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The Planet Desperately Needs That UN Plastics Treaty

An agreement can’t magically end the catastrophe of plastic pollution. But it could be a step in the right direction.

Scientists Reexamine Why Zebra Stripes Mysteriously Repel...

While biologists still aren't exactly sure how it works, a new study closes in on why the insects that pester Savannah animals zig...

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The Future of Sex Ed Is the Internet

Many schools have given up on crafting inclusive and informative sex education. These websites and activists are filling in the gaps.

The High-Temperature Superconductivity Mystery Is Finally...

An atomic-scale experiment all but settles the origin of the strong form of superconductivity seen in cuprate crystals, confirming...

The Physics of Scuba Diving

A deep dive into the science of staying alive underwater.

The Geological Fluke That's Protecting Sea Life in the...

The islands are in the line of an icy current that provides marine ecosystems refuge amid warming oceans. But the good news might...

The Hibernator’s Guide to the Galaxy

Scientists are on the verge of figuring out how to put humans in a state of suspended animation. It could be the key to colonizing...

‘Gold Hydrogen’ Is an Untapped Resource in Depleted Oil...

The fuel can be produced by adding bacteria to spent drill holes—meaning there are thousands of potential hydrogen sources worldwide.

The Quest to Save the Most Precious Voices on Earth

Composer and artist Harry Yeff—aka Reeps One—shares the motivations behind his innovative Voice Gems project with the audience at...

To Ditch Pesticides, Scientists Are Hacking Insects’ Sex...

It’s now possible to mass-produce pheromones that keep insects from breeding near crops—protecting cereals and other staples with...