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Earth Increasingly Looks Lit-Up At Night


Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

If The Developing World Can Go Solar, Maybe Puerto Rico Can Too


With most of the island still without electricity, some Puerto Ricans are hoping to follow the example of developing world countries — and turn to the sun for power.

From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays


From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects But Didn't Tell Us

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

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Washington Scientist To Auction Naming Rights To New Plant Species

There’s a new plant species in Washington state, but it hasn’t been named yet. And the botanist who discovered it will auction off that opportunity this week.

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Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than than sham surgery in their randomized test.

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Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

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Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.

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Dog Owners Have Lower Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease, Swedish Data Suggest

Researchers looked at hospital visits in Sweden's public health care system, and checked them against dog registration records. They found dog owners had lower rates of heart disease.

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Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A 'Medicane.' What's That?

European weather sites posted imagery showing the swirling wind patterns and a waterspout over the Mediterranean. The low pressure system shared characteristics of tropical cyclones.

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How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums?

Researchers took temperature readings in Nairobi's biggest slum during the summer and compared it to readings from a weather station half a mile away. There definitely was a difference.


Can Science Explain The Human Mind?

Science will one day explain visual perception and memory loss. But will it also explain romantic love and morality? Tania Lombrozo considers people's beliefs about what science can and can't explain.

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Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. A experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.