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Spain’s PM Scolds Climate Change ‘Deniers’, Urges ‘Fanatics’ To Repent

Spain’s interim prime minister said Monday “only a handful of fanatics deny the evidence” of climate change, urging those who disagree to admit they’re wrong, change their mind and join the “global consensus.” Pedro Sánchez said “alternative facts” about climate…

Thousands of exoplanets may orbit supermassive black holes

It sounds unbelievable, but a new study from Kagoshima University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan says that exoplanets – thousands of them – could be orbiting supermassive black holes.

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Forests face climate change tug of war

Increased carbon dioxide allows plants to photosynthesize more and use less water. But warmer temperatures drive plants to use more water and photosynthesize less. So, which force, CO2 fertilization or heat stress, wins this climate tug of war? It depends on whether forests and trees are able to adapt to their new environment.

When honeybees get stuck in water, they create their own waves and 'surf' to safety

Bees need water just like the rest of us. A honeybee might fly several miles to find a good water source, both for drinking and to help regulate the temperature of her hive. Sometimes, though, a thirsty honeybee gets more…

This may be why the 'devil worm' can live where no other animal can

When it comes to creatures that have been sharing this planet with us for millennia, this tiny worm is probably the devil you don’t know. That’s because the aptly named “devil worm” haunts places that are difficult, if not downright…

This black hole nurtures baby stars instead of eating them

Every major galaxy has a black hole for a heart. And these celestial Hoovers run a very tight ship, allowing nothing — not even a particle of light — to escape their dominion. That’s why, when scientists look to the…

American University researchers sequence genome of the ‘devil worm’

(American University) American University researchers, reporting in Nature Communications, have sequenced the genome of a unique microscopic worm found one mile underground and called the ‘Devil Worm’ for its ability to survive in harsh, subsurface conditions.