Research that reconstructs the climate of ancient Earth shows that Arctic Siberia once had an average summer temperature of 73.4 degrees F.
Nov. 2, 2020 • ~7 min
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Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~10 min
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Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven't even been discovered yet.
Aug. 17, 2020 • ~9 min
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To avoid global warming on a catastrophic scale, nations need to reduce emissions and find ways to pull carbon from the air. One promising solution: spreading rock dust on farm fields.
July 16, 2020 • ~8 min
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OK, we're all getting a little stir-crazy from staying at home. But is a mixed drink with vitamins added really something we should consider?
April 8, 2020 • ~3 min
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Buildings grown by bacteria -- new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials
Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.
March 23, 2020 • ~7 min
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Jezero crater, the landing site for NASA's Mars 2020 rover, appears to harbor a mineral that could preserve signs of ancient life, researchers say.
Nov. 12, 2019 • ~4 min
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