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Why Flying Home for the Holidays Might Be Greener Than Driving

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In July, British tabloid the Daily Mail came out with a screaming headline: “EXCLUSIVE: Video shows Hillary Clinton boarding private jet just hours after launching global-warming push.” Clinton’s strategy to slash carbon dioxide emissions, the Mail gleefully reported, didn’t preclude ...

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Extinction of large animals could make climate change worse

The extinction of large animals from tropical forests could make climate change worse — according to researchers at the University of East Anglia. New research published today in Science Advances reveals that a decline in fruit-eating animals such as large primates, tapirs and toucans could have a knock-on effect for ...

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Hubble Sees the Force Awakening in a Newborn Star

Just in time for the release of the movie “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed what looks like a cosmic, double-bladed lightsaber. In the center of the image, partially obscured by a dark, Jedi-like cloak of dust, a newborn star shoots twin jets ...

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Climate change rapidly warming world’s lakes

Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a study spanning six continents. The study is the largest of its kind and the first to use a combination of satellite temperature data and long-term ground measurements. A total of 235 lakes, representing ...

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How music, language shape the brain

Northwestern University professor Nina Kraus shed light on one of the brain’s most complex tasks — making sense of sound — during the recent Falling Walls conference in Berlin. The annual gathering features significant discoveries or “breakthroughs” by 20 of the world’s leading scientists and social leaders across a wide ...

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Evidence for more recent clay formation on Mars discovered

Recent orbital and rover missions to Mars have turned up ample evidence of clays and other hydrated minerals formed when rocks are altered by the presence of water. Most of that alteration is thought to have happened during the earliest part of Martian history, more than 3.7 billion years ago. ...

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Influence of Earth’s history on the dawn of modern birds

New research led by the American Museum of Natural History reveals that the evolution of modern birds was greatly shaped by the history of our planet’s geography and climate. The DNA-based work, published today in the journal Science Advances, finds that birds arose in what is now South America around ...

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NASA telescopes detect Jupiter-like storm on small star

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a tiny star with a giant, cloudy storm, using data from NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes. The dark storm is akin to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: a persistent, raging storm larger than Earth. “The star is the size of Jupiter, and its ...

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