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When Bangkok floods (and it floods a lot), this park does something amazing

This oasis of green in the hyper-developed city has an important job: it can contain one million gallons of water. Here’s how. Bangkok is sinking. Spilling out across the delta of the Chao Phraya River, the Thai capital was once known as the Venice of the East for its network of canals. Today,...

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What plastic item would you love to ban? 15 ocean experts (and TED speakers) tell us.

Yes, plastic straws are bad, but they’re just a teeny drop in the giant ocean of plastic we’re swimming in. Here are other everyday plastic objects that we could put on the discontinued list. On July 9, Starbucks announced that by 2020, it plans to phase out plastic straws from all its s...

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‘There’s No Collusion’: Geology’s Timekeepers Are Feuding

“What the fuck is the Meghalayan?” asked Ben van der Pluijm, a geologist.Whatever the Meghalayan is, we live in it now.Earlier this week, the International Commission on Stratigraphy announced that the current stretch of geological time, the Holocene Epoch, would be split into three subd...

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The Storm Petrel Is the Master of Extremes

The peninsula northwest of the industrial city of Antofagasta, on Chile’s northern desert coast, is haloed with seabirds in flight. Pelicans lumber past wheeling gulls. Flocks of boobies cut the haze around Punta Tetas—Tits Point—like an avian punch line.Farther from shore, where t...

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Decades of high-resolution imagery now provide NASA scientists with a clear-eyed view of the moon’s surface.

Credit: NASA via Getty ImagesWhen humans next set foot on the moon, they'll have a special spacecraft guiding their steps. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has a high-resolution camera that takes pictures of the moon. And the pictures it beams back are far better than what the Apoll...

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What plastic item would you love to ban? 15 ocean experts (and TED speakers) tell us.

Yes, plastic straws are bad, but they’re just a teeny drop in the giant ocean of plastic we’re swimming in. Here are other everyday plastic objects that we could put on the discontinued list. On July 9, Starbucks announced that by 2020, it plans to phase out plastic straws from all its s...

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There Is No Escape for Corals

It’s faintly absurd to be in one of the most obscure parts of the planet—a creepy zone of perpetual gloom and imminent danger, where no other humans have ventured—and have a cartoonishly squeaky voice. That’s what Luiz Rocha and his team repeatedly experienced in their attemp...

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How Viruses Cooperate to Defeat CRISPR

No single wolf can take down a bison on its own, but the pack has strength in numbers. A lone army ant is little threat, but an entire colony is a mighty destructive force. The natural world abounds with examples of predators that cooperate to take down their prey. And such teamwork also exists at a...

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Crows Sometimes Have Sex With Their Dead

Updated on July 18 at 11:45 p.m. ETIn April 2015, Kaeli Swift laid a dead crow next to a cherry tree—and waited.Swift, who studies bird behavior at the University of Washington, had previously shown that crows conduct “funerals” by gathering around the corpses of their peers. Now a...

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Even Geologists Hate the EPA’s New Science Rule

Oops.A few months ago, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new policy that it claimed would “strengthen transparency” in the science it uses to craft regulation. To support its case, the agency alluded to a few major research institutions—namely, three of the world&rsquo...


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