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Stop scaring people about climate change. It doesn’t work.

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Heat death. The end of food. Unbreathable air. Perpetual war. Yep, like much of the internet, I’ve been reading New York Magazine’s harrowing cover story on climate change. I do ...

On Being a Science Writer and Managing a Mental Illness

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5 mentions7 days ago
To be a science writer—to generate creative ideas, meet deadlines, and turn around timely revisions—you have to have a routine. Mine starts with a dose of citalopram, a selective serotonin ...

What Would It Take to Completely Sterilize the Earth?

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
The odds of finding life on another planet hinge on the answers to two big questions. First, how often does life arise? Second, once it does arise, how likely is ...

It’s okay to talk about how scary climate change is. Really.

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5 mentions2 weeks ago
David Wallace-Wells has a cover story on climate change in New York magazine that has kicked up quite a discussion. It’s about worst-case scenarios, i.e., what is likely to happen ...

The White House just posted the emails of critics

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7 mentions2 weeks ago
The White House just responded to concerns it would release voters’ sensitive personal information by releasing a bunch of voters’ sensitive personal information. Last month, the White House’s “election integrity” ...

Half of All Plastic That Has Ever Existed Was Made in the Past 13 Years

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2 mentions6 days ago
In 2014, scientists found a new kind of of “stone” on the beaches of Hawaii. It was made of sand, organic debris, volcanic rock, all swirled together with melted plastic.

It's a Mistake to Focus Just on Animal Extinctions

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Imagine if every animal and plant on the planet collapsed into a single population each, says ecologist Gerardo Ceballos. If lions disappeared except from one small corner of Kenya, the ...

Grey Parrot Disappointed To Discover Rest Of Aviary A Bunch Of Idiots

2 mentions7 days ago
PITTSBURGH—Saying he didn’t know how long he could put up with his enclosure companions, an African grey parrot was reportedly disappointed Monday to discover that the other birds in his ...

One Man's Plan to Make Sure Gene Editing Doesn't Go Haywire

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
It’s summer, which means that it’s also tick season. Through their bites, these bloodsuckers pick up the bacteria that cause Lyme disease from white-footed mice and then spread those microbes ...