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Are Green Jet Fuels Finally Ready for Takeoff?

By Eric Niiler
A first commercial test flight shows how fuel made from plants, not petroleum, could make flying cleaner.
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Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

By Ramin Skibba
Spacecraft help researchers monitor environmental problems on Earth, like the overgrowth of nonnative species and deforestation.

This Groundbreaking Simulator Generates a Huge Indoor Ocean

By Matt Simon
It’s a 32,000-gallon concrete tank with a wind tunnel grafted on top. With it, researchers can study the seas—and climate change—like never before.

A Cosmic Ray Event Pinpoints the Viking Landing in Canada

By Dan Falk
The celestial storm produced carbon-14 atoms found in the rings of a tree felled by Norse explorers, proving they made it to North America 1,000 years ago.

How Wavelets Let Researchers Transform and Understand Data

By Alexander Hellemans
Built upon the ubiquitous Fourier transform, these mathematical tools allow unprecedented analysis of continuous signals.

This Prairie Grassland Project Collects Native Seeds

By Kylie Mohr
Young members of the Fort Belknap Indian Community are learning how to identify and save local grasses as part of an effort to restore the land.

New Booster Approvals, Data on Kids' Shots, and More News

By Eve Sneider
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

If Clouds Are Made of Water, How Do They Stay in the Air?

By Rhett Allain
Despite the conventional wisdom, they don’t really float.

States Are Toughening Up on Genetic Privacy

By Emily Mullin
California’s SB 41 is the latest to tighten regulations on the sensitive data collected by companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.

This Protein Predicts a Brain’s Future After Traumatic Injury

By Max G. Levy
A blood test of “NfL” proteins answers questions about damage severity that doctors—and families—desperately need.

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

By Matt Simon
Tiny bits of plastic are swirling in the sky, and a new model suggests they could be subtly affecting the climate.

13 Face Masks Your Kids May Actually Wear

By Adrienne So
Your child still needs a face mask for school or play. These are the styles my little ones will tolerate.

More Covid Vaccine Boosters Are Coming. Who Should Get Them?

By Maryn McKenna
Federal advisers meet again this week to discuss third shots, but it’s still not clear what the best timing is—or what the US owes the world.

The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

By Ramin Skibba
The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a review and public hearings involving the space company's expanded site in Boca Chica, Texas.

Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

By Jim Robbins
Scientists are learning how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of effects that harms everything from soil microbes to wildlife.

FDA Backs Boosters, Travel Restrictions Lift, and More News

By Eve Sneider
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

Could MJ Really Hang on During Spider-Man’s Swing?

By Rhett Allain
Shooting a web from your hands requires Spidey powers. But does keeping your grip on one of them require Spidey strength?

The Malaria Vaccine Is a Big Deal, but Not a Silver Bullet

By Sara Harrison
RTS,S proves that shots can work against parasites. But to eradicate this disease, scientists say we need more than just one tool.

Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

By Matt Simon
In the new scientific (and literal) field of agrivoltaics, researchers are showing how panels can increase yields and reduce water use on a warming planet.

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

By Ramin Skibba
The agency knows it needs to adapt to climate-driven events that will increasingly threaten coastal launch sites and other key space infrastructure.