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Exoplanet axis study boosts hopes of complex life, just not next door

(Georgia Institute of Technology) There’s new hope that we aren’t alone in the universe, that advanced beings may exist on exoplanets. But they’re probably not close by, says a new study on the stability of planetary tilts — and orbits — needed to encourage the evolution of complex life.

Putting on a 'game face' may actually boost your performance

A little groggy today? Put on your game face. Matthew Richesin, a postgraduate student at the University of Tennessee, probably heard that one before too. So he figured he would see if having a “game face” really upped one’s game….

Climate change expert outlines humanity’s role in speeding global warming – University of Birmingham

Professor Sir David Hendry Climate change expert Professor Sir David Hendry will explore how humanity has accelerated global warming when he delivers the annual China Institute Li Siguang lecture at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday 20th November. And his…

Scientists need your dog's help

The most unfair thing about owning a dog is how short your pet’s life span is compared to yours. We all want our dogs to live long, healthy, happy lives, and that’s the focus of a massive data-gathering project that…

The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens

Lichen is something we commonly see growing on rocks or tree branches, on old wood fences and rotting stumps. But how often do you stop to really ponder lichens? Probably not often. And yet lichens are surprisingly fascinating … and…

Greta Getting Flak For Taking ‘Plastic Yacht’ Back To Europe

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg eschews jet travel based on her opposition to greenhouse-gas emissions, but her return trip to Europe isn’t entirely carbon-neutral. Twelve weeks after sailing into New York City, Greta hitched a ride back to Europe Wednesday…

Climate Science Proves Scams Don’t Die From Exposure

It’s the tenth anniversary next week of the 2009 Climategate email dump that exposed top climate scientists’ chicanery and subversion of science – and did so in their own words and out of their own mouths, or keyboards. I’ll list…

EurekAlert! fellowship spotlights early-career science journalists from Latin America, other emerging regions

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Five early-career science journalists from emerging regions will attend the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting as winners of the 2020 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters.

Researchers explore how citizens can become agents of environmental change

Some programs work better than others when it comes to involving citizens in preserving the environment. After reviewing those that worked, researchers propose a blueprint for how others can educate people to maximize their impact.

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For some urban areas, a warming climate is only half the threat

A new study projects that the growth of urban areas in the coming decades will trigger ”extra” warming due to a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect (UHI). According to their findings, urban expansion will cause the average summer temperature in these areas to increase about 0.5 to 0.6 degrees C — but up to 3 degrees C in some locations.