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What To Make Of The Yankees Outbreak? Scientists Say: Don’t Panic, We Expected This
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Becky Sullivan | May 14, 2021
The New York Yankees, including manager Aaron Boone, are back to wearing masks after the team reported eight "breakthrough" COVID-19 cases this week.Julio Aguilar | Getty Images Eight members of the New York Yankees — the team's All-Star shortstop Gleyber Torres, along with seven coaches and staff members — have ...
Freshly Made Plutonium From Outer Space Found On Ocean Floor
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Nell Greenfieldboyce | May 13, 2021
Scientists believe some heavy elements are forged when a massive star goes through its death throes and explodes as a supernova. Here, Kepler's supernova remnant was captured in a NASA image.NASA/ESA/Johns Hopkins University | NASA Traces of rare forms of iron and plutonium have been found at the bottom of ...
Renewable Energy Growth Rate Up 45% Worldwide In 2020; IEA Sees ‘New Normal’
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Bill Chappell | May 11, 2021
Workers next to solar panels in an integrated power station in Yancheng, China, in October. An unprecedented amount of renewable power came online in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. China alone added more than 92 gigawatts of capacity, more than ...
Louisiana’s Governor Wants The Oil And Gas State To Go Carbon Neutral
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Tegan Wendland | May 11, 2021
The Royal Dutch Shell refinery is seen in Norco, La. The state is a major petrochemical and oil and gas producer, but Gov. John Bel Edwards has called for a plan to dramatically reduce climate warming emissions.Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg via Getty Images It may be the most surprising addition ...
Reaching Back To The New Deal, Biden Proposes A Civilian Climate Corps
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Nathan Rott, Scott Detrow | May 11, 2021
Members of the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) work on trails near Tally Lake in northwestern Montana. President Biden wants to retool and relaunch one of the country's most celebrated government programs: the Civilian Conservation Corps. MCC crews are already doing some of the work envisioned in Biden's climate proposal.Claire Harbage ...
Cats Take ‘If I Fits I Sits’ Seriously, Even If The Space Is Just An Illusion
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Nell Greenfieldboyce | May 10, 2021
Ash the cat selects the Kanizsa square stimulus — in other words, the illusion of a square — in a new study in which pet owners provided the data.Tara McCready If you've spent any time around cats, you've probably noticed that they love to curl up in small, cozy boxes. ...
Goodwill Doesn’t Want Your Broken Toaster
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Todd Bookman | May 6, 2021
A broken cat-scratching post poses a problem for Goodwill donation attendant Antonio Semiglia in Westbrook, Maine.Heather Steeves Cars begin lining up outside the Goodwill donation center in Seabrook, N.H., around 10 a.m. most mornings. Well-intended patrons are here with truckloads full of treasures. "We hope everyone brings great things that ...
New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.
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Becky Sullivan | May 6, 2021
Medical workers wait to vaccinate people at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic last month in Hollandale, Miss.Spencer Platt | Getty Images A new study estimates that the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. is more than 900,000, a number 57% higher than official figures. Worldwide, ...
A Fancy Bottle Of Wine That Went To Space Can Be Yours For Perhaps A Million Dollars
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Becky Sullivan | May 5, 2021
The bottle of Pétrus 2000 spent 14 months on the International Space Station. It will be sold alongside a "terrestrial" bottle of the same vintage.Christie's Images Ltd. 2021 For most wine drinkers, a budget bottle from the grocery store is perfectly sufficient. But for the adventurous wine connoisseur with a ...
Trees Talk To Each Other. ‘Mother Tree’ Ecologist Hears Lessons For People, Too
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Dave Davies | May 4, 2021
Suzanne Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia. Her own medical journey inspired her research into, among other things, the way yew trees communicate chemically with neighboring trees for their mutual defense.Brendan George Ko | Penguin Random House Trees are "social creatures" that communicate ...