23 February 2019

The latest word from scientists studying the Arctic is that the polar region is warming twice as fast as the average rise on the rest of the planet. And researchers say the trend isn’t letting up. That’s the latest from the 2014 Arctic Report Card — a compilation of recent research from more than 60 […]

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13 February 2019

Earlier this month the U.S. Navy’s research office rented out a conference center in Washington, D.C., to show off some of its hottest new technology. On display was an electromagnetic gun, and drones that could swarm around an enemy ship. But it wasn’t all James Bond-style gadgets. In a little side room was a yellow […]

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8 February 2019

Hidden Brain host Shankar Vedantam takes you on vacation with him to Alaska. You’ll hike on top of a glacier, drink from a cool stream, and talk with fellow tourists from around the world. But the trip comes with an upsetting observation: Glaciers in Alaska are retreating. The Mendenhall glacier, visited by tens of thousands […]

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3 February 2019

We Americans are heavy consumers of meat, and we’re increasingly reminded that eating less of it will shrink our carbon footprint. Growing the crops to feed all those animals releases lots of greenhouse gases. But a new study argues that eating less meat isn’t a very practical climate-protection recipe for developing countries, where demand for […]

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