and weighing over 300,000 pounds, these gentle giants often migrate hundreds of miles between their summer feeding grounds and winter breeding grounds. It’s no surprise, then, that the whales are pros at long distance communication, producing calls…

World's Oldest Rainforest Is Being Cooked to Death by Climate Change, Authorities Warn World's Oldest Rainforest Is Being Cooked to Death by Climate Change, Authorities Warn

Australia can’t seem to catch a break. The Great Barrier reef is still limping along after being ravaged by heat waves two to three years ago, while the people of Australia just sweated through their hottest summer on record. Now, authorities are warning that the endless heat has placed a world-class rainforest in…

Scientists Think They've Solved the Mystery of a Giant Hole in Antarctica's Sea Ice Scientists Think They've Solved the Mystery of a Giant Hole in Antarctica's Sea Ice

A year and a half ago, in the middle of the Antarctic winter, satellite images of the frozen continent revealed something wild: a gaping hole in the middle of Antartica’s sea ice that spanned thousands of square miles. Scientists were fascinated and puzzled by feature, which hadn’t appeared at this scale since the…

Turns Out, Meal Kits Might Not Suck for the Planet Turns Out, Meal Kits Might Not Suck for the Planet

For the past few years, I’ve watched the rising popularity of meal kits from companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh with deepening skepticism. Stuffed with refrigerator packs and individually wrapped ingredients, festooned with farm-to-table marketing and recycling symbols, these conveniently packaged dinners seemed…

New NASA Mission Will Measure the Mysterious Glow of Earth's Plants New NASA Mission Will Measure the Mysterious Glow of Earth's Plants

Packed alongside supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station on an otherwise routine SpaceX resupply run, something rather special is headed to orbit next week: a refrigerator-sized instrument that’ll measure the glow of Earth’s plant life.

The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries

If we’re going to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we’ll need an energy revolution. Specifically, we need to replace our dirty, fossil fuel-based grids and dirty, fossil fuel-powered vehicles with clean, carbon-free grids, and electric vehicles that charge off them. But there’s a big problem.

Activists Deliver Giant Trash Monsters to Nestlé Headquarters to Protest Plastic Pollution Activists Deliver Giant Trash Monsters to Nestlé Headquarters to Protest Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution in the oceans is a huge, disgusting problem. Which is why it’s pretty fitting that Greenpeace decided to raise awareness of one company’s contributions with huge, disgusting trash monsters.

New Species of 'Bubblegum Coral' Discovered at Imperiled Undersea Monument New Species of 'Bubblegum Coral' Discovered at Imperiled Undersea Monument

Beneath the waves some 130 miles southeast of Cape Cod, there’s a hidden world of giant canyons and extinct volcanos home to a stunning array of life forms, from sharks to sea turtles to sperm whales. Now, scientists have discovered what appear to be two new species of deep-sea corals thriving in this undersea jungle.

Offshore Wind Has a Looming Rare Earth Metals Problem Offshore Wind Has a Looming Rare Earth Metals Problem

Offshore wind power seems to be on the cusp of taking off in the U.S. That’s great news for the climate, but every technology has a cost. As a new study points out, a surge in offshore wind could also mean a surge in our appetite for a rare earth metal that’s mined at a heavy environmental toll.

There Aren't Enough Baby Corals Repopulating the Great Barrier Reef There Aren't Enough Baby Corals Repopulating the Great Barrier Reef

The plight of the Great Barrier Reef is becoming more and more like a plot-line from a science fiction dystopia. Following the heat exposure-induced death of half of the reef’s corals in 2016 and 2017, the survivors aren’t having enough babies to repopulate the ecosystem.

America's Government Scientists Are Eyeing a Future in Politics America's Government Scientists Are Eyeing a Future in Politics

PHILADELPHIA—As the Trump administration continues to attack science, scientists continue to push back, whether by joining rallies and strikes or running for office. In the next election cycle, the ranks of those choosing the latter route may include more federal government scientists, a group that has traditionally…

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