Indigenous Peoples Have a Critical Role in Conserving Nature

Increasing household income and a human population expected to grow from seven to nine billion people in the next 20 years have driven up global demand for food, fiber, fuel and other natural resources. Rapid urbanization means that more people are consuming in a way that puts untenable pressure on nature. One way to conserve viable populations of More...

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By SLPundit On Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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Where (Some of) Earth’s Gold Came From

The first detection of a neutron-star collision took 60 years after Margaret Burbidge and colleagues realized that the heaviest elements in the universe must be created in violent cosmic explosions. Gravitational More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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Anthropocene Now: Influential Panel Votes to Recognize Earth’s New Epoch

An influential panel of scientists voted this week to designate a new geologic epoch—the Anthropocene—to mark the profound ways that humans have altered the planet. That decision, by the 34-member Anthropocene More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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Bird Beak Shapes Depend on More Than Diet

A study found that only a small percentage of bird beak shape variation is dependent on diet, with other factors, like display and nest construction, probably playing parts too. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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Science on the Hill: Solving the Plastic Waste Problem

Plastic pollution, including tiny bits known as microplastic, permeate the environment, posing a threat to human and planetary health. “Solving the Plastic Waste Problem,” the third “Science on the More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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Effort to Trade Gas for Hydropower in Northeast Meets Resistance

Elizabeth Caruso is a town official in Caratunk, Maine, a community of 70 people about an hour’s drive south of the Canadian border. Like many people in this part of rural New England, her livelihood is tied More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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Creative Types Reserve a Special Corner of the Brain for Dreaming Big

Five-year-olds invent imaginary friends, teenagers visualize what an amorous crush would be like, and adults plan for job achievements, buying a house or traveling the world. Imagination is a trait that we all More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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Why Do Some Green Activists Eat Meat?

It was clear in 2015 that the Paris Agreement on climate change needed a rulebook to help countries meet their obligations under the accord. When diplomats crowded Katowice, Poland, last December to draft this More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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What Prevents Pluto’s Ocean from Freezing?

Buried oceans like the one thought to slosh beneath the icy surface of the dwarf planet Pluto may be incredibly common across the cosmos. A gassy insulating layer probably keeps Pluto’s liquid-water More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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Harvard researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution

About 400 million years ago, vertebrates first began to crawl from the primordial seas onto land. Last week, thanks to a cutting-edge mathematical-analysis technique, a global research team uncovered how a crucial More...