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 2022-05-17 20:00 

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Bucking the trend: Is there a future for ultra long-haul flights in a net zero carbon world?...

Shutterstock This year, Qantas announced two plans in direct conflict. In March, Australia's largest airline group went public with the admirable goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and a 25% reduction by 2030 by using new clean fuels, boosti...

 2022-05-17 20:00 

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A fossil tooth places enigmatic ancient humans in Southeast Asia...

Fabrice Demeter (University of Copenhagen / CNRS Paris) , Author provided What do a finger bone and some teeth found in the frigid Denisova Cave in Siberia's Altai mountains have in common with fossils from the balmy hills of tropical northern Laos? N...

 2022-05-17 19:41 

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Why Turkey isn't on board with Finland, Sweden joining NATO and why that matters...

Room for any more at NATO? Not according to Turkey's president. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images After decades of neutrality, the two Scandinavian states that have to date remained out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have reacted to R...

 2022-05-17 19:07 

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Air of compromise: NZ's Emissions Reduction Plan reveals a climate budget that's long on planning, short on strategy...

Getty Images Until now, the government's approach to climate action has largely been about getting the policy architecture right. This work is vital, but it's more about rearranging possible futures, less about emissions reductions in the near ter...

 2022-05-17 18:59 

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Zinc is a metal essential to life scientists have discovered a protein that helps keep cells alive when zinc levels are low...

A protein called ZNG1 helps cells make use of zinc when stores of this essential nutrient are running low. bagi1998/E+ via Getty Images All living things, including people, need zinc in their diets. Getting too little of this essential metal can impair gr...

 2022-05-17 12:26 

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It's impossible to determine your personal COVID-19 risks and frustrating to try but you can still take action...

Before the pandemic, an intergenerational tea party wouldn't have seemed a risky proposition. fotostorm/E+ via Getty Images "How risky is being indoors with our 10-year-old granddaughter without masks? We have plans to have birthday tea together. ...

 2022-05-17 12:26 

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Hydropower's future is clouded by droughts, floods and climate change it's also essential to the US electric grid...

Lake Powell's water level has been falling amid a two-decade drought. The white 'bathtub ring' on the canyon walls marks the decline. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The water in Lake Powell, one of the nation's largest reservoirs, has fallen...

 2022-05-17 12:26 

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Beyond flora and fauna: Why it's time to include fungi in global conservation goals...

Decomposers at work: Shelf fungi feeding on a rotting log. Craig Joiner/Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images It's no secret that Earth's biodiversity is at risk. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature , ...

 2022-05-17 12:25 

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Fewer donors say they're willing to give to a charity when it supports immigrants especially if they're undocumented...

A woman and her child seek help from CASA, an immigrants rights group, in Maryland in 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images About 45 million Americans are immigrants , a near-record 14% of the population. Among them are, according to govern...

 2022-05-17 04:20 

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When roads become rivers: forming a Plan B can stop people driving into floodwaters...

Queensland residents are facing yet another arduous clean-up after floods inundated roads and towns last week. In the current La Nia period, from November 2021 to present, at least 41 people have died (including three missing presumed dead) from floods ac...

 2022-05-16 19:59 

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Almost 90% of us now believe climate change is a problem - across all political persuasions...

Getty If a week is a long time in politics, three years is an eternity. Since the 2019 election, Australia has endured devastating megafires and unprecedented floods. Meanwhile, news of extreme weather such as India and Pakistan's horrific heatwaves h...

 2022-05-16 19:59 

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How NZ could become a world leader in decarbonisation using forestry and geothermal technology...

Shutterstock Energy is the double-edged sword at the root of the climate crisis. Cheap energy has improved lives and underpinned massive economic growth. But because most of it comes from burning hydrocarbon fuels, we're now left with a legacy of high...

 2022-05-16 19:59 

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Digital inequality: why can I enter your building but your website shows me the door?...

Shutterstock When people hear the term "accessibility" in the context of disability, most will see images of ramps, automatic doors, elevators, or tactile paving (textured ground which helps vision impaired people navigate public spaces). These ar...

 2022-05-16 18:30 

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How media reports of 'clashes' mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian violence...

When does a 'clash' become an 'assault'? AP Photo/Maya Levin Israeli police attacked mourners carrying the coffin of slain Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 13, 2022, beating pallbearers with batons and kicking them ...

 2022-05-16 12:17 

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Online data could be used against people seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade falls...

Apps for tracking reproductive health are convenient, but the data they collect could be used against you. Tarik Kizilkaya/iStock via Getty Images When the draft of a Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press, many of ...

 2022-05-16 12:15 

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The story of suffering and death behind Ireland's ban and subsequent legalization of abortion...

The death of Savita Halappanavar in an Irish hospital in 2012 after she was denied an abortion during a miscarriage caused outrage across Ireland. AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade , the 1973 decision that legalized...

 2022-05-16 12:15 

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Abortion: the story of suffering and death behind Ireland's ban and subsequent legalization...

The death of Savita Halappanavar in an Irish hospital in 2012 after she was denied an abortion during a miscarriage caused outrage across Ireland. AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade , the 1973 decision that legalized...

