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Subtropical Storm Ana Is First Named Storm Of Atlantic Hurricane Season
Dustin Jones | May 22, 2021
Subtropical Storm Ana is moving west and is predicted to change toward the north, then move northeast.Screenshot by NPR | National Hurricane Center Updated May 23, 2021 at 8:46 AM ET Hurricane season in the Atlantic is off to an early start for the seventh consecutive year with subtropical storm ...
A Fungus Is Pushing Cicada Sex Into Hyperdrive And Leaving Them Dismembered
Karen Zamora | May 18, 2021
A small number of cicadas become infected by a fungus called Massospora, which causes the production of cathinone — an amphetamine.Matt Kasson After 17 years underground, the Brood X periodical cicadas are slowly emerging in 15 states across the East Coast and Midwest. They'll shed their skins and spend four ...
20 Companies Are Behind Half Of The World’s Single-Use Plastic Waste, Study Finds
Jason Breslow | May 18, 2021
A worker operates a forklift to move household waste at a facility that stores recyclable materials in Seoul, South Korea. In 2019, more than 130 million metric tons of single-use plastics were thrown away, according to a new report.Chung Sung-Jun | Getty Images In 2019, more than 130 million metric ...
How To Use Avocados (Or Onions) To Dye Clothes
Clare Marie Schneider | May 16, 2021
Clare Marie Schneider | NPR Avocado pits or onion skins are all you need to give an old t-shirt new life — and rethink your waste. Eliza Wapner of Lil Bits Cloth, a friend of Life Kit who uses plant-based dying practices to hand-make garments, says it's all about "rediscovering ...
What To Make Of The Yankees Outbreak? Scientists Say: Don’t Panic, We Expected This
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
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’
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
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
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
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. ...