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The largest polluter in the U.S. military reveals ambitious plan for bases to go net-zero

The plan includes a goal of operating bases at net-zero emissions by 2046 while also moving toward “sustainable aviation fuel blends.”
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in 2011.
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in 2011.
8h ago

Nobel chemistry prize awarded to trio for attaching molecules

Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless shared the award for developing way of “snapping molecules together.”
A model of the prestigious Nobel Medal in the old town Gamla Stan, Sweden on Oct. 10, 2021.
A model of the prestigious Nobel Medal in the old town Gamla Stan, Sweden on Oct. 10, 2021.
2d ago

With space junk littering Earth's orbit, the U.S. is creating the playbook on clearing some of it

The FCC will force satellites to deorbit after five years, and a growing private industry around space junk is picking up steam.
An artist's depiction of orbiting debris and satellites around Earth.
An artist's depiction of orbiting debris and satellites around Earth.
2d ago

Nobel goes to scientist who unlocked secrets of Neanderthal DNA

Swedish scientist Svante Pääbo “has established an entirely new scientific discipline, paleogenomics,” the Nobel Committee said on Twitter.
Swedish paleogeneticist Svante Paabo
Swedish paleogeneticist Svante Paabo

How Hurricane Ian compares to Florida's most destructive storms

The hurricane’s 150 mph winds verged on Category 5 intensity, generating life-threatening storm surge and widespread flooding.
Image: Hurricane Ian Slams Into West Coast Of Florida
Image: Hurricane Ian Slams Into West Coast Of Florida
6d ago

U.S. agency adopts new space junk rules to reduce exploration risks

The FCC voted to require post-mission disposal of low-Earth orbit satellites within five years.
Computer generated images of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked by NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office.
Computer generated images of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked by NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office.

Discovery of 'fingerprint' confirms alarming predictions of Greenland ice sheet melt

The findings, possible with the help of high-resolution satellite observations, detail the unique pattern of sea level change linked to the Greenland ice sheet.
Image: Greenland Ice Sheet
Image: Greenland Ice Sheet

Major U.S. banks will participate in climate scenario exercise

The exercise will kick off the Fed’s efforts to gauge the level and management of risks for banks when it comes to climate change.
Image: Federal Reserve Set Raise Rates Again To Combat Continued Inflation
Image: Federal Reserve Set Raise Rates Again To Combat Continued Inflation

Why 'Category 4' doesn't begin to explain Hurricane Ian's dangers

The category system used to describe hurricanes doesn't convey some of the elements that climate change has intensified. Some experts are floating new systems.
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Your dog's nose knows if you’re feeling stressed out

In an experiment, dogs were surprisingly accurate in detecting sweat and breath samples from people who were stressed.
New research adds stress to the list of things dogs like Ruby, seen here, can detect, including non-diabetic seizures and cancer.
New research adds stress to the list of things dogs like Ruby, seen here, can detect, including non-diabetic seizures and cancer.

Gas pipeline leaks around 1/3 of Denmark’s yearly CO2 emissions, E.U. official says

The three leaks were reported on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which were filled with natural gas but were not delivering the fuel to Europe.
Photos released by the Danish Armed Forces showed a large gas leak on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea on Sept. 27, 2022.
Photos released by the Danish Armed Forces showed a large gas leak on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea on Sept. 27, 2022.