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Are we doomed to repeat prehistoric vegetation loss?

Unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the current warming from climate change may drive a dramatic shift in vegetation within the next 100-150 years, …

Reserve half of Earth for wildlife? Not so fast

While some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth’s surface to preserve most of its species, new research indicates that quality, not …

‘Zombie’ gene returns to life and kills cancer in elephants

Researchers have discovered a gene that can protect elephants from cancer. An estimated 17 percent of humans worldwide die from cancer, but less than five …

Ideas about personality skew how we judge faces

We make snap judgments of others based not only on their facial appearance, but also on our pre-existing beliefs about how others’ personalities work, …

Nope, Vikings didn’t teach Inuit ancestors to weave

MHS: I went in thinking it was an interesting hypothesis that there was a Norse trading post in Baffin Island. First, I performed an initial physical analysis …

Metal in the air really messes with ocean life

Trace metals in the atmosphere have a hefty impact on marine life, according to a new paper. The sources of these aerosol particles include volcanoes, …

Climate change makes pathogen ‘offspring’ more infectious

New research shows that pathogens that incubate at higher temperatures are more infectious. Yet the computer models that predict the spread of epidemics from …

How cells remember their jobs during division

Researchers have developed a technique that offers new insight into “cellular memory.” The cells in our body divide constantly throughout life. But how do …

Is it true that ‘rain follows the plow’?

In the 19th century, the “rain follows the plow” myth was a justification for settling the Great Plains. The cultivation of semi-arid to arid land was said …

We’re at risk of toppling into a ‘hothouse Earth’ scenario

Even if we achieve the carbon emissions reductions that the Paris Agreement calls for, there is the risk of the planet entering “hothouse Earth” …