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Month: December 2019

German Christmas markets are the best way to celebrate the happiest season of the year

Rows of stalls make up the Munich Christmas Market in the Marienplatz, or city center. The beautiful New Town Hall, or Neues Rathaus, looms above it. (Photo: MNN) Christmas celebrations take place around the world, but in Germany, Christmas markets…

Blinkered Greens Are To Blame For Australia’s Wildfires

No one should be surprised that our bush in Australia is ablaze and our cities are smothered in smoke.  For decades now we have been locking up land, banning burn-offs and encouraging eucalyptus fire-trees. On a hot day, the blue…

The Most-Read Food Stories of 2019

Julia Moskin, Melissa Clark and Pete Wells try the new fake meats. The Impossible Burger bested the competition in a blind tasting of six national brands. The taste test replicated the experience of a home cook: Each burger was seared…

Christmas Bird Count takes off Dec. 14

The 120th annual Christmas Bird Count or CBC begins Dec. 14, and scientists are relying on more than 70,000 volunteers to help them gather data about birds across the Western Hemisphere. Each year, Audubon mobilizes experienced bird-watchers and amateurs alike…

Interior Official Broke Ethics Rules, Government Watchdog Concludes

WASHINGTON — A top Interior Department official broke a federal ethics rule by improperly meeting with his former employer, a conservative research organization, to discuss the rollback of endangered species protections that the group had been pushing, the department’s internal…

Climate Change Is Ravaging the Arctic, Report Finds

Temperatures in the Arctic region remained near record highs this year, according to a report issued on Tuesday, leading to low summer sea ice, cascading impacts on the regional food web and growing concerns over sea level rise. Average temperatures…

5 surprising facts about orcas

1. Orcas aren’t whales. Orcas are often called killer whales — and they are indeed enormous like whales — but they’re actually the world’s largest species of dolphin. 2. Orcas are the only known non-human animal to have evolved based…

Explained! Enceladus’ enigmatic tiger stripes

How did the so-called tiger stripes – huge parallel cracks – form in the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus? A new study from the Carnegie Institution for Science provides some answers.