Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 11:54 AM Oct 25 2017
Science // 

It isn't just air pollution that's a problem—water pollution like that pictured here in Bangladesh accounts for more than a million deaths per year.

Sara Chodosh
at 11:54 AM Oct 25 2017
Nature // 

You already know about antibiotic and pesticide resistance. You've heard that mice and rats evolve immunity to poisons. But there are other, sneakier ways that the rest of our planet's ecosystem has adapted to humanity's presence.

Claire Maldarelli
at 11:03 AM Oct 23 2017

Before any medication, vaccine, or other drug therapy reaches human use, it goes through extensive testing in the lab—often in animals, and typically in mice. This step in the evaluation process is extremely important. The way a drug affects a cluster of cells in a Petri dish often has little to do with the way it will behave inside a living organism, where multiple organ systems are at play.

Lacey Wallace/The Conversation
at 11:03 AM Oct 23 2017
Science // 

When Stephen Paddock opened fire Oct. 1 on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing 59, the city became the unfortunate host of one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Investigators are still trying to piece together the events that took place that evening, and why.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 11:03 AM Oct 23 2017
Nature // 

Mosquitoes are weird fliers. Your typical air-jackey —a sparrow or a fruit fly, for instance—takes flight by jumping into the air. Only once aloft do they begin to flap their wings.

Sara Chodosh
at 11:03 AM Oct 23 2017
Nature // 

The problem with dogs is that they're a lot like babies that never grow up. This is both a great strength and a huge annoyance, mostly because they can't talk. Researchers who study infant learning and behavior have to rely on other cues, like how long subjects look at an object, because asking them questions is just a big waste of time. Dogs are the same, and that makes it very difficult to come to definitive conclusions about their behavior and what it means.

Jane A. Flegal and Andrew Maynard/The Conversation
at 10:57 AM Oct 23 2017
Science // 

Hollywood's latest disaster flick, “Geostorm,” is premised on the idea that humans have figured out how to control the Earth's climate. A powerful satellite-based technology allows users to fine-tune the weather, overcoming the ravages of climate change. Everyone, everywhere can quite literally “have a nice day,” until—spoiler alert!—things do not go as planned.

 
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