 2022-05-16 12:15 

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Russia's reported abduction of Ukrainian children echoes other genocidal policies, including US history of kidnapping Native American children...

Ione Quigley of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe during a ceremony in Carlisle, Pa., on July 14, 2021, marking the return to tribal lands in South Dakota of disinterred remains of nine Native American children who died more than a century ago while attending a gov...

 2022-05-16 12:15 

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Could people breathe the air on Mars?...

An artist's concept of an astronaut walking on Mars. But what would happen if the astronaut weren't wearing a space helmet? cokada/E+ via Getty Images Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you'd like an expe...

 2022-05-16 05:33 

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I want my vote to count for nature: how do the major parties stack up?...

Shutterstock The animals and plants at risk of extinction finally made it onto the political agenda last week, as Labor and the Greens launched biodiversity policies ahead of the federal election. Labor's policies included new funding for the Great Ba...

 2022-05-15 20:15 

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No, Mr Morrison. Minority government need not create 'chaos' it might finally drag Australia to a responsible climate policy...

Labor might be leading in the national polls, but a hung parliament after the May 21 election remains a distinct possibility. So-called "teal" independents, whose blue conservatism is tinged with green concern for climate change, may well join Gre...

 2022-05-15 20:15 

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Humans have big plans for mining in space but there are many things holding us back...

Shutterstock Like Earth, planetary bodies such as the Moon, Mars, asteroids and comets contain substantial deposits of valuable resources. This has caught the attention of both researchers and industry, with hopes of one day mining them to support a space...

 2022-05-15 16:52 

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More mass shootings are happening at grocery stores — 13% of shooters are motivated by race, criminologists find...

Racial hatred is a factor in 13% of mass shootings at grocery stores. John Normile/Getty Images An apparently racially motivated attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, resulted in 10 deaths on May 14, 2022, with the teenage suspect allegedly target...

 2022-05-15 16:52 

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More mass shootings are happening at grocery stores 13% of shooters are motivated by racial hatred, criminologists find...

Racial hatred is a factor in 13% of mass shootings at grocery stores. John Normile/Getty Images An apparently racially motivated attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, resulted in 10 deaths on May 14, 2022, with the teenage suspect allegedly target...

 2022-05-13 21:39 

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Enforcing unprecedented subpoenas for GOP lawmakers turns on complex legal precedent going back centuries...

Will House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attempt to defy subpoena? Drew Angerer/Getty Images An attempt to force five Republican lawmakers into providing information to the House panel probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is unlikely to end with the ...

 2022-05-13 12:15 

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A shrinking fraction of the world's major crops goes to feed the hungry, with more used for nonfood purposes...

Harvesting soybeans in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Brazil exports soybeans and uses them domestically to make animal feed and biodiesel. Paulo Fridman/Corbis via Getty Images CC BY-ND Rising competition for many of the world's important crops is sending incr...

 2022-05-13 12:14 

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A court case against migrant activists in Italy offers a reminder not all refugees are welcome in Europe...

As many European countries welcome Ukrainians fleeing war, recent charges against a migrant advocate in Rome offer a reminder that popular anti-migration sentiments persist across Europe. Andrea Costa, the president of Rome-based migration nonprofit Baoba...

 2022-05-13 12:13 

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Abortion funds are in the spotlight with the likely end of Roe v. Wade 3 findings about what they do...

Most women helped by these charities are in their 20s. Damir Khabirov/iStock via Getty Images Plus Donations to abortion funds are reportedly surging following the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision that signaled the imminent end of lega...

 2022-05-13 12:13 

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How to brainstorm brilliant ideas in teams without sliding into 'groupthink'...

Creativity is among the most in-demand skills in the workplace . It's not surprising that top multinational companies are looking to hire inventive thinkers: Research shows that creativity can drive innovation and resilience in organizations . Tech gi...

 2022-05-13 01:42 

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Could we learn to love slugs and snails in our gardens?...

Shutterstock Before you squash or poison the next slug or snail you see in your garden, consider this: The British Royal Horticultural Society no longer classifies these gastropods as pests. Why on earth would a leading gardening organisation do that, you...

 2022-05-12 22:33 

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Say hello to Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy...

This image shows Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. EHT Collaboration , CC BY-SA On May 12, 2022, astronomers on the Event Horizon Telescope team released an image of a black hole called Sagittarius A* that lies at the c...

 2022-05-12 20:01 

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What the next Australian government must do to save the Great Barrier Reef...

Getty Images Widespread coral bleaching has now occurred on the Great Barrier Reef for the fourth time in seven years. As the world has heated up more and more, there's less and less chance for corals to recover. This year, the Morrison government ann...

 2022-05-12 20:00 

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Baby oysters follow the crackling sound of snapping shrimp...

Oksana Maksymova/Shutterstock Though oysters may be brainless bivalves, they can "hear" and swim towards attractive sounds of the sea. We played the crackling sound of snapping shrimp, which indicates a healthy reef, to baby oysters using underwat...

