Online Map Shows How Rising Sea Levels Will Impact Humanity

[Forbes, NASA] NASA’s Sea Level Change Team has created a sea level projection tool based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that visualizes the impacts of future sea level rise on coastlines and communities. More than 600 million people (around 10 percent of the world’s population) live in coastal […]

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‘Fool’s Gold’ Actually Contains a Newly Discovered Type of Real Gold, Scientists Find

[Science Alert, Wikimedia Commons] The mineral pyrite was historically nicknamed fool’s gold because of its deceptive resemblance to the precious metal. The term was often used during the California gold rush in the 1840s because inexperienced prospectors would claim discoveries of gold, but in reality it would be pyrite, composed of worthless […]

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Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

[Wired, Getty Images] On a “body farm,” researchers are exploring whether the nutrients from human cadavers can change the look of plants, which authorities might use to locate missing persons. SINCE 1980, THE University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center has plumbed the depths of the most macabre of sciences: the decomposition of human […]

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Breakthrough in Artificial Photosynthesis Lets Scientists Store The Sun’s Energy as Fuel

[Science Alert, iStock] Plants have a seemingly effortless skill – turning sunlight into energy – and scientists have been working to artificially emulate this photosynthesis process. The ultimate benefits for renewable energy could be huge – and a new approach based on ‘photosheets’ could be the most promising attempt we’ve seen so far. The […]

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