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The persistence of the international wildlife trade is destructive for wildlife, ecosystems, environment, and human health. Maria Ivanova and Candace Famiglietti
Rising seas are already affecting many coastal cities and communities. How can we best prepare, and how fast? Erika Spanger-Siegfried
The universe is expanding at an incredible rate, and dark energy is thought to be the cause. Astronomers observe and measure this mystery with very sophisticated equipment. Paul Martini
What's so important about an atmosphere? Find out here.
Many of the most important advances in scientific understanding were initially rejected or ignored.
In an era of global science, other nations are increasing their science budgets. Why aren't we?
The particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider represent a search for a new physics in the form of new particles or forces that account for unknowns about the cosmos. Markus Klute
Many viruses, including coronaviruses such as covid-19, originate in wild animals. To understand the transfer and infection process, it is necessary to consider the disease ecology: the interaction between humans and wild animal disease hosts. Jonathan Runstadler
It took almost a century to determine if and how continents moved (continental drift). In the 1960s irrefutable evidence showed that tectonic plates caused regular shifts of the planet’s magnetic polarity, volcanoes and earthquakes -and the drift of continents.
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An amazing 30+ year project and the discovery of two new Milky Way spiral arms. Thomas Dame
As these mathematicians explain, with numerous examples, the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical. Tom Mrowka and Gigliola Staffilani
Was there a human factor in the Ice Age extinctions of large mammals? ............ Sharon Levy
An investigation of the two major questions about the origin of life, and their relevance in search for life elsewhere in the universe. Zachary Adam
The destabilization of Earth's complex carbon cycle is associated with past mass extinctions. This mathematical model predicts a coming sixth mass extinction. Daniel Rothman
How ocean earthquakes generate tsunamis --and where tsunamis can occur. John Ebel
Why public acceptance of wind power can differ from one community to another. Maria Petrova
An author-activist urges public engagement to ensure the transition to renewable energy. Philip Warburg
A major geologist who connects the relationship between rocks and life