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Today in science: Sally Ride in space

She was the 1st American woman in space, eventually flying on 2 Space Shuttle missions. She played a key role in the investigation of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. And she inspired people.

U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change

(University of Michigan) In an aspen-dominated hardwood forest at the northern tip of the state’s Lower Peninsula, University of Michigan scientists are testing ways to make the region’s forests more resilient to climate change.

Some Compelling Reasons Not to Give Up on Solving Climate Change

Reports that say we’re all doomed in the face of the climate crisis ignore a history of survival—and the opportunity to make the future better. In March, paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill wrote a tweet containing possibly the most radical emotion a…

Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of using the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming * Pope Francis tells top energy executives to act…

This woman lives with 9 fluffy Newfoundlands

Mackenzie Makatche gets asked a lot of the same questions over and over again. They mainly involve queries about the size of her house, dog hair, dog food and her sanity. Makatche is a dog mom to nine massive Newfoundlands…

US Teen Climate Activist Takes Aim at Textbooks – and Presidential Debates

Better climate change education is needed in schools – and it’s time for the U.S. presidential election debates to take up the topic too, she says. Alexandria Villasenor, a 14-year-old activist who has become one of the U.S. faces of…

As Students Clamor for More on Climate Change, Portland Heeds the Call – The New York Times

PORTLAND, Ore. — The final meeting of the year for the Pacific Islander Club at Roosevelt High School was mostly celebratory, with candy leis for the departing seniors and a spread of fried chicken. But the club was talking climate…

​What dreams reveal about different cultures

We tend to think of our dreams as being uniquely personal — nighttime narratives built from our own experiences that help us process our day-to-day lives. While dreams can give us a glimpse into the rich tapestries of our personal…