Science and technology

Auto and Utility Industries Team Up to Tackle Emissions

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Top representatives from vehicle manufacturers and utilities are joining forces to find ways to cut the U.S. transportation system’s energy use in half by 2050. The Alliance to Save Energy, a 40-year-old organization focused on energy efficiency policies, is announcing the new group today and calling it the “50 by 50” Commission. Co-chaired Read More

What the White House’s Opioid Emergency Declaration Means

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WASHINGTON — President Trump will instruct the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the administration said Thursday. It is a major step in combating the drug epidemic and a major follow-through on a longstanding presidential promise. But White House officials were quick to caution Read More

Camouflage Plumage Patterns Offer Clue to Dinosaur’s Habitat

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In 1996, a small, fluffy carnivore called Sinosauropteryx became the first dinosaur known to have had feathers. In 2010, it entered the ranks of the first dinosaurs to have their color elucidated, when analysis suggested that it had a fetching tail of ginger-and-white stripes. Now, UK researchers have reconstructed the color pattern across its entire body. Their findings reveal Read More

Astronomers Spot First-Ever Space Rock from Another Star

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For the first time ever, an asteroid or comet from another star has been caught hurtling through our solar system, astronomers announced late Thursday. Provisionally designated A/2017 U1, the object appears to be less than a half-kilometer in diameter and is traveling at just over 40 kilometers per second—faster than humanity’s speediest outbound space probes. Read More

Excessive Summertime Heat Is Rising across the U.S.

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans, mostly in Western states and on the Eastern seaboard, have endured more days of extreme summer heat over the past 10 years than in previous decades, a leading environmental group said in a study unveiled on Tuesday. The analysis compared daily summertime high temperatures recorded at thousands of U.S. Read More

A Nearby Neutron Star Collision Could Cause Calamity on Earth

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A long time ago in a galaxy far away—NGC 4993, to be exact—two neutron stars collided and created a spectacular light show. After billions of years spent slowly circling each other, in their last moments the two degenerate stars spiraled around each other thousands of times before finally smashing together at a significant Read More

Was the Extreme 2017 Hurricane Season Driven by Climate Change?

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Summer and fall 2017 saw an unusual string of record-breaking hurricanes pummel the U.S. Gulf Coast, eastern seaboard, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Hurricane Harvey brought unbelievable floods to Houston. Irma, one of the two strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the northern Atlantic, wreaked havoc on Florida and many Caribbean islands. Maria devastated Read More

Curiosity Mars Rover Tests Drill After Long Delay

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is making strides toward bringing its rock-boring drill back online. On Oct. 17, Curiosity pressed its drill against a Martian rock for the first time since December 2016, as part of a test designed to help assess the feasibility of a , mission team members said. That technique Read More

Kid Fears in Adults: Separation Anxiety

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From ill-advised Hollywood marriages to good ol’ oil and water, separation is an inevitable part of life. So it is with separation anxiety. Virtually every toddler goes through a totally normal developmental stage where being away from a primary caregiver is met with tears and clinging that falls somewhere between “baby koala” and Read More