This Arctic heat wave has been unusually long-lived. The darkest reds on this map of the Arctic are areas that were more than 14 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the spring of 2020 compared to the recent 15-year average.
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The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.
Protesters smash the window of a Chase bank during protests in Oakland.
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Understanding how unrest informed both early Christianity and the foundational stories of the United States can serve as a guide in this current period of turmoil.
Students, adults with children at home and front-line health care workers are most at-risk.
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A mental health crisis has begun, as social isolation from the coronavirus and loss of jobs, income and loved ones have left people reeling. A transformation of care is badly needed.
They may look comfy to sit on but you’d plummet through and hit the ground.
You might have already felt what it would be like inside a cloud made of condensed water vapor.
Artist rendition of the National Western Center, a net-zero campus under construction in Denver to house multiple activities.
City and County of Denver | Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center
Net zero energy buildings produce at least as much energy as they use. Designing whole net zero campuses and communities takes the energy and climate benefits to a higher level.
Mating laser-driven atomic clocks like the one shown here with microwaves promises more accurate electronic devices.
Researchers have made some of the most accurate clocks imaginable in recent years, but the trick is harnessing those clocks to electronics. Using lasers to tune microwaves bridges the gap.
Over the last 50 years, a lot has changed in rocketry. The fuel that powers spaceflight might finally be changing too.
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An update of 50-year-old regulations has kickstarted research into the next generation of rockets. Powered by nuclear fission, these new systems could be the key to faster, safer exploration of space.
A forest cat.
Captured by the project's camera trap.
The conventional view is that Madagascar has no native cats. Yet, cats are plentiful.
Business closures and recent rain contribute to Los Angeles’ recent uptick in air quality.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
The response to COVID-19 suggests how we can leverage entrepreneurial approaches to climate change.
From your lungs into the air around you, aerosols carry coronavirus.
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Aerosols are the tiny particles of liquid and material that float around in our environment. When they come from an infected person, they may be a significant source of coronavirus transmission.
Noting nature around you – it could be a glance outside, tending plants, or 'green' exercise – will improve your well-being, research shows. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more important.
Closing the door on another presidential run.
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Bernie Sanders is the antithesis of a political showman who says one thing today, another tomorrow. Perhaps, in the end, that was his undoing.
As workers make matzo for Passover, many families will not be able to get together this year.
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Some of the Passover Seder traditions are occurring through Zoom this year. A historian of the Bible explains how ancient Israelites changed the ways of their worship.
A ministry program student at a Texas prison. Some inmates cite religion to avoid gang recruitment.
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Gangs are still a significant reality in US prisons. But most inmates say that their power has been watered down, and they no longer rule facilities with an iron fist.
The NBA suspended its season on March 11, citing the coronavirus risk. A force majeure clause in the NBA contract means players could lose money with each canceled game.
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing companies, universities and even the NBA to break contracts. What does the law say about liability in a situation like this, and does the money have to be returned?
In the German town Winterbach, Catholic Church services are being streamed through YouTube.
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Faith communities are changing many traditional practices to deal with coronavirus restrictions. A historian of the Bible argues how innovation has long been part of religious practice.
A block of sand particles held together by living cells.
The University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science
Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.
The point is to make sure hospitals have space for those who get sick.
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Best-case estimates suggest 40 million American adults may come down with COVID-19. But an epidemiologist explains why now is not the time to just give up.
Cesarean sections have become more common in the U.S.
The decline in US birth weight is somewhat of a puzzle for public health researchers.
An Uighur woman rests near a barricaded structure and heavily armed Chinese policemen in Urumqi.
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A scholar who spent 24 months in the Uighur-dominated regions of China recalls when the Chinese crackdown on Uighurs started in 2017 – people were picked up and never returned.