The world's southernmost tree hangs on in one of the windiest places on Earth – but climate change is shifting those winds
A team of researchers found the southernmost tree and forest on Earth at the extreme tip of South America. Wind limits where trees grow on Isla Hornos and those wind patterns are shifting.
yesterday • ~6 min
Tags: climate-change south-america trees wind discovery exploration
Medical innovation is often accelerated in a time of crisis.
Tags: biotechnology covid-19 vaccines pharmaceuticals coronavirus-2020 pharmaceutical-industry coronavirus-vaccine
Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.
Tags: morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity
The Arctic hasn't been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet
Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming – and what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay there.
yesterday • ~9 min
Tags: climate-change greenland arctic paleoclimate russia carbon-dioxide-co2 siberia arctic-warming sea-ice norway pliocene boreal-forest
The world missed all 20 targets for stemming the tide of biodiversity loss. But there has been some progress over the last decade.
Tags: climate-change biodiversity extinction united-nations wildlife invasive-species habitat-loss species-loss unep convention-on-biodiversity
A pediatrician answers parents' questions about catching up on missed childhood vaccinations and why that's so important.
Sept. 29, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: health public-health covid-19 schools pandemic health-care vaccines measles pediatric-care flu-shots childhood-vaccination
With 3% of science Nobels going to women and zero going to Black people, these awards are an extreme example of how certain demographics are underrepresented in STEM fields.
Tags: women-in-stem nobel-prize women-in-science discrimination stereotypes stem-careers innovation-and-invention nobel-laureates imposter-syndrome underrepresented-students role-models leaky-stem-pipeline stem-role-models science-role-models racist-stereotypes
'Carbon sinks' like forests and the soil have already been factored into the carbon budget – they should not be double-counted.
Sept. 29, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate-change carbon-emissions net-zero carbon-budget emissions-targets global-carbon-budget
Reptiles are consistently overlooked by regulators of the trade in wildlife, but many face extinction in the wild.
Sept. 29, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: conservation reptiles illegal-wildlife-trade snakes online-crime wildlife-trade lizards crocodiles
Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands
Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.
Sept. 29, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: archaeology caribbean cuba radiocarbon-dating jamaica islands human-migration trinidad human-settlements artifacts human-settlement
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