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  • America’s most stunning jerks are flocking to your national parks. Who are they?

    Like an unlocked museum, national parks have been left largely defenseless during the most recent government shutdown, allowing scoundrels and cheats to tramp over unstaffed lands. While much of the federal government is funded during the longest-ever shutdown, the national parks aren't. Yet in late 2018, the Trump administration made the unusual — and possibly illegal — decision to keep many of the nation's crown jewels operating with skeleton crews. Destruction, mounds of litter, and vandalism...

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  • Why we need an underwater space race

    As midnight neared, we bobbed around in the black Caribbean Sea aboard a rubber dinghy. There were five of us out there, peering down into the undulating, forever darkness. We scoured the water for signs of a telltale light, coming from below. A yellow submarine — the same one that seven years previous captured the first deep sea footage of a giant squid — was expected to return to the surface after spending five hours in the ocean depths off of Eluethera, a snake-shaped island in The...

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  • Impeach Donald Trump

    Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.

    The Atlantic
  • Why Americans trust technology but not science

    Benjamin Franklin understood that the two go hand-in-hand.

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  • Harvard professor doubles down on interstellar asteroid ‘alien’ theory

    A mysterious cigar-shaped space rock that shot suspiciously close to Earth could be an alien spacecraft that broke down on its interstellar journey. That’s according to one prominent space scientist, who says the probe may have been sent by extraterrestrial beings to spy on our planet. Radio scans of Oumuamua, a strange object that flew

    New York Post
  • Most distant object ever explored makes its screen debut

    WASHINGTON — The tumbling space snowman is making its out-of-this-world film premiere. Scientists from NASA’s New Horizons mission on Tuesday released the first stitched together animation of Ultima Thule, the most distant object ever explored by humans. The small, icy object is shown spinning end-over-end like a propeller. It is about 4 billion miles from

    New York Post
  • Cannabis may alter the genetic makeup of sperm

    A new study suggests that marijuana use can not only lower sperm count, but also affect sperm DNA. Read more

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  • 60% of the planet's wild coffee species face extinction. What that means for your morning caffeine kick.

    A triple whammy of disease, climate change, and deforestation has threatened around 60 percent of the planet's wild coffee species. While this hasn't yet imperiled the world's coffee supply, it jeopardizes your favorite coffee's resiliency in the face of profound planetary change.   In new research published Wednesday in Science Advances, botanists and plant researchers determined that 75 of 124 wild coffee species are now threatened with extinction, based upon widely-used International Union...

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  • Researchers Create Perfect Blood Vessels in a Petri Dish for the First Time

    The researchers also demonstrated that it is possible to grow functioning human blood vessels in another species.

    Motherboard
  • Drastic solution to halt climate change could be our last

    Peeking out from behind the massive cloud of coal smoke that is climate change, the tiniest sliver of a silver lining has emerged. We may still have a chance to keep the worst of global warming at bay. According to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, Earth has a 64 percent chance

    New York Post
  • GMO food opponents think they know the most, but actually know the least: Study

    New research suggests that people’s illusion of knowledge could be fueling the broader population’s opposition to genetically modified (GM) foods. “Extreme views often stem from people feeling they understand complex topics better than they do,” said Phil Fernbach, the lead author of the study, in

    ABC News
  • Here’s how to ‘Connect with Culture’ in Charlotte – for free

    For two days in January, you can experience everything from learning ballroom dance with the Charlotte Purple Steppers to listening to story time with a ballerina from the Charlotte Ballet.

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  • Wild, cosmic-eyed frog rediscovered in a far-off cloud forest

    Teresa Camacho Badani's boots brimmed with water after slogging through flowing streams in Bolivia's mountainous cloud forest. It had been a taxing day searching for an elusive frog that potentially still inhabited the gushing streams here — though the species hadn't been spotted in 10 years. She was exhausted. But she stepped into one last stream, and found a wild-eyed, orange-bellied Sehuencas water frog. She screamed. "I couldn't believe it," Badani, the chief of herpetology at the Museo de...

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  • High school science teacher, 30, is charged with having inappropriate relationship with a student

    Texas teacher Jennifer Drushel, 30, has been charged with a felony count of improper relationship between educator and student punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

    Mail Online
  • Extreme opponents to GM foods "know the least, but think they know the most"

    The study of 2,000 Americans and Europeans highlights a lack of understanding around genetically modified foods.

    Newsweek
  • Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Congress About Why Bounty Hunters Can Buy Cell Phone Location Data

    The Chairman's staff said the selling of location data is not a 'threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC will address during the Trump shutdown.'

    Motherboard
  • Antarctica’s once sleepy ice sheets have awoken. That's bad.

    Antarctica — home to the greatest ice sheets on Earth — isn't just melting significantly faster than it was decades ago. Great masses of ice that scientists once presumed were largely immune to melting, are losing ample ice into the sea.  In a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers illustrate that the ice-clad continent is losing more than six times as much ice as it was in the 1980s. A "major contributor," the scientists emphasize, are...

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  • Skin-crawling footage shows spiders ‘raining’ from sky

    Chilling footage has emerged appearing to show hundreds of spiders raining down from the sky in Brazil. A young boy who filmed the incredible moment said it left him “stunned and scared” as the arachnids floated in the air. The video shows spiders clustered in the air at Espírito Santo do Dourado, about 155 miles northeast

    New York Post