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Tons of gull poop mess up nearby water

At least 1.4 million seagulls feed at landfills across North America and that’s a big threat to the health of nearby waters. “We estimate these gulls …

Saving energy at home may make us think ‘I’ve done enough’

People who report working to save energy in their own lives may be less likely to support government action on energy-use reduction and sustainability, a new …

To find Earth-like planets, look at lots in less detail

Using a statistical comparative approach may make finding habitable, Earth-like planets or alien life more efficient, a team of astronomers suggests in a new …

U.S. is #1 in biomed research, but this country’s catching up

Scientists in the United States still publish more biomedical research discoveries than those in any other country, but scientists from China are catching up, …

Our sun likely had a twin called ‘Nemesis’

When our sun was born 4.5 billion years ago, it was almost certainly part of pair—but that’s true of every other sun-like star in the universe. Many stars …

VST Captures Three-In-One

  Two of the sky’s more famous residents share the stage with a lesser-known neighbour in this enormous new three gigapixel image from ESO’s VLT …

How to stop a slimy blight from killing fruit trees

 A new weapon may be an effective way to combat fire blight, a plant disease caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora that can be deadly to pear and apple …

Images capture half-light, half-matter quasiparticles

Scientists have made the first real-space images of exciton-polaritons, which are a combination of light and matter. The nano-image, explains Zhe Fei, shows …

New Homo sapiens fossil bones are the oldest yet

Researchers have uncovered 300,000-year-old fossil bones of Homo sapiens—the oldest reliably dated fossil evidence of our species. The unearthing, reported …

This tool lets you make your own robot ‘puppy’

Scientists have created a new interactive design tool that makes it possible for novices and experts to create custom robots with 3D-printed parts and …