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How dangerous are chemicals in plastic consumer products?

By now, most people know the Earth is overwhelmed with plastic. It drifts in our oceans and swims in our drinking water, piling up in landfills to last for generations. To combat the plastic pollution, you do what you can,…

Earth's ozone layer still in trouble, study finds

We’ve got good news and bad news. There’s more evidence that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is recovering and that humans’ efforts are making a difference. At the same time, however, one study suggests the ozone layer…

Energy

If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil | Bill McKibben

We are sadly accustomed by now to the idea that our reliance on oil and gas causes random but predictable outbreaks of flood, firestorm and drought. The weekend’s news from the Gulf is a grim reminder that depending on oil…

6 weird things that happen after you die

Nature isn’t kind to the human body after death. Thankfully, the days of natural decomposition have been replaced by decidedly modern rituals of death. We can choose to delay the decomposition process by being embalmed, where our bodily fluids are…

Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one step closer to reality

The prospect of drilling for oil and gas in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is looming ever closer with the Interior Department’s release of its final environmental impact statement, which explains how and where oil companies can drill for…

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Welcome indoors, solar cells

Scientists have developed organic solar cells optimized to convert ambient indoor light to electricity. The power they produce is low, but is probably enough to feed the millions of products that the internet of things will bring online.

Scientists taught rats how to play hide-and-seek and they really got into it

Scientists don’t know exactly why rats are so fond of playing hide-and-seek. But, as a research paper published this week in the journal Science suggests, they really get into it — and they don’t do it strictly for food rewards….