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A Struggling Desert Town Bets Its Future on Pot

Supported by A Struggling Desert Town Bets Its Future on Pot Image Needles, Calif., is a small town along Route 66 near the Arizona border. Local officials hope the cannabis industry can help fill the run-down buildings and usher in an economic revival.CreditCreditJoe Buglewicz for The New York Times By ...

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More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate ...

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Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust

“Super-Earths” and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new research by an international team of astronomers suggests. Observing a sampling of young stars in a star-forming region in the constellation Taurus, researchers found many of them to be surrounded by structures ...

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