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How ancient cultures explained eclipses

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the United States.

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Are you lonesome tonight? Why we, like Elvis, turn to food for comfort

Research has shown that some individuals are more susceptible than others to the habit-forming behavior of overeating high-fat, high-sugar foods.

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To restore our soils, feed the microbes

New research suggests that by fostering an efficient and active soil microbiome, we can accelerate soil regeneration far beyond typical rates seen in nature.

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What’s the deal with the debt ceiling? 5 questions answered

Just like the rest of us, governments must borrow when they spend more money than they receive.

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Human noise pollution is disrupting parks and wild places

A recent study found human-caused noise in protected areas doubled sound energy in many U.S. protected areas, and that noise was encroaching into the furthest reaches of remote areas.

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Why do human beings speak so many languages?

We have few clear answers to fundamental questions about how humanity communicates.

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Climate change is shrinking the Colorado River

One third of the flow decline over the past two decades was likely due to higher temperatures in the Colorado River’s Upper Basin.

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How math education can catch up to the 21st century

While memorized skills and procedures are useful, knowing the underlying meanings and understanding how they work builds problem-solving skills so that students may go beyond solving the standard book chapter problem.

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Saving Javan rhinos from extinction starts with counting them – and it’s not easy

It is very hard to count small populations and characterize their distribution accurately. Nonetheless, scientists and the Indonesian government are forming a plan to rescue the imperiled Javan rhino.

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Poor and middle-income families need a better way than 529s to save for college

The real reason so few families use 529 plans, however, is that they don’t actually make college more affordable.

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