 2022-05-12 18:44 

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The idea that power poses boost your confidence fell from favor but a new review of the research calls for a second look...

After great popularity, the idea of power poses came under fire. Choreograph/iStock via Getty Images Plus If you stand like Wonder Woman or Superman, will you feel stronger? Will you actually be stronger? Psychology researchers have investigated these que...

 2022-05-12 18:00 

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Trees aren't a climate change cure-all 2 new studies on the life and death of trees in a warming world show why...

When trees burn, all the carbon they have stored goes back into the atmosphere. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images When people talk about ways to slow climate change, they often mention trees , and for good reason. Forests take up a large amount of th...

 2022-05-12 12:14 

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Ukraine's information war is winning hearts and minds in the West...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is introduced to the US Congress by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on March 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images Russia's invasion of Ukraine has dominated headlines since late Fe...

 2022-05-12 12:14 

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What is dead pool? A water expert explains...

The white 'bathtub ring' around Lake Mead, shown on Jan. 11, 2022, is roughly 160 feet high and reflects falling water levels. George Rose/Getty Images Journalists reporting on the status and future of the Colorado River are increasingly using the...

 2022-05-12 12:13 

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Why the world has a lot to learn about conservation and trust from Indigenous societies...

A family in northern Siberia watches -- but decides not to hunt -- a musk ox that wandered into the area where they live. John Ziker , Author provided Twenty-five years ago, when I was a young anthropologist working in northern Siberia , the Indigenous hu...

 2022-05-12 12:13 

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Using 'science' to market cookies and other products meant for pleasure backfires with consumers...

Science makes pleasure. Billy Burdette/EyeEm via Getty Images The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea When companies say a product meant for pleasure was developed using science, consumers are less likely to buy it...

 2022-05-12 09:02 

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'Like 20 tip trucks pouring sand on every metre-wide strip': how extreme storms can replenish beaches, not just erode them...

Environmental scientists see flora, fauna and phenomena the rest of us rarely do. In this series, we've invited them to share their unique photos from the field . Extreme storms can cause devastating erosion and leave beachfront houses teetering on cl...

 2022-05-12 04:05 

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4 reasons why the Morrison government's forestry cash splash is bad policy...

shutterstock Shutterstock This federal election campaign has involved very little discussion of environmental or natural resource policies, other than mining. An exception is a A$220 million Morrison government pledge for the forestry industry. The money ...

 2022-05-12 00:47 

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AI, philosophy and religion: what machine learning can tell us about the Bhagavad Gita...

Wikimedia Commons , CC BY-SA Machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) methods have had immense success with scientific and technical tasks such as predicting how protein molecules fold and recognising faces in a crowd. However, the applicat...

 2022-05-11 19:55 

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Climate change hits low-income earners harder and poor housing in hotter cities is a disastrous combination...

Shutterstock Cost of living is a major focus in this election campaign, and yet political leaders have been unacceptably silent on the disproportionate impact of climate change on Australians with low incomes. This is particularly true for Western Sydney ...

 2022-05-11 19:55 

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A tug of war between survival and fitness: how chameleons become even brighter without predators around...

Martin Whiting , Author provided Invasive species offer a rare research opportunity, as they often colonise new environments very different to their native habitat. One such species is the Jackson's three-horned chameleon ( Triocerus j. xantholophus )...

 2022-05-11 17:42 

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A member of the Marcos family is returning to power here's what it means for democracy in the Philippines...

Politics is the Marcos family business. Ezra Acayan/Getty Images Some 36 years after the People Power Revolution restored democracy to the Philippines, a member of perhaps the most brutal and corrupt political dynasties in the nation's memory is set t...

 2022-05-11 14:41 

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US Senate to vote on abortion rights bill -- but what would it mean to codify Roe into law?...

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters ahead of a vote on abortion rights. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on May 11, 2022 , on a bill that would enshrine the right to an abortion into law. The Democrats&...

 2022-05-11 12:28 

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Use of 'white privilege' makes online discussions more polarized and less constructive...

A protestor holds a sign reading 'White Privilege Is The Problem' at a rally against policy brutality and racial injustice in New York on Sept. 5, 2020. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images A wide variety of historical , economic and cultura...

 2022-05-11 12:06 

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Wealthy nations are carving up space and its riches and leaving other countries behind...

There is a U.S. flag on the Moon, but in the future, countries may start to turn access to the Moon and asteroids into serious wealth. NASA/Neil A. Armstrong Satellites help run the internet and television and are central to the Global Positioning System....

 2022-05-11 12:05 

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Why Ukraine's undersized military is resisting supposedly superior Russian forces...

A Ukrainian soldier is seen at a Ukrainian front line in Donbass, Ukraine, on April 11, 2022. Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Before Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, many observers looked at Russia's overwhelmin...

 2022-05-11 12:05 

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Trusting societies are overall happier a happiness expert explains why...

Trust in other people and in public institutions is one key predictor of happiness. Universal Images Group via Getty Images Human beings are social animals . This means, almost as a matter of logical necessity, that humans' quality of life is largely ...

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