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Look inside the hidden world of Earth’s most beautiful caves

Formed by millennia of rain trickling through bedrock and ice, these recesses act as time capsules for anthropologists, biologists, and climatologists, who search them for precious remnants of life predating even the dinosaurs. Today, caving also attracts nyctophiles seeking calm darkness and self-trained cartographers looking to draw a more complete...

One of the country’s top environmental officials has been serving illegally

Senator Jon Tester on Minnesota (left) has introduced a bill to block William Perry Pendley (right) from resuming his post at the Bureau of Land Management. (Bureau of Land Management/)This story originally featured on Outdoor Life.Montana US Senator Jon Tester introduced legislation this week that ratchets up the stakes against William Perry Pendley,...

Dinosaurs may have evolved into birds, but early flights didn’t go so well

A reconstruction of Ambopteryx in a glide. (Gabriel Ugueto /)About 160 million years ago, two tiny dinosaurs known as Yi qi and Ambopteryx longibrachium glided through the trees in present-day China. Unfortunately for Yi and Ambopteryx, these aerial abilities were pretty underwhelming, scientists reported on October 22 in the journal iScience. The researchers...

Science was a big winner—and loser—at last night’s debate

Here's a run-down of what you need to know about the health and science topics discussed in the final presidential debate. (Pixabay/)The third presidential debate went much smoother than the first, but it was still somewhat of a mess when it comes to factual accuracy. The evening was littered with misleading or outright false statements. With the country...

The current state of the pandemic in five graphs

We could be in for a tough winter. (Infographic by Sara Chodosh/)Approximately one eternity ago in April 2020, experts thought we’d see 100,000 to 200,000 COVID deaths. It’s now October, cases are rising yet again, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently estimated that we’re at around 285,000 deaths from both direct and indirect causes—and...

We finally know why sea pickles glow

Scientists have known that sea pickles have special cells called photosites, located as spots around their bodies, that allow them to glow. But the species has been hard to study. (Credit: David Gruber/)David Gruber was on the southeast shores of Brazil when the ocean started glowing. He was testing out a squishy robotic hand that was attached to his...

How to decide who to vote for

You don't need to ponder for hours to figure out who to vote for. You just need to have a solid strategy. (Kazi Mizan/Unsplash/)<<< More Election 2020 coverage right this way. >>>Voting is the first step toward making sure the government does what you want it to do—but it can be a daunting one. Elections can be overwhelming, and no...

Your grip strength could hint at future health problems

Some medical researchers think that grip strength is an important health metric. (Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash/)Adam Taylor is a professor and director of the Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre at Lancaster University. This story originally featured on The Conversation.The human hand is remarkable. Not only does it allow us to throw, grab, climb and pick things...

The moon will soon have cell service

Talk about roaming! (NASA /)If NASA’s Artemis program succeeds in returning humans to the moon in 2024, the astronauts may have the option of tweeting their first words before leaving their first footprints.Last week, the US space agency announced a $14.1 million contract with the telecommunications company Nokia to build an LTE cellular network on...

2020 is shaping up to be America’s deadliest year in recent memory

Excess deaths, the CDC reported, occurred at higher rates among a number of minority groups including Latinx, Black Americans, Asian, and American Indian compared to white people. (Unsplash/)This week the Centers for Disease Control published an updated report on this year’s “excess deaths”—fatalities from any cause that exceed the number of mortalities...

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