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we know that green spaces mean healthy minds. now we need to act on that data.
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we know that green spaces mean healthy minds. now we need to act on that data.

A new Danish study confirms that being surrounded by greenery improves mental health. As more of us move into rapidly growing cities and aim to explore space, we need to plan for a greener future.

why gravity is the force you think you understand, but actually don’t
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why gravity is the force you think you understand, but actually don’t

If you think you know how gravity works, you’re probably wrong. While we can explain what it does, figuring out how has been a multi-decade long exercise in frustration and dead ends.

why the world’s tallest mountains might be hundreds of miles under our feet
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why the world’s tallest mountains might be hundreds of miles under our feet

Determining the tallest mountains on Earth seems like a fairly straightforward task, but it actually depends on which mountains you measure and how you measure them...

did asteroids and comets help create our continents?
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did asteroids and comets help create our continents?

Asteroids and comet brought our planet water and the chemical precursors for life. But could they have also given rise to our continents and help set plate tectonics in motion?

the world’s insects are going extinct, and they might take us with them
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the world’s insects are going extinct, and they might take us with them

You might not care that that some places on Earth are seeing 75% declines in some insects. You really should. When they’re gone completely, so are the ecosystems in which we grow our food.

how junk science can land you on death row
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how junk science can land you on death row

Far too much of what passes for forensic science in courtrooms fails to meet basic scientific standards while sending people to jail. And those who could fix this problem are refusing to help us.

did ancient californians accidentally poison themselves with their tupperware?
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did ancient californians accidentally poison themselves with their tupperware?

The ancient inhabitants of the Channel Islands suffered an unexplained and serious decline in health some 5,000 years ago. Scientists are still not sure why.

this is your brain. this is your brain on wealth and power.
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this is your brain. this is your brain on wealth and power.

Wealth and power don’t just change how you live and your priorities. They also change how your mind works in disconcerting ways.

how do we clean up the world’s massive plastic waste problem?
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how do we clean up the world’s massive plastic waste problem?

Environmental groups have been ringing the alarm about plastic waste filling oceans and landfills for decades, and the general public is finally paying attention. But do we have real solutions to this problem?

why your ancestry test probably isn’t that accurate
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why your ancestry test probably isn’t that accurate

Before you get your DNA tested, remember that most of the baseline samples used to process your genome only come from three countries and your reports will feature a lot of asterisks.

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