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A Comet From Another Star Hints That Our Solar System Isn't One-Of-A-Kind

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The comet, 2I/Borisov, looks surprisingly like comets closer to home. It's a sign that the processes that formed the sun and planets are at work elsewhere in the universe.

Europe Is Burning U.S. Wood As Climate-Friendly Fuel, But Green Groups Protest

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In the search for alternatives to coal and gas, some European countries have turned to a very old fuel. They're importing wood from the United States. Some environmentalists say it makes no sense.

VIDEO: Elon Musk's Next Quest Is A Mind-Machine Meld. Let's Consider The Implications

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The tech entrepreneur recently said he is making implants that connect our brains to our devices. So let's explore the ethics of human upgrading — and what has technology already done to us.

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Raiders Of The Lost Crops: Scientists Race Against Time To Save Genetic Diversity

Elephants, snakes and crocodiles? Researchers around the globe faced risky situations to gather wild relatives of key foods. That genetic pool could be vital to helping crops adapt to climate change.

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'There's No Good Dust': What Happens After Quartz Countertops Leave The Factory

Slabs of engineered quartz are cut-to-order in thousands of shops across the country that may not adequately protect workers from dangerous levels of the lung-damaging contaminant.

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A 'Mole' Isn't Digging Mars: NASA Engineers Are Trying To Find Out Why

After the InSight lander had trouble drilling a sophisticated thermometer into the Martian surface, a Plan B also didn't work, and the instrument ended up backing itself out of the ground.

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Columbia Gorge Pikas Are Coming Back After Wildfire, Scientists Say

Scientists are finding evidence pikas are making a comeback in the Columbia Gorge after the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

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A Single Dose Of Ketamine Might Help Heavy Drinkers, Study Finds

Participants in the U.K. experimental study dramatically reduced their average alcohol intake for months after the initial treatment. Ketamine has also been used to treat severe depression.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Still Rising, U.N. Report Says

A United Nations report warns that greenhouse gas emissions from the world's largest economies must drop dramatically in the next decade to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

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Oregon Plant May Be Removed From Endangered Species List

For most of the past century, scientists thought Bradshaw's lomatium was extinct. Then, it was endangered. After recovery efforts, it's slated to be removed from the endangered species list.

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Oregon DEQ Proposes A New Plan To Reduce Mercury Pollution

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality proposes a new pollution standards for reducing mercury contamination in the Willamette Basin.

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'An Eye-Opener': Virtual Reality Shows Residents What Climate Change Could Do

The threat of climate change and the efforts needed to adapt to it are hard to comprehend. One Maryland community hopes it can be a model for communicating the risk and prompting action.

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Young Researchers Feel Excitement And Sadness To See Arctic Ice That May Disappear

Some projections say that by 2040 the Arctic Ocean may see its first ice-free summer in modern history. That means mixed emotions for young scientists seeing the ice for the first time.