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The Atlantic Ocean’s ‘Conveyor Belt’ Stirs Up a Science Fight

Smack dab between eastern Canada’s Misery Point and Greenland’s Cape Desolation is a place where the thrashing of the Atlantic Ocean’s churn sounds about as friendly as the nearby place names. This stretch of water, the Labrador Sea, has long been considered a critical junction in the global circulatory system of the world’s oceans. By […]

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Floating Farms May Help Reinvent the World’s Food Ecosystems

Karma, Courage, and Sustainabetty are special heifers. They have uninterrupted views of Rotterdam harbor, poop on a poop deck, and walk that gangplank to a pasture. They and 31 other Meuse-Rhine-Issel cows clomped aboard the world’s first floating dairy farm last May. “It’s the best milk in the world,” says Peter van Wingerden, founder of […]

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A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Two scientific studies of the number of insects splattered by cars have revealed a huge decline in abundance at European sites in two decades. The research adds to growing evidence of what some scientists have called an “insect apocalypse,” which […]

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Psychedelic Fiber Offers a New Twist on the Science of Knots

One sunny day last summer, Mathias Kolle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, took a couple of eminent colleagues out sailing. They talked about their research. They had some drinks. Then Kolle noticed something was off: A rowboat tied to his boat had come loose and was drifting toward the horizon. As he […]

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Christina Koch and Jessica Meir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

After clocking 328 consecutive days in space, NASA astronaut Christina Koch landed safely back on Earth the week before last. Her trip was the longest-ever single spaceflight mission for a woman, and she did it for science: NASA needs to study the long-term effects of spaceflight on the human body in preparation for eventual stays […]

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‘Baby Talk’ Can Help Kids Learn Language (Oh Yes It Can!)

Confronted with a baby–or puppy–most adults can’t stop themselves from dissolving into baby talk: “WHO’S the cutest? It’s YOU! YES it IS!” We slow down, increase our pitch by nearly an octave, and milk each vowel for all it’s worth. And even if the baby can’t speak yet, we mimic the turn-taking of a conversation. […]