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Scientists reviewing over a decade’s worth of studies on the fate of notorious pollutants – dubbed ‘forever chemicals’ for the way they persist in waterways, soils, and sea ice – have unearthed where environmental hotspots of contamination lie. The review, led by hydrologist Xueyan Lyu of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, focused specifically
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Amid the continuous noise about cryptocurrencies, it’s often hard to pick out what really matters. However this month, if all goes to plan, the energy-hungry digital sector will undergo its biggest shake-up in years. Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, is tomorrow expected to start a technology changeover which, once complete, should cause its carbon emissions
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It could be raining diamonds on planets throughout the Universe, scientists suggested Friday, after using common plastic to recreate the strange precipitation believed to form deep inside Uranus and Neptune. ​Scientists had previously theorized that extremely high pressure and temperatures turn hydrogen and carbon into solid diamonds thousands of kilometers below the surface of the
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Insects have their own suite of friendly microbes that help keep them healthy, just as we do. But instead of simply growing larger like us sensible vertebrates, insects undergo extreme body warping to metamorphosize into their older stages of life. As you might expect, these life-changing contortions complicate the microbes’ living arrangements. This convoluted process
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The Martian atmosphere, in its current state, is not Earthling-friendly at all. It’s extremely thin, over 100 times less dense than Earth’s, and is made up mostly of carbon dioxide. Any humans attempting to breathe it would soon find themselves not breathing at all. But on that dusty, dry, alien world, a small instrument, a
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A new study has discovered a ‘frat-boy culture’ in dolphin society to rival our own. Beyond humans, researchers say dolphins are the only species known to form such complex, cooperative ‘bromances’. Other animals, like chimpanzees, show fierce male rivalry in their bid to mate with females. Their interactions don’t end in cooperation but in violence.