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An 'island has emerged': Coastal species discovered thriving on Great Pacific Garbage Patch, scientists say

Scientists documented more than 40 coastal species clinging to plastic trash, including mussels, barnacles and shrimp-like amphipods.
Image: Anika Albrecht on a 2020 expedition collecting plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
Image: Anika Albrecht on a 2020 expedition collecting plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.

Scientists use stem cells to create models of pre-embryos

The “blastoids” provide an efficient, ethical way to study human development and pursue biomedical discoveries in fertility and contraception.
Image: A human \"blastoid\" created in a lab.
Image: A human \"blastoid\" created in a lab.

New dinosaur species from Chile had a unique slashing tail, scientists say

The plant-eating critter had a combination of traits from different species that initially sent paleontologists down the wrong path.
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Lead, mercury, other pollutants could affect birth ratios of boys to girls

A large-scale study found statistically significant variations in the ratios of boys and girls born each year depending on the pollutants found in different places.
Newborn babies sleeping in hospital nursery
Newborn babies sleeping in hospital nursery
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Skeleton found near Mount Vesuvius unlocks new clues into life of ancient Romans

“It’s helped enormously to understand both the last moments of the site, but also the 100 years running up to it,” professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill said.
Herculaneum Archaeological Park Presents Recent Discovery
Herculaneum Archaeological Park Presents Recent Discovery

Sierra Nevada snowpack, a crucial water resource, could disappear in 25 years

A recent study found that the snowpack that provides water for California could disappear if global warming continues to change Earth's environment.
The snowpack on the Sierra Nevada from 2006 to 2021
The snowpack on the Sierra Nevada from 2006 to 2021

Renewable power installations are set for a record year — but lag net-zero goals

China is set to be the main driver of renewable capacity growth in the coming years, according to the International Energy Agency, followed by Europe, the U.S. and India.
Coachella Valley Wind Farms As Summer Heat To Test California's Electric Grid
Coachella Valley Wind Farms As Summer Heat To Test California's Electric Grid
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Space junk forces astronauts to delay spacewalk to replace antenna

It’s the first time a spacewalk has been canceled because of a threat from space junk.
Image: NASA, SpaceX
Image: NASA, SpaceX

These early signs made omicron different from previous Covid variants, experts say

Mutations on the spike proteins of the variant caught the attention of researchers who have been on the lookout for changes that could worsen the pandemic.
Image: A man walks through a deserted part of O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organization urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new omicron variant.
Image: A man walks through a deserted part of O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organization urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new omicron variant.

Researchers try producing potato resistant to climate change

Around the world, research aimed at mitigating crop damage is underway.
Potatoes await harvesting at Green Thumb Farms, Sept. 27, 2017, in Fryeburg, Maine.
Potatoes await harvesting at Green Thumb Farms, Sept. 27, 2017, in Fryeburg, Maine.

Billions and trillions: Climate efforts set for big boost if Build Back Better bill passes

The Biden administration's $1 trillion infrastructure bill included historic levels of funding for climate projects, but it's the $2 trillion spending bill that has experts feeling optimistic.
A mother and her children through flood waters after Hurricane Nicholas landed in Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 14, 2021.
A mother and her children through flood waters after Hurricane Nicholas landed in Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 14, 2021.

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