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Are Green Jet Fuels Finally Ready for Takeoff?

By Eric Niiler — October 27th 2021 at 11:00
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 — October 26th 2021 at 15:00
Spacecraft help researchers monitor environmental problems on Earth, like the overgrowth of nonnative species and deforestation.
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This Groundbreaking Simulator Generates a Huge Indoor Ocean

By Matt Simon — October 26th 2021 at 11:00
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.
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A Cosmic Ray Event Pinpoints the Viking Landing in Canada

By Dan Falk — October 25th 2021 at 11:00
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.
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How Wavelets Let Researchers Transform and Understand Data

By Alexander Hellemans — October 24th 2021 at 12:00
Built upon the ubiquitous Fourier transform, these mathematical tools allow unprecedented analysis of continuous signals.
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This Prairie Grassland Project Collects Native Seeds

By Kylie Mohr — October 23rd 2021 at 12:00
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.
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New Booster Approvals, Data on Kids' Shots, and More News

By Eve Sneider — October 22nd 2021 at 18:07
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.
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If Clouds Are Made of Water, How Do They Stay in the Air?

By Rhett Allain — October 22nd 2021 at 12:00
Despite the conventional wisdom, they don’t really float.
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States Are Toughening Up on Genetic Privacy

By Emily Mullin — October 21st 2021 at 13:00
California’s SB 41 is the latest to tighten regulations on the sensitive data collected by companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.
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This Protein Predicts a Brain’s Future After Traumatic Injury

By Max G. Levy — October 21st 2021 at 12:00
A blood test of “NfL” proteins answers questions about damage severity that doctors—and families—desperately need.
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Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

By Matt Simon — October 20th 2021 at 15:00
Tiny bits of plastic are swirling in the sky, and a new model suggests they could be subtly affecting the climate.
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13 Face Masks Your Kids May Actually Wear

By Adrienne So — October 20th 2021 at 13:00
Your child still needs a face mask for school or play. These are the styles my little ones will tolerate.
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More Covid Vaccine Boosters Are Coming. Who Should Get Them?

By Maryn McKenna — October 20th 2021 at 11:00
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.
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The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

By Ramin Skibba — October 19th 2021 at 16:42
The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a review and public hearings involving the space company's expanded site in Boca Chica, Texas.
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Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

By Jim Robbins — October 16th 2021 at 12:00
Scientists are learning how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of effects that harms everything from soil microbes to wildlife.
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FDA Backs Boosters, Travel Restrictions Lift, and More News

By Eve Sneider — October 15th 2021 at 18:45
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.
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Could MJ Really Hang on During Spider-Man’s Swing?

By Rhett Allain — October 15th 2021 at 13:00
Shooting a web from your hands requires Spidey powers. But does keeping your grip on one of them require Spidey strength?
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The Malaria Vaccine Is a Big Deal, but Not a Silver Bullet

By Sara Harrison — October 15th 2021 at 11:00
RTS,S proves that shots can work against parasites. But to eradicate this disease, scientists say we need more than just one tool.
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Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

By Matt Simon — October 14th 2021 at 11:00
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.
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NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

By Ramin Skibba — October 13th 2021 at 11:00
The agency knows it needs to adapt to climate-driven events that will increasingly threaten coastal launch sites and other key space infrastructure.