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Why climate change is so hard to tackle: The global problem – Axios

Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for aggressive action to reduce heat-trapping emissions, while nations are facing pressure to ramp up commitments ahead of a major United Nations summit next month. The big picture: Despite that fervor, progress on climate change…

Translating proteins into music, and back

In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that resembles musical passages. Then, reversing the process, they can introduce some variations into the music and convert it back into new proteins never before seen in nature.

A new material that's part plastic and part rock is forming on this Portuguese island

Ignacio Gestoso first found signs of plastic-infused rocks during a 2016 visit to Madeira. (Photo: Ignacio Gestoso) You know we have a problem when our plastic pollution starts becoming a permanent fixture of the planet’s geology. And that seems to…

Everest glaciers ‘retreating dramatically’ as pollution found buried deep in snow, scientist says – The Independent

Glaciers in the Everest region are melting at an alarming rate because of increasing pollution and global warming, a scientist has claimed. Professor John All, of Western Washington University, said his team discovered that samples of snow taken from the…