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Billions pour into bioplastics as markets begin ramping up

For now, bioplastic represents just 1% of global plastic production, but the industry envisions a bigger role for materials made from corn, sugar and vegetable oils.
Image: Danimer Scientific plant bioplastic
Image: Danimer Scientific plant bioplastic

Climate hazards are turning 218 infectious diseases into bigger threats

New research finds that more than half of infectious diseases known to affect humans were aggravated by climate change.
A mother takes care of her son who is suffering from dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, in a hospital, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Nov. 22, 2021.
A mother takes care of her son who is suffering from dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, in a hospital, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Nov. 22, 2021.
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South Korean spacecraft launched to the moon, country’s 1st

India, Russia and Japan have new moon missions launching later this year or next, as do a slew of private companies in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Image: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, or KPLO, lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Aug. 4, 2022.
Image: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, or KPLO, lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Aug. 4, 2022.

Why won't your dog play with you? Maybe because he's not so gifted.

Canine eggheads enjoy playing with toys and retrieving objects.
Border collie
Border collie

Mammoth bone findings suggest humans may have lived in North America much earlier than previously thought

The fossilized bones, in particular, could suggest people lived in North America tens of thousands of years before the generally accepted date for the arrival of the first Native Americans of about 10,000 B.C. BCE.
The excavation site mostly holds broken bones from the mammoths’ ribs and spine. The most prominent fossil is a portion of the adult mammoth’s skull.
The excavation site mostly holds broken bones from the mammoths’ ribs and spine. The most prominent fossil is a portion of the adult mammoth’s skull.

A race to save fish as Rio Grande dies, even in Albuquerque

For the first time in four decades, America’s fifth-longest river went dry in the New Mexico city last week.
Fish biologists work to rescue the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows from pools of water in the dry Rio Grande riverbed on July 26, 2022, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Fish biologists work to rescue the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows from pools of water in the dry Rio Grande riverbed on July 26, 2022, in Albuquerque, N.M.
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Pythons are eating alligators and everything else in Florida. Snake hunters stand poised to help.

The annual Florida Python Challenge invites novices to hunt invasive Burmese pythons alongside professionals and compete for cash prizes.
Snake hunter Amy Siewe removes a dead python from a plastic bag in the backyard of a house in Delray Beach, Fla., on May 21, 2020.
Snake hunter Amy Siewe removes a dead python from a plastic bag in the backyard of a house in Delray Beach, Fla., on May 21, 2020.
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Parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef show highest coral cover in 36 years

The report comes as UNESCO considers whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger.”
A diver is towed as part of the Great Barrier Reef monitoring program.
A diver is towed as part of the Great Barrier Reef monitoring program.

U.N. nuclear chief: Ukraine nuclear plant is 'out of control'

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the situation is getting more perilous every day at the Zaporizhzhia plant in Enerhodar, which Russian troops seized in early March.
The second reactor at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
The second reactor at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
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Volcano near Iceland's main airport erupts after eight month pause

The Icelandic Meteorological Office urged people not to go near the Fagradalsfjall volcano, which is located some 20 miles southwest of the capital, Reykjavik.
The Fagradalsfjall volcano near the Keflavik Airport in Iceland is active on Aug. 3, 2022.
The Fagradalsfjall volcano near the Keflavik Airport in Iceland is active on Aug. 3, 2022.

Cell reanimation in the organs of dead pigs confounds conventional understanding of life and death

The new research challenges the idea that the beginning of cell death is irreversible, though bioethicists say it also poses significant questions.
A pig and piglets walk in a pen
A pig and piglets walk in a pen

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