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Great Pacific Garbage Patch: 16 times more plastic than previously estimated
Great Pacific GarbageFriday March 23, 2018 7:03AM ET
1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- and it is rapidly getting worse.
Radio echoes of black hole feeding on star
black hole feeding on starThursday March 22, 2018 6:10AM ET
On Nov. 11, 2014, a global network of telescopes picked up signals from 300 million light years away that were created by a tidal disruption flare - an explosion of electromagnetic energy that occurs when a black hole rips apart a passing star.
Neutron star mergers may create much of the universe’s gold, heavy elements
Neutron star mergerThursday March 22, 2018 5:05AM ET
The occasional merger of neutron stars literally shakes the universe by sending out gravitational waves but these events may also be the main source of gold and other heavy elements in the Milky Way, a new study suggests.
TRAPPIST-1 planets provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds
TRAPPIST-1 PlanetsWednesday March 21, 2018 6:49AM ET
TRAPPIST-1 is an ultra-cool red dwarf star that is slightly larger, but much more massive, than the planet Jupiter, located about 40 light-years from the Sun in the constellation Aquarius.
Geoengineering polar glaciers to slow sea-level rise
polar glaciersWednesday March 21, 2018 5:05AM ET
Targeted geoengineering to preserve continental ice sheets deserves serious research and investment, argues an international team of researchers in a Comment published in the journal Nature.
Palm trees are spreading northward
Palm treesTuesday March 20, 2018 5:46AM ET
What does it take for palm trees, the unofficial trademark of tropical landscapes, to expand into northern parts of the world that have long been too cold for palm trees to survive?
Entomologist confirms first Saharan farming 10,000 years ago
Saharan farmingMonday March 19, 2018 7:56AM ET
By analysing a prehistoric site in the Libyan desert, a team of researchers from the universities of Huddersfield, Rome and Modena & Reggio Emilia has been able to establish that people in Saharan Africa were cultivating and storing wild cereals 10,000 years ago.
Mystery of purple lights in sky solved
purple lightsSaturday March 17, 2018 7:52AM ET
Notanee Bourassa, an IT technician in Regina, Canada, trekked outside of his home on July 25, 2016, around midnight with his two younger children to show them a beautiful moving light display in the sky - an aurora borealis.
NASA plans huge spacecraft to blow up deadly asteroids
NASA HammerFriday March 16, 2018 9:23AM ET
NASA has drawn up plans for a huge nuclear spacecraft capable of shunting or blowing up an asteroid that may threaten to wipe out life on Earth.
Evidence of early human innovation pushing back evolutionary timeline
early human innovationFriday March 16, 2018 6:57AM ET
Anthropologists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and an international team of collaborators have discovered that early humans in East Africa had - by about 320,000 years ago - begun trading with distant groups.
Compassion helped Neanderthals to survive
NeanderthalsThursday March 15, 2018 8:29AM ET
They have an unwarranted image as brutish and uncaring, but new research has revealed just how knowledgeable and effective Neanderthal healthcare was.
Ocean acidification severely impairs coral reefs
coral reefsThursday March 15, 2018 7:24AM ET
Ocean acidification will severely impair coral reef growth before the end of the century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unchecked, according to new research on Australia's Great Barrier Reef led by Carnegie's Ken Caldeira and the California Academy of Sciences' Rebecca Albright.
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