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There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp

There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp

Russians sorting raw hemp fibers in the Kursk region in the 1960s. Hemp has been used as building material for millennia in Europe and elsewhere, but it’s only just starting to get wider recognition as a green construction option.

Laser

Laser

The United States Navy's laser weapon. It can be used to ablate, ignite or otherwise damage an air or sea target.

States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

Game warden Keith Knighton, left, with a buck shot by Brodie McDonald during a special hunt to check for chronic wasting disease in deer in Montana last month.

3.6 Degrees of Uncertainty

3.6 Degrees of Uncertainty

Icebergs near Greenland's glaciers, which are speeding up as the climate warms.

79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

Europa, one of Jupiter’s larger moons, lower left, and the shadow of Io, another moon, upper right, are joined by 12 recently discovered moons orbiting the solar system’s largest planet.

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

A protein found in the inner ear also exists in cells that help us perceive sour tastes, according to a new study.

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

An orca whale has carried her dead calf on her nose for days in the Pacific Northwest.

Silicon Valley’s Water Conservation Conundrum

Silicon Valley’s Water Conservation Conundrum

­“Silicon Valley has been talking about water technology since they started talking about clean tech, but there are no new big ideas,” said Joel Makower, the chairman and executive editor of the GreenBiz Group.

Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure

Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure

Is the pleasure of enjoying a Leonardo da Vinci painting really any different than the pleasure we get from eating chocolate?

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

Dr. Eske Willerslev, director of the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, earlier this month.

Some Birds Are Better Off With Weak Immune Systems

Some Birds Are Better Off With Weak Immune Systems

The tree pipit migrates to and from Africa and Europe each year.

Lanternflies Eat Everything in Sight. The U.S. Is Looking Delicious.

Lanternflies Eat Everything in Sight. The U.S. Is Looking Delicious.

The spotted lanternfly can lay eggs on almost any surface and feeds on a broad range of plants, including many commercial crops.

Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid

A view of the asteroid Ryugu captured by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft on Sunday, from a distance of about 40 kilometers.

How Long Can We Live? The Limit Hasn’t Been Reached, Study Finds

How Long Can We Live? The Limit Hasn’t Been Reached, Study Finds

In Acciaroli, a hamlet in southern Italy, about one-in-60 residents are over the age of 90. A survey of about 4,000 Italians found that mortality rates in old age plateau around 105, suggesting that the ceiling for human lifespan has not yet been reached.

How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars

How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars

A thermal image of elephants, part of an effort to apply tools from astronomy to help conservationists and fight poaching.

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

Almost 230 feet tall and weighing more than 3 million pounds, the Falcon Heavy is more powerful than any other rocket flying today.


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